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Aubrey Beardsley Collection to Re-Launch Shapero Rare Books

An exhibition of rare Aubrey Beardsley collection will be re-launching Shapero Rare Books from May 13th, located on New Bond Street, Mayfair, London. Aubrey Beardsley is a renowned draughtsman and illustrator who has thrilled audiences with his decadent monochrome drawings. This particular collection, started by Rainforth Armitage Walker and continued by W.G. Good, will comprise of all the major works in the artist’s canon. It will be the most comprehensive collection of Beardsley’s Printed works ever assembled, it is nearly one hundred years old but it is still in exceptional condition.  

Shapero Rare Books will display this outstanding collection for sale featuring Beardsley’s most important works, alongside his earlier works, books from his library, rare books about the Decadent and Aesthetic movements, unexpurgated proofs and other collectable works. Beardsley’s magnum opus Le Morte d’Arthur is one of the highlights of the collection, which is a rare edition of the Arthurian legend that features beautiful renderings of the story of the death of Arthur. Also, part of the exhibition will be an extremely rare illustrated first edition of Oscar Wilde’s Salome, from W. G. Good’s library.

Bernard Shapero, CEO of Shapero Rare Books, comments, “The Walker-Good collection provides an exceptional opportunity to experience the full scope of Aubrey Beardsley's all-too-short career as an illustrator and artist, from his earliest works when he was still at school through to the final, unfinished works showcasing the evolution of an epic ambition and imagination.”

For more information, visit the Shapero Rare Books website.
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