The Rape of the Lock – Alexander Pope, Aubrey Beardsley (1902)


The Rape of the Lock – Alexander Pope, Aubrey Beardsley (1902)


Title: The Rape of the Lock

Author: Alexander Pope, Aubrey Beardsley(illus)

Publisher: John Lane, 1902. First thus.

Condition: Hardcover. A very small, thin book. Heavily annotated in pencil, but otherwise good. With 9 black-and-white illustrations by Aubrey Beardsley.

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About the book (from Wikipedia):

The Rape of the Lock is a mock-heroic narrative poem written by Alexander Pope, first published anonymously in Lintot’s Miscellaneous Poems and Translations in May 1712 in two cantos (334 lines), but then revised, expanded and reissued in an edition “Written by Mr. Pope” on 4 March 1714, a five-canto version (794 lines) accompanied by six engravings. Pope boasted that the poem sold more than three thousand copies in its first four days. The final form of the poem was available in 1717 with the addition of Clarissa’s speech on good humour.

About Beardsley (from Wikipedia):

Aubrey Vincent Beardsley (21 August 1872 – 16 March 1898) was an English illustrator and author. His drawings in black ink, influenced by the style of Japanese woodcuts, emphasized the grotesque, the decadent, and the erotic. He was a leading figure in the Aesthetic movement which also included Oscar Wilde and James A. McNeill Whistler. Beardsley’s contribution to the development of the Art Nouveau and poster styles was significant, despite the brevity of his career before his early death from tuberculosis.