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The Yellow Book

The Yellow Book was a popular literary quarterly published in London during the ‘decadent’ 1890s by Elkin Mathews and John Lane, edited by Henry Harland. It contained a range of literary and artistic genres, and illustrations. Aubrey Beardsley was its first art editor. He has been credited with choosing the yellow cover, a decision that in part had to do with the colour’s connection to risqué French fiction of the period.

This photo was taken in the reading room at the University of Nevada – Las Vegas, Special Collections Library.

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