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Max Beerbohn Seven Men

Seven Men Max Beerbohn 1st Edition

Seven Men by Max Beerbohm

A parody of six men; Beerbohm being the seventh.


The Book

The stories of six men encountered in various settings. Written as a series of essays it is a work in typical Beerbohm style, tongue-in-cheek parody, brimming with humour where fiction masquerades as fact. A masterpiece, really clever work which could be used to inspire a modern day take on this book.


In Seven Men the brilliant English caricaturist and critic Max Beerbohm turns his comic searchlight upon the fantastic fin-de-siècle world of the 1890s—the age of Oscar Wilde, Aubrey Beardsley, and the young Yeats, as well of Beerbohm's own first success. In a series of luminous sketches, Beerbohm captures the likes of Enoch Soames, only begetter of the neglected poetic masterwork Fungoids; Maltby and Braxton, two fashionable novelists caught in a bitter rivalry; and "Savonarola" Brown, author of a truly incredible tragedy encompassing the entire Italian Renaissance. One of the masterpieces of modern humorous writing, Seven Men is also a shrewdly perceptive, heartfelt homage to the wonderfully eccentric character of a bygone age  Courtesy of


Genre: Humorous Fiction

A Hardback book with Book Sellers Ticket front inside cover ‘B. H. Blackwell, Bookseller 50 & 51 Broad street, Oxford.’

Embossed logo of William Heinemann on the rear bottom right cover.

First Edition 1919

Published by William Heinemann Ltd, London.

Size: 19.5cm x 14 cm

Uncut Pages - Number of pages:  219 Pages + 4 pages of advertisements



Enoch Soames

Hilary Maltby and Stephen Braxton

James Pethel

A.V. Laider

‘Savonarola’ Brown


Biography of Author:

A blue plaque in Greater London marks the house where Max Beerbohm was born at 57 Palace Gardens Terrace, Kensington, London, W8 4RU, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.


Penguin/Random House writes of him:

 “Henry Maximilian Beerbohm, the essayist, caricaturist, critic, and short story writer who endures as one of Edwardian England’s leading satirists, was born in London on August 24, 1872, into a large and prosperous family of Baltic German descent. Among his many diversely talented siblings were the author and explorer Julius Beerbohm, and his half brother the flamboyant actor and theatrical manager Herbert Beerbohm Tree. A sophisticated child who read Punch magazine and celebrated his tenth birthday with a glass of champagne, Max Beerbohm exhibited an adroit wit from an early age. While a student at Charterhouse school in Surrey, he amused masters and classmates with irreverent caricatures and prose parodies. Beerbohm entered Merton College, Oxford, at the age of eighteen and quickly gained a reputation as an aesthete and dandy. ‘I was a modest, good-humored boy,’ he recalled. ‘It was Oxford that has made me insufferable.’ Beerbohm’s renown soon extended to London, where he was swept into Oscar Wilde’s literary circle.”


My gifts are small,’ Beerbohm once reflected. ‘I’ve used them very well and discreetly, never straining them; and the result is that I’ve made a charming little reputation.’ In 1910 he married American actress Florence Kahn and settled in Rapallo, Italy. Knighted in 1939, Sir Max Beerbohm died in Rapallo on May 20, 1956.” 

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Navy board covers: Age-related wear and age-toned around the cover edges as image. Embossed logo of William Heinemann on the rear bottom right cover.

Binding: Sloping

Spine: Scuffed with title fading. Bottom missing and has tear. The top is scuffed with wear on edges.

Pages.  Uncut pages. All pages complete. Age-toned yellowing at the edges with foxing to outer page edges.

A good book of more than 100 years old.

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