Gray Roses by Henry Harland 1st / 1st 1895
First American edition published by Roberts Brothers in 1895. This is a near fine copy. It has its original brown cloth with black stamping to front board and gilt lettering to spine. There is very little wear at all with just the tiniest wear to the corner tips and spine ends. There is a smattering of foxing to the inside board and front free end paper. The pages are very clean. Overall a near fine example.
Keynotes was a series of 34 novels and short story collections published by John Lane from 1893. The series was coined 'keynotes' due to the title of the first novel in the series by George Egerton. Aubrey Beardsley produced cover designs and embellishments for 22 of the titles. Beardsley’s designs comprised a title frame with illustration or decoration which was blocked in gold (or black with the american versions) on the cover. For 15 of the titles he also created a series of key-shaped monograms for the authors, designs which were used either on the spines and / or the backs of the books.
This was number 10 in the series with boards and title page designed by Beardsley along with the key. This is a series of short stories by the founding editor of 'The Yellow Book'. He edited the first two volumes before publishing this collection of short stories that includes 'The Bohemian Girl' where he constrasts life in Paris compared to that in victorian england in general and for women at that time.