The Sphinx

By: Wilde, Oscar

Price: $1,200.00

Quantity: 1 available

Book Condition: Very Good with no dust jacket


Publisher's full cream cloth, gilt lettering on spine, elaborate gilt decoration on cover. "This edition is limited to 1,000 copies and cannot be reprinted, as the stones from which the offset plates were printed were in Belgium at the time of the German invasion, and were destroyed." Illustrated with twelve tissue-protedted, full-page plates and thirteen decorated opening initials by Alastair. This is the only edition with the Alastair plates. "Alastair" was the pseudonym of Baron Hans-Henning von Voigt (1887-1969), a German-born artist, dancer and mime, 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). This special edition of Wilde's The Sphinx, designed entirely by Alastair, contains ten fine tissue-guarded full-page black-and-white illustrations, two additional illustrations tipped front and rear, and numerous large ornamental initial letters—all heightened in teal by hand. "The publication of The Sphinx in 1920 signaled the start of Alastair's decade of fame… . . Former owner's name and date (1922) on fep, spine darkened, covers rubbed, interior clean and bright, tight and square. All of the illustrations are in perfect, pristine condition. VERY GOOD. . Color Illustrations. 4to 11" - 13" tall. (iv), 36, (4) pp

Title: The Sphinx

Author Name: Wilde, Oscar

Illustrator: Illustrated by Alastair (Baron Hans-Hennig von Voigt)

Categories: Rare, Antiquarian, and Collectible Books, Novels, Poetry & Literature, Illustrated Books,

Edition: Limited Edition. 1st Printing

Publisher: London, John Lane: 1920

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Very Good with no dust jacket

Item: 3.00 lbs

Seller ID: 9195

Keywords: Rare Books; Illustrated Books; John Lane; Bodley Head; Oscar Wilde; Alastair; Baron von Voigt; Decadent art;