On October 25th, 2013, in Venice, Italy, Boo-Hooray staged a one day exhibition on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the death of Baron Corvo. 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.
The events began on the morning of October 25th, when flowers were placed at the grave of Baron Corvo on the cemetery island of San Michele. Then, in the afternoon, attendees of the exhibition gathered at the top of the Rialto Bridge. They were then escorted to La Casa di Parfait d’Amour, a nearby gallery, where first editions, rarities, and Michael P. Daley’s illustrations of The Venice Letters were exhibited. Corvo brand wine was also served. Afterwards, a celebratory dinner took place at Osteria do Farai.
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.