The Art of Book Design: Salome

Oscar Wilde. Salome. Illustrated by Aubrey Beardsley. London : John Lane, the Bodley Head ; New York : John Lane Co., 1907.

Aubrey Beardsley was one of Caine’s favourite artists from the Art Nouveau and Art Deco periods. Beardsley was commissioned directly by Oscar Wilde for this edition of Salome. Wilde felt that Beardsley’s modern, dark and macabre style captured the true spirit of the book.

I’ve included all the interior plates below the fold and they are deliciously grim and gruesome. The entire book can be viewed at The Internet Archive.

Salome, Frontispiece

Salome, Copyright Page

Salome, Title Page

Salome, List of Illustrations

Salome, Page 2

Salome, Page 8

Salome, Page 16

Salome, Page 20

Salome, Page 24

Salome, Page 32

Salome, Page 40

Salome, Page 48

Salome, Page 50

Salome, Page 56

Salome, Page 64


via: The Internet Archive


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