SALOME / A TRAGEDY IN ONE ACT by Oscar Wilde
A rare masterpiece of a book! The pages hold Lord Alred Douglas' translation from the French, of SALOME ~ A TRAGEDY IN ONE ACT, written in French by Oscar Wilde. Bound in sophisticated, blaringly simple Art Deco binding with front and back in dry printed editorial canvas impressed with the figure of Salome among the stars posed over the head of John the Baptist on a silver platter. Inside, there is an introduction by Holbrook Jackson giving a thorough background.
The large, over-folded pages were decorated and hand-illuminated by Valenti Angelo (1897-1982), an Italian-American printmaker, illustrator and author. Born in Massarosa, Italy, he emigrated to America as a youth. In addition to SALOME, Angelo illustrated Walt Whitman's LEAVES OF GRASS among over 200 other books. His work has been included in the annual American Institute of Graphic Arts exhibitions since 1927. In 1939, Angelo won the esteemed Newberry Honor for Nino.
SALOME was published by The Heritage Press, New York in 1945. The pages are large sheets folded downward so that each page opens at the side and bottom. They are printed on one side only. The book has 51 pages and is in impeccable condition. Only the cover displays the most mild of wear due to age. This is an exceedingly rare example of the illustrated Deco SALOME, in excellent condition. 10" X 6 1/8" X 1/2" Free shipping by USPS Media Mail to USA address.