In celebration of Pride Month 2017, the Fales Library & Special Collection has been highlighting some pieces of their collection that come to us from the LGBTQ community. Every Wednesday this month, we posted curated selections of our materials.
As Pride Month comes to a close, let’s shift from archives to printed books, examining a few volumes designed by Charles Ricketts, prolific multidisciplinary artist and founder of the Vale Press.
Ricketts founded the literary journal The Dial in 1889 with his partner Charles Shannon. Shannon and Ricketts lived together at Ricketts’s Chelsea home, The Vale, after which Ricketts’s press took its name. Ricketts associated and worked with late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century queer luminaries of the Aesthetic movement such as Aubrey Beardsley and Oscar Wilde; Beardsley and Ricketts both designed and/or illustrated editions of Wilde works. Check out the photos below of three Ricketts-designed works: Wilde’s A House of Pomegranates, Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the D’Urbervilles, and Wild Honey from Various Thyme, by Michael Field (a pseudonym of Katharine Harris Bradley and Edith Emma Cooper).
Oscar Wilde. A House of Pomegranates. London: James R. Osgood, McIlvaine & Co., 1891.
Thomas Hardy. Tess of the d’Urbervilles. London: James R. Osgood, McIlvaine & Co., 1891.
Michael Field. Wild Honey from Various Thyme. London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1908.
These three works are available for access at the Fales Library reading room; appointments are not required for print materials. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.