London: Rupert Hart-Davies, 1958. 1st Edition. Slim folio, publisher's burgundy cloth over pink and gray patterned paper-covered boards, spine gilt, top edge stained red, original pictorial dust jacket printed in red and black.
Collection of 46 caricatures of eminent late Victorians – including Oscar Wilde, Aubrey Beardsley, Ada Reeve, James McNeill Whistler, Henry James, and two self-portraits – by celebrated dandy, cartoonist and writer Beerbohm. Dubbed "the Incomparable Max" by George Bernard Shaw, Beerbohm was noted especially for his attentiveness to clothing in his drawings, making them an invaluable record of men's fashion of the day. The majority of black-and-white plates – reproductions of pen-and-ink drawings and some watercolors done early in Beerbohm's career – were previously unpublished in book form, and derive mostly from the "little magazines" of art and literature of the time, such as the Idler, the Savoy and the Butterfly. With an introduction by fellow British cartoonist Lancaster. Early typed presentation card laid in. Corners gently banged, clipped dust jacket with minute chipping to spine-head and several small nicks and closed tears to edges. Very good. Item #172