A Tip-top Novel. London: John Lane, The Bodley Head, n.d. Original medium-brown wrappers stamped in dark brown.
This is Henry Duff Traill's parody of Grant Allen's fantasy of British society (via time-travel) THE BRITISH BARBARIANS: A Hill-top Novel, published the year before in John Lane's Keynotes Series. (Traill was a critic and parodist, immortalized in the line of a Kipling poem, "And a minor poet certified by Traill!") As with all of the early volumes in the Keynotes Series, the binding / title page design of the Grant Allen book was by Aubrey Beardsley; here, Beardsley is parodying himself, doctoring his own original illustration of the maid into a woman rather more grotesque -- said to have been a caricature of the actress Ada Lundberg. As with the Keynotes volumes, Beardsley also created a "key" design for this book, which incorporates the author's initials.~This copy is stamped in dark brown; others are stamped in green (no priority). It is in near-fine condition (one light droplet-mark, but scarcely any wear). Quite uncommon. Stetz & Lasner 69. Item #13387