The Yellow Book. An Illustrated Quarterly. Volume I April 1894 [- Volume XIII April, 1897]. London, Elkin Mathews & John Lane & Boston, Copeland & Day, 1894-1897.
Thirteen volumes, all published, with illustrations throughout the text, in the original yellow publisher’s pictorial cloth embossed in black, bindings slightly dusty, worn at extremities.
A good set of the most famous periodical of the 1890s, with illustrations by Aubrey Beardsley, William Rothenstein, Charles Condor, John Singer Sargent and Walter Sickert and literary contributions by W.B. Yeats, H.G. Wells, George Gissing, Henry James and Max Beerbohm. With the iconic yellow decorative bindings, Aubrey Beardsley’s nod to the illicit French fiction of the time and a visual suggestion of its avant garde and decadent beginnings, its striking images, ground-breaking entries and its links to Oscar Wilde, this remains one of the most tangible evocation of the 1890s.
This set is offered with a fourteenth volume, The Yellow Book a Selection, a companion volume compiled by Norman Denny and published by the Bodley Head in 1949, in pictorial grey cloth with a yellow dust-wrapper (here a little chipped).