On All Saints’ Day, November 1st, 2013, Boo-Hooray staged an exhibition on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the death of Baron Corvo. This exhibit was the stateside version of the exhibit we staged in Venice, Italy on October 25th.
Frederick William Serafino Austin Lewis Mary Rolfe, aka Baron Corvo, is in our mind the greatest eccentric and writer of the turn of the last century and one of the true societal terrors of decadent Europe. At Boo-Hooray, New York City, first editions and rarities were on view for one day only.
In honor of Corvo’s life, Boo-Hooray published Alpha & Omega, a reprinting of Corvo’s first and last published work: “Tarcissus, The Boy Martyr of Rome,” and “Venetian Courtesy.” Alpha & Omega was printed with letterpress boards in an edition of 100 copies and enclosed in a stamped envelope with two pamphlets: Johan Kugelberg’s 2003 essay on Rolfe, and Michael P. Daley’s “Reflections On The Venice Letters.” To celebrate the work of Cecil Woolf and Timothy d’Arch Smith, we also reprinted the exhibit catalog for the landmark 1960 exhibition at the Marylebone Library in London. This reprint was available gratis at the exhibition, together with the exhibition inventory list, or for those who pre-ordered Alpha & Omega.