OSCAR WILDE FIRST EDITION, THE BLACK SUN PRESS A BEAUTIFUL COPY
WILDE, Oscar. L’Anniversaire de l’Infante. Illustrations par Alastair. Paris: The Black Sun Press, 1928. Folio, original cream paper wrappers, original glassine, original marbled slipcase. $8500.
Rare limited deluxe first edition, number II of only 10 copies on Japon Impérial out of 110 printed, with nine full-page illustrations by Alastair and published by Harry and Caresse Crosby’s Black Sun Press.
This special edition of Wilde’s “The Birthday of the Infanta,” originally published in English in The House of Pomegranates in 1891, was designed entirely by Alastair, with nine full-page and numerous marginal illustrations by him. “Alastair” was the pseudonym of Baron Hans Henning Voight, German-born artist, dancer and mime, who derived his provocative style of illustration directly from Aubrey Beardsley. His pictures are known for their combination of “decorative elegance with a fascination with the perverse, sinister and satanic” (Peppin & Micklethwait). Caresse and Harry Crosby’s Black Sun Press “is one of those happy combinations of husband and wife working together, which always lend added charm to a private press and they make a point of providing interesting illustrations” (Ransom, 178). With forward by Harry Crosby. Text in French.
Book fine, illustrations vivid and beautiful. Only light edge-wear to original glassine and slipcase. A fine copy. Rare.