4to., (11 4/8 x 8 4/8 inches). 4 collotype plates reproducing wash drawings by John Buckland Wright, 5 trial engravings and etchings (each a little toned, one or two insignificant spots) for the work by Buckland Wright, together with a letterpress "Note on the John Buckland Wright Edition of L'Après-midi d'un Faune" by Mary Buckland Wright contained in an accompanying green cloth envelope. Original bleached pigskin, decorated in gilt after Buckland Wright on the front cover, top edge gilt, others uncut (unevenly toned); preserved in a green cloth slipcase. Provenance: from the library of Jacques Levy, his sale, Sotheby's, 20th April 2012, lot 223 First published in 1876. Limited issue, copy L of 25 lettered copies issued with a suite of trial plates, of a total edition of 50. Mallarme's sensual "L'Apres-midi d'un Faune" is his most celebrated work. It was an instant success and inspired the music of Debussy, and the ballet of Najinsky. Although planned as the third title from the "J.W.B. Editions" press and the sheets printed before WWII in the Hague under the supervision of Henri Friedlander, friend of Buckland Wright, they remained in Holland until 1947 when they were sent to London. Buckland Wright continued to work on the illustrations for the rest of his life, but the work was not published until after his death, as here. An edition with Aldous Huxley's English translation was published in the same year by the Golden Cockerel Press. Reid A73.
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