Franz von BAYROSAladdin oder die Wunderlampe. Ein Märchen aus 1001 Nacht. Mit Bildern von Franz von Bayros. [= Aladdin or the Magic Lamp. A fairy tale from 1001 nights. Illustrations by Franz von Bayros].
4to, publisher’s half blue cloth over colour illustrated boards, decorated doublure and endpapers. (16) pp., 7 illustrations in black, 8 superb large coloured compositions (including the cover and the title-page). Complete.
First Edition of the artist’s last book published posthumously.
The Austrian artist Franz von Bayros, also known by the pseudonyms Choisy le Conin and Venu de Bonestoc, was born in 1866 in Zagreb and died in 1924 in Vienna. After studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna (in the class of Christian Griepenkerl), he became a portrait painter and a bookplate designer (influence of Alfons Mucha who worked in Vienna until 1881). He was shortly linked to the family of Johann Strauss, whose daughter-in-law Alice he married in 1896. Today he is best remembered for his work as an illustrator of erotic literature. He is sometimes compared to Félicien Rops and Aubrey Beardsley. “Unlike the erotic drawings and illustrations of his contemporaries Klimt and Schiele, von Bayros’s gallant scenes are set in an imaginary eighteenth century, surrounded by arabesques mixing Rococo and Jugendstil” (Apocalypse).
Publisher’s card (with manuscript note on verso) loosely inserted.