To mark the centenary of Aubrey Beardsley's death
in 1898, the Cypher Press issued this limited-edition volume containing
of all of Beardsleys mature published writings, reunited for
the first time ever with all the relevant illustrations, together
with the lions share of his juvenilia which, though
sometimes lacking the intensity of his later work, is never without
charm, and sometimes has real interest.
With a single exception, the illustrations
in the printed In Black and White have been taken from the best
available impressions of the original line-blocks. In the case of
Enter Herodias, however, since the original line-block
was damaged, and since the censored version is now a much rarer
image, the version we reproduce has been taken from John Lanes
1907 large-format Portfolio of Drawings for Salome.
In Black and White is published in a limited
edition of 150 copies, bound in silk and running to 250 pages. A
version in Adobe's pdf format is available for free download by
(size 2.5mb). To purchase a copy, or for further information, send
us an email.
Stephen Calloway is certainly the preeminent authority
on the life and art of Aubrey Beardsley. In addition to his critical
biography, published in 1998 to great acclaim, the exhibition on
Beardsley's work which he curated at London's Victoria and Albert
Museum was one of the V&A's most successful ever staged there.