First edition, first printing. Publisher's original brown thin card covers with titles and decoration in dark green to the upper and lower covers, and spine. The front cover, title page, and key monogram (to rear panel and verso of the title-page) are by Aubrey Beardsley. All edges untrimmed. A very good copy, the binding square and firm, the thin card covers are a little toned, the yapped edges nicked and creased. The contents are clean throughout and without inscriptions or stamps. Priced 'One Shilling Net' to the upper edge of the front panel. A very well-preserved copy.

Triall's 'tip-top novel', is a parodic response to Grant Allen's 'hill-top novel', 'The British Barbarians' (1895), the twenty-first volume in John Lane's Keynotes series. Allen's anthropological satire of late nineteenth century mores was also published with designs by Beardsley. The designs for Traill's book, like its contents, lampoon those of the earlier work. The wrappers were published in two variants, with either dark brown or dark green lettering (to brown wraps in both variants). (Lasner 98; Bleiler; Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy).

Stock code: 22847


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