Learite Bookplate

André Raffalovich’s bookplate by Austin Osman Spare.

From the following auction:

Private Press, Illustrated Books and Modern First Editions – Wednesday 30th January 2019
Beardsley (Aubrey) A Book of Fifty Drawings, with an Iconography by Aymer Vallance, [one of 500 copies], plates, captioned guards, André Raffalovich’s copy with his bookplate by Austin Osman Spare and small ink stamp of Dominican Fathers Edinburgh, original pictorial red cloth, gilt, t.e.g., a little soiled, spine rubbed and faded, Leonard Smithers, 1897 Lacassagne (Prof. Alexandre) La Verte Vieillesse, signed presentation copy from the author to André Raffalovich inscribed on half-title, original wrappers, uncut, glacine wrapper, a little rubbed and frayed at edges, Lyons, 1921, 4to & 8vo (2)

? Marc-André Raffalovich (1864-1934), French poet and writer on homosexuality, and life-long partner of the poet John Gray. Under Gray’s influence he became a Catholic and joined the order of Dominicans in Edinburgh, where Gray had become a priest.

Alexandre Lacassagne (1843-1924) was a French physician and criminologist.
CATEGORY: The Property Of The Late Bruce Beatty


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