THE PIERROT OF THE MINUTE. Ernest Dowson.

THE PIERROT OF THE MINUTE.

(Rogers, Bruce).
  • New York: The Grolier Club, 1923.
  • large 12mo.
  • marbled paper-covered boards, wrap-around paper label, plain paper-covered slipcase with paper spine label.
  • 49+(1) pages.
  • ISBN: none

Price: $250.00  other currencies

Order Nr. 54293

Limited to 300 copies (Asaf 78, Warde: Bruce Rogers, p.68). In 1921, the Grolier Club commissioned six printers to produce a book of their choice in their own design. Rogers selected the Dowson playlet in which Pierrot gains the love of a Moon Maid for one night and learns the difference between mortals and immortals, or artists and art. Since this work had first appeared in 1897 with decorations and illustrations by Beardsley, it was, as the saying goes, something of a tough act to follow. Rogers decided, perhaps following the deliberately archaic poetic diction of the play, to "embower" (Warde p.39) the text in various combinations of rococo-style ornaments. These are developed from the title page design, which contains all of the elements appearing elsewhere except for two simple astronomical ornaments and part of Roger's colophon device. Pages are framed in one of three variants of a border printed in rose red using chains and garlands of dots and floral elements modelled after Fournier. Printed by W.E. Rudge using Deberny type. A fine, unopened copy in the original glassine wrappers. Slipcase slightly soiled.