The Pageant
The Pageant The Pageant
London: Henry and Co.. 1897.

4to. 248x190mm. pp. [8], 266, viii (publisher's advertisements). Tan cloth with dark brown illustration and lettering on upper cover and spine. Edges coloured red. Some rubbing to the extremities, with bumping to corners and chipping to head of spine. Internally in very good condition with some occasional marking and some browning to the top edge of a few pages. The rear free end paper has the word "Daddy" inscribed in black ink. Overall, a nice copy in very good condition. The endpapers are designed by Lucien Pissarro and there is a lovely five block coloured woodcut by him. The Pageant ran for only two issues (this is the second) and might be described as a curious and doomed attempt to effect a shotgun marriage between Pre-Raphaelitism, the Arts and Crafts Movement and French Symbolism. This second issue has been described thus: "the predominant tone is derived from Symbolist models, but given a characteristically British twist of medievalizing codswallop". The journal mixes poetry, short stories, articles about art (there is an interesting illustrated piece by Charles Ricketts "On original Wood-Engraving") with reproductions of works of art by Burne Jones, Rossetti, Walter Crane, Gustave Moreau as well as Pissarro. "The Pageant as a whole celebrates its refinement and distance from popular taste". David Peters Corbett "Symbolism in British 'Little Magazines'" in The Oxford Critical and Cultural History of Modernist Magazines. Volume I. ed. Peter Brooker and Andrew Thacker.