Prospectus: The Yellow Book 2 (July 1894)

The Yellow Book An Illustrated Quarterly

Volume II July 1894
London: Elkin Mathews & John Lane
Price Five Shillings Net

Contributions have appeared or will appear by the following among others


Authors

E. TRELAWNY BACKHOUSE

LIONEL JOHNSON

MAX BEERBOHM

RICHARD LE GALLIENNE

A C BENSON

RONALD CAMPBELL MACFIE

HUBERT CRACKANTHORPE

STANLEY V. MAKOWER

ELLA D'ARCY

THEO MARZIALS

KATHARINE DE MATTOS

DAUPHIN MEUNIER

JOHN DAVIDSON

CHARLOTTE M MEW

AUSTIN DOBSON

GEORGE MOORE

MÉNIE MURIEL DOWIE

WALTER PATER

ERNEST DOWSON

ELIZABETH ROBINS PENNELL

GEORGE EGERTON

RICHARD PRYCE

LANOE FALCONER

DOLLIE RADFORD

MICHAEL FIELD

ERNEST RHYS

JEAN DE FRANCE

GEORGE SAINTSBURY

NORMAN GALE

CHARLES SIBLEY

RICHARD GARNETT

OSWALD SICKERT

EDMUND GOSSE

F M SIMPSON

KENNETH GRAHAME

ARTHUR SYMONS

FREDERICK GREENWOOD

NETTA SYRETT

PHILIP GILBERT HAMERTON

BEERBOHM TREE

HENRY HARLAND

WILLIAM WATSON

FRANK HARRIS

ARTHUR WAUGH

ALFRED HAYES

CHARLES WHIBLEY

JOHN OLIVER HOBBES

CHARLES WILLEBY

SELWYN IMAGE

W. B. YEATS

HENRY JAMES

I. ZANGWILL


Artists

Sir FREDERIC LEIGHTON, P. R. A.

SYDNEY ADAMSON

W BROWN MACDOUGALL

WILFRID BALL

J. T. NETTLESHIP

AUBREY BEARDSLEY

J. BERNARD PARTRIDGE

R. ANNING BELL

JOSEPH PENNELL

WALTER CRANE

WILL ROTHENSTEIN

FRANCIS FORSTER

J. S. SARGENT A. R. A.

CHARLES W. FURSE

BERNHARD SICKERT

L. B. GOOLD

WALTER SICKERT

MAURICE GREIFFENHAGEN

WILSON STEER

A. S. HARTRICK

E. J. SULLIVAN

LAURENCE HOUSMAN

ALFRED THORNTON

WILLIAM HYDE

AYMER VALLANCE


The Bodley Head     Vigo Street, W.

The Yellow Book An Illustrated Quarterly


THE Second Volume of THE YELLOW BOOK will be
ready in the second week of July. The following is a list
of the Contents.


Literature

The Gospel of Content . . Frederick Greenwood
Poor Cousin Louis. . . Ella D'Arcy
The Composer of "Carmen" . Charles Willeby
Thirty Bob a Week. . . John Davidson
A Responsibility . . . Henry Harland
A Song . . . . Dollie Radford
Passed . . . . Charlotte M. Mew
Sat est Scripsisse . . Austin Dobson
Three Stories . . . V., 0., C. S.
In a Gallery . . . Katharine De Mattos
The Yellow Book, criticised . Philip Gilbert Hamerton, LL.D.
Dreams . . . . Ronald Campbell Macfie
Madame Réjane . . . Dauphin Meunier
The Roman Road . . . Kenneth Grahame
Betrothed . . . . Norman Gale
Thy Heart's Desire . . Netta Syrett
Reticence in Literature. . Hubert Crackanthorpe
My Study . . . . Alfred Hayes
A Letter to the Editor . . Max Beerbohm
An Epigram . . . . William Watson
The Coxon Fund . . . Henry James

Art


Renaissance of Venus . . . . Walter Crane
The Lamplighter . . . . A. S. Hartrick
Comedy Ballet of Marionettes as per-
    formed by the Troupe of the
    "Théâtre Impossible," posed in
    three drawings by . . Aubrey Beardsley
Garçon de Café . . . . . " "
The Slippers of Cinderella . . . " "
Portrait of Madame Réjane . . . " "
A Landscape . . . . . Alfred Thornton
Ada Lundberg . . . . . Walter Sickert
The Old Bedford Music Hall: Little . .
    Dot Hetherington . " "
Portrait of Aubrey Beardsley . . . " "
The Old Man's Garden . . . . E. J. Sullivan
The Quick and the Dead . . . . " "
Reminiscence of "The Transgressor" . . Francis Forster
An Idyll . . . . . W. Brown MacDougall
A Lady and Gentleman . . . . P. Wilson Steer
Portrait of Himself . . . . " "
Portrait of Henry James . . . . J.S. Sargent, A.R.A.
Girl Resting . . . . . Sydney Adamson
A Study . . . . . Bernhard Sickert
For the Backs of Playing Cards . . . Aymer Vallance


    The volume will also have a new title-page and cover design
by Mr. Aubrey Beardsley, and will contain three hundred and
sixty-four pages.


Resumé of Opinions of the Press on Vol I.
of THE YELLOW BOOK


    "If the New Art is represented by the cover of this wonderful
volume," says the Times, “it is scarcely calculated to attract by its
intrinsic beauty or merit." And yet a leader-writer in the Daily News
find the cover “artistically jaundiced"; while "Logroller" in the
Star describes it as bright and smart.— The National Observer asserts
that THE YELLOW BOOK is “not beautiful as a piece of book-making,"
and objects to the type as too small and to the paper as too smooth,
though the same journal in a previous issue thought the type “of a
highly artistic character," and the paper" such a princess might be

proud to use for private correspondence"; and the Daily Chronicle
says THE YELLOW BOOK “is beautifully printed in old-faced type ...
and altogether poses a new and much higher standard for the form of
periodical literature."— The Pall Mall Gazette remarks that Mr.
Henry James's opening story, "The Death of the Lion," "is very
difficult to read," and the Birmingham Gazette fancies it is "chiefly
valuable for the sake of the name of its author"; whereas the
Westminster Gazette says that "it is very near Mr. James's best—there
is satire, humour, and epigram enough in its fifty pages for half a dozen
ordinary stories." The National Observer calls it "a wholesome,
stinging criticism on the pseudo-literates of modern society," the
St. James’s Budget declares that it alone "renders THE YELLOW BOOK
worth buying," and the Daily News made it the subject of a leading
article, observing that "it raises problems," and describing it as "a
diverting apologue."— The Times says that Mr. Le Gallienne's "Tree
Worship" is "singularly repulsive," while the Birmingham Daily Post
avers that it is "almost startlingly strong, and in some passages there
is a fierce passion that thrills."—"Logroller" in the Star characterizes
Miss Ella D'Arcy’s "Irremediable" as a "tragic hint of much power,"
and the same writer admires Mr. William Watson's sonnets as "full of
his own incommunicable dignity and solemn glamour." The Times
calls them "stately and sonorous"; the Pall Mall Gazette alludes to
the "fine classic flavour of their diction."—The Referee describing Mr.
John Davidson's "London" as a "perfect little poem," adds,
"Many a poet has climbed Parnassus to less purpose than Mr. David-
son has climbed Primrose Hill."—And though the Birmingham Gazette
dismisses Mr. George Saintbury's "Sentimental Cellar" as "pompous
and empty," the National Observer thinks it "a clever fantasia on wine
and women."—The St. James’s Gazette falls foul of Mr. Arthur
Symons for the "peculiar kind of gutter immorality" he "celebrates
in song"; but the Times describes Mr. Symons as "graceful and
melodious."— The Globe avers that Mr. Henry Harland's "Mercedes"
is "weak"; "Logroller" says "it is one of the most touching and
delicately wrought idylls of child-life I have ever read."—The Pall
Mall Gazette
condemns Mr. Gosse's poems as "prattling mediocrity";
the Glasgow Herald praises them as "among the best in the book."—
According to the     Daily Chronicle, George Egerton's "Lost Master-
piece" is "a nothingness of words"; according to the Birmingham
Gazette
it is a "most clever, graceful, and cultivated piece of writing";
and the Queen pronounces it "a clever impressionist record of moods."
—The Globe finds Mr. Crackanthorpe's "Modern Melodrama" "very
Crackanthorpian .... and full of actuality."—The Westminster
Gazette
admires Dr. Garnett's translations of Tansillo, and the

"learned and discerning comment" by which they are accompanied.
—The St. James’s Budget describes the "Fool's Hour," by John
Oliver Hobbes and George Moore, as "a work of the keenest wit";
and here there has been no difference amongst the critics.—The St.
James’s Budget
objects to "the ill-drawn and morbidly conceived
drawings of Mr. Aubrey Beardsley" as "particularly offensive";
Public Opinion hails them a "an unqualified success."—The National
Observer
speaks of the style of Sir Frederic Leighton's studies as
"formal, academic, and frigid"; the Chronicle says they are "noble
and doubly welcome."—The National Observer, again, admires Mr.
Pennell's and Mr. Furse’s contributions, while the Chronicle praises
Mr. Rothenstein's "Portrait of a Lady."

*** So much for the critics. The public appears to have been
more single-minded. The First Edition of 5000 copies was
exhausted in five days, and second, third, and fourth editions
have been successively called for. An interesting feature of
Volume II. will be a frank criticism of the Literature and Art
of Volume I. from the pen of Mr. Philip Gilbert Hamerton.

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Contents of Volume I.

Literature

I. The Death of the Lion By Henry James
II. Tree-Worship Richard Le Gallienne
III. A Defence of Cosmetics Max Beerbohm
IV. Δαιμονζσμενος Arthur Christopher Benson
V. Irremediable Ella D'Arcy
VI. The Frontier William Watson
VII. Night on Curbar Edge
VIII. A Sentimental Cellar George Saintsbury
IX. Stella Maris Arthur Symons
X. Mercedes Henry Harland
XI. A Broken Looking-Glass
XII. Alere Flammam
XIII. A Dream of November Edmund Gosse
XIV. The Dedication Fred M. Simpson
XV. A Lost Masterpiece George Egerton
XVI. Reticence in Literature Arthur Waugh
XVII. Modern Melodrama Hubert Crackanthorpe
XVIII. London
XIX. Down-a-down John Davidson
XX. The Love-Story of Luigi
    Tansillo Richard Garnett, LL.D.
XXI. The Fool's Hour John Oliver Hobbes and
George Moore.


Art

I. A Study By Sir Frederic Leighton, P.R.A.
II. L'Education Sentimentale Aubrey Beardsley
III. Le Puy en Velay Joseph Pennell
IV. The Old Oxford Music Hall Walter Sickert
V. Portrait of a Gentleman Will Rothenstein
VI. The Reflected Faun Laurence Housman
VII. Night Piece Aubrey Beardsley
VIII. A Study Sir Frederic Leighton, P.R.A.
IX. Portrait of a Lady Will Rothenstein
X. Portrait of Mrs. Patrick
Campbell Aubrey Beardsley
XI. The Head of Minos J. T. Nettleship
XII. Portrait of a Lady Charles W. Furse
XIII. A Lady Reading Walter Sickert
XIV. A Book Plate Aubrey Beardsley
XV. A Book Plate R. Anning Bell

Fourth Edition now ready
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MLA citation: Prospectus: The Yellow Book 2 (July 1894). Mark Samuels Lasner Collection, on loan to the University of Delaware Library, Newark. The Yellow Nineties Online. Ed. Dennis Denisoff and Lorraine Janzen Kooistra. Ryerson University, 2011. Web. [Date of access]. http://www.1890s.ca/HTML.aspx?s=YBV2_prospectus.html