One Evening of Light Mist in London.; Aubrey Beardsley | An Obituary Memoir.; Paul Verlaine
Three books from the Tragara Press, housed in a collector’s paper covered slipcase and cloth covered chemise.
[TRAGARA PRESS] ADLARD, John. One Evening of Light Mist in London.
Edinburgh: Tragara Press, 1980. Octavo. Bound in original brown paper wrappers, with printed lettering set within an ornamental border to the upper left of the upper cover. [vi + frontispiece], 7-33, [i + colophon] pp. Lower corners slightly bumped, else a Fine copy. The text was set in Bardou type and printed on Glastonbury Antique Laid paper. One of 145 copies, of which this is number 18. Frontispiece portrait of Apollinaire and Annie Playden. The title was taken from the opening line to Apollinaire’s La Chanson du Mal Aimé, which is reproduced as the epigraph to the present volume: One evening of light mist in London/A hoodlum who was very like/My love came sidling up to me/And the look in the boy’s eyes/Made me hang my head for shame.
[Halliwell, Books Printed and Published by the Tragara Press, 74.]
GRAY, JOHN. Aubrey Beardsley | An Obituary Memoir.
Edinburgh: Tragara Press, 1980. Octavo. Bound in original pamphlet-stitched printed grey wrappers. Unpaginated [20pp.] A Fine copy. This memoir first appeared in La Revue Blanche (1898). Frontispiece portrait of Beardsley by Félix Vallotton. The text was hand-set in Perpetua, and printed by Alan Anderson. One of 95 copies, of which this is number 16.
[Halliwell, Books Printed and Published by the Tragara Press, 73.]
SYMONS, Arthur. Paul Verlaine.
Edinburgh: Tragara Press, 1980. Octavo. Bound in original marbled paper wrappers, with printed paper label to the upper cover. [ii + frontispiece], 3-12, [ii + colophon] pp. A Fine copy. One of 115 copies, of which this is number 14 of 20 copies printed on Sheepstor hand-made paper. The paper is felicitously watermarked, given its name, with an image of a sheep, though perhaps a goat would have been more appropriate for Verlaine. The frontispiece reproduces the portrait of Verlaine by the Symbolist painter Eugène Carrière. Symons text was first published in the North American Review (May 1915).
[Halliwell, Books Printed and Published by the Tragara Press, 69a.]. Item #93