The Lysistrata Of Aristophanes:

Paris: Privately Printed [?Vendôme Press], 1931

Large 8vo, pp. 61. Loose signatures laid in to stiff paper wrappers, lettered in red on front panel and spine. Unopened. Card slipcase, edged in silver. Covers a little rumpled and dusty, but contents -- including the plates -- fresh and bright, the whole contained in the original slipcase, with one small split to top edge.

No. 187 of an edition 525 copies.
Beardsley's illustrated Lysistrata was first published in 1896, in an edition of only 100 copies; shortly after their appearance, Beardsley was moved to write to Marc-André Raffalovich that '...they are in a way the best things I have ever done.' This edition is privately printed, but there are clues. The title page font looks very much like that used by the Vendôme Press, a small publishing house which specialised in risqué titles, and which was operating out of the Rue St.-Honoré in Paris at the time of this book's publication. That the writer of this book's preface, G.F.Lees, was also the author of Ultima and After, a history of the Vendôme Press, suggests strongly that Lysistrata was indeed published by a Vendôme Press preferring anonymity to possible prosecution.
Beardsley's gloriously bawdy illustrations for this text were reproduced in 1994 by the Erotic Print Society.
A very nice copy of a very scarce book.


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