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The Venture. An Annual of Art and Literature. Two Volumes

Artist(s): Various
Format: hardback
Edition: First
Year published: 1903 & 1905
Publisher: John Baillie/Pear Tree Press
Publisher Location: London
Illustrations: Illustrated

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Only two volumes published. The 1903 volume was edited by Laurence Housman and W. Somerset Maugham. Maugham appears not to be involved in editing the 1905 volume. The 1903 volume contains Maugham’s first play, ‘Marriages are Made in Heaven’, along with contributions from G.K. Chesterton (first publication of ‘The Philosophy of Islands’), Alice Meynell, Thomas Hardy (first publication of ‘The Market- Girl’), A.E. Housman (first publication of ‘The Oracles’, Laurence Housman (‘Proverbial Romances’) John Masefield, Laurence Binyon, etc. The volume is illustrated with woodcuts by Charles Hazlewood Shannon, Charles Ricketts, T. Sturge Moore, Lucien Pissarro, E. Gordon Craig, Paul Woodroffe, and Laurence Housman (who also designed the front cover). The 1905 volume is particularly significant in containing the first appearance in book form of a work by James Joyce (‘Two Songs’). Other literary contributors included W. Somerset Maugham, Arthur Symons, T. Sturge Moore, G. K. Chesterton, and Thomas Hardy. Artists included are Charles Ricketts, Lucien Pissarro, E. Gordon Craig, J. Singer Sargent, J. M. Whistler, Frank Brangwyn, Augustus John, and Arthur Rackham.

See: Laurel Brake. Aestheticism and Decadence: The Yellow Book (1894-7), The Chameleon (1894), and The Savoy (1896) in The Oxford Critical and Cultural History of Modernist Magazines. Volume 1: Britain and Ireland 1880-1955, edited by Peter Brooker and Andrew Thacker. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009 pp.76-100  “Arts Search

Very good set. The front hinge of the 1903 volume is weak.

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