London: H. Henry & Co. (1896). 311pp.
A rare decadent novel in the form of a journal and letters, which resembles a French Symbolism work. The introduction cautions: "Basil Brooke....[has] a tendency toward softness, fatalistic acquiescence, and pervasive unsatisfactoriness which are so regrettably "in the air"...he becomes one which it may be good to present at the present time- if only for warning." There are descriptions of decadent London rooms and much drug-taking and a failed romance. The introduction also notes that the book was completed before the recent death of a well known French writer (Paul Verlaine?).
Brian Reade's penned ownership signature on endpaper and his penciled notation where Beardsley is mentioned in the text. Quite rare- there appear to be no institutional copies in the US. Very good in publisher's boards, marbled endpapers, light wear to corners, spine a bit dulled.