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(BEARDSLEY, AUBREY). Jonson, Ben. Volpone: or, The Foxe . . . Together with a Eulogy of the Artist by Robert Ross. Five initial letters, frontispiece, and cover design by Beardsley, with an extra, enlarged set of the five pictorial initials tipped-in. Printed on Imperial Japanese Vellum. 4to, full vellum decoratively gilt in designs by Beardsley. London: Leonard Smithers, 1898
number one of one hundred deluxe copies bound in vellum, with the extra set of plates. Out of the 24 drawings planned, Beardsley lived only long enough to complete five initials, the frontispiece, and the cover design. There are actually six pictorial initials in the text, appearing at the beginning of the Argument and each of the five acts, but the initials at the beginning of Act Two and Act Four are the same design; the enlarged reproduction of the initial appears only at the beginning of Act Two. Lasner 129; Gallatin, pages 69-70.