Limited edition of Pater's short work, diabolically illustrated and signed by Alastair.
"He seemed, if one may say so, in love with death [...]"
Originally published as one of Pater's IMAGINARY PORTRAITS, the fictional Sebastian draws his philosophy from Spinoza and his aesthetic judgments from Pater's own. Konody's introduction offers brief recognition of the text's importance before rushing on to an ecstasy of frenzied adoration for the illustrator, to whom no superlative is equal: "Like Lindbergh upon his monoplane venturing alone across the Atlantic, Alastair has flown upon his pen the whole breadth of human emotions, and in so doing he has led the way that others may follow."
Read more: Billie Andrew Inman, "Sebastian Van Storck: Pater's Exploration Into Nihilism."
First printing. London: John Lane The Bodley Head Ltd, 1927. Original beige cloth, stamped in brown and gilt. Number 632 of an edition of 1050 copies. 67,  pages. Eight illustrations in color. Signed by Alastair to plate facing page 42. Moderate soil and minor staining to cloth. Mild to moderate foxing throughout.
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