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facsimile of "The Identical" drawing by AB, undated
Collection Description & Creator Information
The Aubrey Beardsley Collection contains drawings from Beardsley's early Art Nouveau work, book illustrations, borders, chapter headings, title pages, and posters. In addition, a signed autograph manuscript of "The Art of Hoarding," notes for a Volpone prospectus, its revision, and introduction are included, as well as notes for a short story, "The Celestial Lover," which Beardsley never developed, and portions of the original holograph manuscripts of "Under the Hill" and "The Ivory Piece."
Among the major correspondents are Edmund Gosse, Robert Underwood Johnson, and Leonard Smithers. Albert Eugene Gallatin, art critic and collector of this material, is also represented in letters from Henry Harland, Philip Hofer, Mitchell Kennerley, Percy Lubbock, A. Hyatt Mayor, Arthur Symons, and others. In addition, there is correspondence from Douglas Ainslie, Joseph M. Dent, John Lane, and Beardsley's mother and sister, as well as photographs of Beardsley and family members.
- Custodial History:
The collection was formed as a result of a departmental practice of combining into one collection manuscript material of various accessions relating to a particular author.
- Archival Appraisal Information:
These books have been transferred to the Rare Books Division:
King, A. W. (Arthur William): An Aubrey Beardsley Lecture...., London, R. A. Walker, 1924, #140 of 500, signed by R. A. Walker
Reade, Brian: Aubrey Beardsley, an exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1966.
Reade, Brian, compiler: Aubrey Beardsley: an Exhibition Arranged by Brian Reade for the Gallery of Modern Art, Foundation for Modern Art, New York, 1967
Walker, R. A., editor: Letters from Aubrey Beardsley to Leonard Smithers, The First Edition Club, Chiswick Press, London, 1937.
Access & Use
- Access Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.
- Conditions for Reproduction and Use:
Single copies may be made for research purposes. No further duplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to Special Collections Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.
- Credit this material:
facsimile of "The Identical" drawing by AB; Aubrey Beardsley Collection, C0056, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library
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- Storage Note:
- Firestone Library (mss): Boxes 5; 5B