Messes Noires: Lord Lyllian. First edition, octavo, in original limp wrappers block printed with a multi-color woodcut illustration by Claude Simpson, edges untrimmed, slight defect to back cover along the bottom edge, evenly toned, 23 1/2x16 1/2 cm. Paris: Leon Vanier, [4 February] 1905.
Just five years after Oscar Wilde's death, this fin de siècle novel posits a fictionalized Wilde as its main character. Fersen was living in Capri at the time of writing, after his black masses, sexual exploitation of school-aged boys, and addiction to opium necessitated a retreat from France.Paris: Leon Vanier, [4 February] 1905.