London: The Idler, 158, Strand, 1900. First Edition (& 1st printing). Octavo, original pictorial wrappers. Single issue of this magazine, Edited and with numerous contributions by Sime. pp i-iv, [i] - iv [Index February -July 1900, with separate title page for binding]; [97-98], 99-184, v-vi, 185-186, vii-viii, 187-188, ix-xii; complete with all advertisements and illustrations (although the front cover offers "A Coloured Plate is Given to idlers With This Number, and there is no colour plate present. Sime contributes twelve black & white illustrations: "Enter the Demon King (p.100, ¾ page); "Enter Fairy Queen" (p. 101, ½ page); "Several Beauteous Females are Discovered" (p. 102, ½ page) (these first three illustrating Conrad Weguelen's 'The Demon Laundry'); "Chateaurien" (p 104, full-page); "Sea Song" (p. 117, full-page); "The Centaur" (p. 152, full-page); "Mr. Julian Cross as 'Mr. Cattermole'" (p. 155, ½ page); "Miss Elizabeth Kirby as 'Edith Marshland'" (p. 156, ½ page); "Mr. Whitworth Jones as 'Douglas Catermole'" (p. 157, ½ page); "Mr. F. Tyrell as 'The Talor of Bond Street'" (p. 159, ½ page); "Miss Maud Frere as 'Eva Webster'" (p. 161, ½ page) (these five illustrating 'The Private Secretary' by Inglis Allen); "A Practised Hand" (p. 163, full-page, landlady lecturing a room full of demons); plus numerous other smaller illustrations and designs throughout the text. Sime was Editor of THE IDLER September 1900 - January 1901. Faint creases to covers, minor browning, lower corner of p. 175-176 torn with minor loss to margins; a very good to near fine copy, unrestored and in lovely condition with a complete, unchipped spine that has a tiny tear at the top edge. Rare in the original wrappers. Item #313169
¶ Sidney Sime is an almost legendary name in the world of illustration. He grew from poverty and obscurity to become ‘the Greatest Living Imaginative Artist’. Sime is mostly remembered for his fantastic artwork, especially his story illustrations for Irish fantasy author Lord Dunsany.