The Mirror of Music by Stanley V. Makower 1st 1895 Aubrey Beardsley
First American edition published by Roberts Brothers in 1895. This is a near fine copy. It has its original light blue cloth with black stamping to front board and gilt lettering to spine. There is a key that has been designed for Stanley Makower by Beardsley on the back board. A couple of the corners have been pushed. The spine is a shade sunned. The pages are very clean. Overall a near fine copy.
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.
The authors first title and 15th in the keynotes series, it is an unusual story about a woman driven mad by music. Beautiful illustration on the front board and title page by beardsley of an angel playing a cello. A rare title in this near fine condition.