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Art Nouveau Style

Le Morte d’Arthur

Malory, Thomas Sir. Le Morte d’Arthur. J. M. Dent, 1893-1894.

Tan linen blocked in gold on front, back, and spine. Cover design by Aubrey Beardsley.



The Yellow Book: An Illustrated Quarterly.   London: Elkin Mathews and John Lane, 1894-1900.

Yellow cloth blocked in black on front, spine, and back. Cover designed by Aubrey Beardsley.

Volumes 1-4 were designed by Beardsley.

The Yellow Book (1894)



Les Maîtres de l’Affiche

Les Maîtres de l’Affiche. 2 vols.  Paris: Imprimerie Chaix, 1896.

Blue cloth blocked in green, black, and beige on front, spine, and back, with beveled boards. One of the most famous publications of art of the Art Nouveau period, this series contains splendid lithographed posters by such artists as Toulouse-Lautrec, Mucha, and Will Bradley.



Von Liliencron, Detlev. Kampf und Spiele. Berlin: Schufter & Loeffler, 1897.

Von Liliencron, Detlev. Nebel und Sonne. Berlin: Schufter & Loeffler, 1900.

Brown cloth blocked in gold, black, and green, and gold on spine. An excellent example of Jugendstil, the corresponding Art Nouveau movement in Germany. This particular design is based on the author’s name: Lilien = lily, Cron = crown. 

Detlev Von Liliencron Vols.



The Poetical Works of Sir Walter Scott

Scott, Sir Walter. The Poetical Works of Sir Walter Scott. London: Frederick Warne & Company, ca.1900.

Transparent vellum (called “vellucent”) over painted paper, gold border on front, spine, and back, and gilt dentelles on inside cover. Believed to be the work of binder Cedric Chivers of Bath, England.


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