# 21791

ROYE, Horace (Horace Roye-Narbeth) (1906-2002)

[EROTICA] Rhapsody in colour

London : The Camera Studies Club, [1943]. First edition. Folio (348 x 280 mm), publisher’s cloth over boards with copper-coloured stamped lettering to upper board, spiral bound; title leaf, followed by [12] leaves of colour plates of erotic female nude studies taken from Roye’s studio photographs, each with an alluring title printed beneath the image and with tissue interleaving printed with an apt poetical quote from a famous English poet such as Campion, Shakespeare, Swinburne, Browning, or Wilde; a fine example, with just the barest amount of foxing to the first and last text leaves, all tissue interleaving intact, and the plates vibrant.

Artistic yet extremely risque and provocative for its time, Rhapsody in Colour is typical of the published work of British photographer Horace Roye, who spent much of his career successfully contesting obscenity laws. His now infamous photograph Tomorrow’s Crucifixion, depicting a nude model wearing a gas mask while pinned to a crucifix, caused a scandal when published in the North London Recorder in August 1938.