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WILDE, OSCAR.

Published by London: Ward, Lock, 1891 (1891)

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Item Description: London: Ward, Lock, 1891, 1891. First English Edition; trade issue. Publisher's vellum-backed boards; an exceptional copy; fine in the rare dust jacket. There are some small chips and tears. Six old tape mends have been removed from inside the corners and edges of the dust jacket, leaving stains that have bled through to the surface. We have previously either had two copies in dust jacket, or a single example twice. Whichever is the case, it certainly is a rarity in dust jacket. In a custom quarter-morocco slipcase. Bookseller Inventory # 26950

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WILDE, Oscar]

Published by London: Leonard Smithers, 1898 (1898)

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Item Description: London: Leonard Smithers, 1898, 1898. Octavo. Original vellum-backed mustard cloth, titles to spine gilt, top edge gilt others untrimmed. Housed in a red quarter morocco solander box by the Chelsea Bindery. Vellum spine a little dusty, cloth a touch thumbed but an excellent copy. First edition, first impression, limited issue, one of 30 numbered copies printed on japon. On the verso of the title page is a hand written, 16-line poem titled "In Memoriam Oscar Wilde" and signed George Ives. The verses allude to those who had betrayed Wilde and ends "Some day on history's page / Shall his mournful fate be told / Young eyes in a better age / Shall weep at this tale of old". Ives was a minor poet and founder of the Order of Chaeronea, a secret society for homosexuals. He was to be one of the very few of Wilde's friends who visited him during his imprisonment. Bookseller Inventory # 35071

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Wilde, Oscar

Published by Leonard Smithers (1898)

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Item Description: Leonard Smithers, 1898. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. SIGNED/LIMITED EDITION. This edition is limited to 99 numbered copies SIGNED by Oscar Wilde. The book is in nice condition. The binding is tight, and the boards are crisp with some wear to the panels. The pages are clean with no writing marks of bookplates in the book. Overall, an attractive copy SIGNED by the author. We buy Oscar Wilde First Editions. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # ABE-7218978449

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BEARDSLEY, AUBREY]. Wilde, Oscar.

Published by London / Boston Elkins Mathews & John Lane / Copeland & Day 1894 (1894)

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Item Description: London / Boston Elkins Mathews & John Lane / Copeland & Day 1894, 1894. Small quarto. (x), 66, (2)pp., + 13ff. plates. First English and first illustrated edition. One of 125 copies on Japan vellum. In addition to the ten black & white plates listed at the front of the book, this copy contains all three of the suppressed plates. The first, "John and Salome," was replaced in the final book with "The Black Cape." The other two plates are earlier versions of "Enter Herodias" and "Toilette of Salome," which were deemed too risqué for publication and were altered. Although Wilde commissioned Beardsley to illustrate his translation of Salome, he was shocked by the end result and felt that the images overpowered his text. Beardsley mocked Wilde in several of the illustrations, depicting him as the "Woman in the Moon" and as a jester in "Enter Herodias." This copy was specially bound for Dr. Charles Carpenter, with his engraved bookplate, in gilt-decorated vellum, with brown leather onlays to the spine, gilt-stamped turn-ins, and blue marbled paper endpapers. An extremely fine copy of a book rarely encountered with all suppressed plates. (Gallatin, pp. 46-49; Lasner 59). Bookseller Inventory # 25696

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Wilde, Oscar

Published by Ward, Lock & Company (1891)

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Item Description: Ward, Lock & Company, 1891. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. SIGNED/LIMITED EDITION. This edition is limited to 250 numbered copies SIGNED by Oscar Wilde. The book is in excellent shape for being over 100 years old. The binding is tight, and the boards are crisp with minor wear to the edges. The pages are exceptionally clean with no writing marks of bookplates in the book. Overall, a lovely copy SIGNED by the author. We buy Oscar Wilde First Editions. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # ABE-7218978257

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Wilde, Oscar

Published by Ward Lock (1891)

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Item Description: Ward Lock, 1891. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. handsomely bound in full green morocco gilt by bayntum-riviere, with morocco edged cloth slip-case. raised bands on the spine. marbled end papers. the original front and rear wrappers have been bound in at the back. signed by Oscar wilde on the limitation page. this is number 207 of 250 signed copies. no other inscriptions. internally fine. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # zh95

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Wilde, Oscar]

Published by London (1898)

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Item Description: London, 1898. 1 vols. 8vo. First edition, ONE OF 30 COPIES on Japanese vellum. 1 vols. 8vo. One of 30 Copies of the Rare First. First edition of Wilde's legendary poem, written while he was in jail, in its rarest state - being one of only 30 copies printed on Japanese vellum.This copy comes from the distinguished library of the actress LENA ASHWELL (1872-1957), who as a young actress toured in Wilde's Lady Windermere's Fan in 1891, later becoming actor-manager of the Savoy Theatre. According to her biographer, Margaret Leask (Lena Ashwell: Actress, Patriot, Pioneer. Univ. of Hertfordshire Press, 2012), Ashwell was particularly troubled by the news of Wilde's arrest, and wrote later: "? the atmosphere of London was horrible and cruel. His plays were so very brilliant, and I had seen this when I was in Ladt Windermere's, so I felt that he was a friend and in desperate trouble." Later, during WWI, she is known to have pioneered the organization of entertainments on a large scale for the British troops in France.An excellent association copy of an essential Wilde rarity. Mason 372 Cinnamon-colored cloth, vellum spine. Covers show slight insect damage and minor soiling, spine a bit soiled, otherwise a very good copy in a quarter blue morocco slipcase with chemise and with the bookplate and signature of actress LENA ASHWELL on the front pastedown First edition, ONE OF 30 COPIES on Japanese vellum. Bookseller Inventory # 259158

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Oscar Wilde.

Published by London, David Nutt. Number 60 of only 75 numbered copies signed by the publisher and Oscar Wilde. (1888)

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Item Description: London, David Nutt. Number 60 of only 75 numbered copies signed by the publisher and Oscar Wilde., 1888. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. No Jacket. 1st Edition. Number 60 of only 75 numbered copies signed by the publisher and Oscar Wilde. First edition. Size of the binding: 7 3/4 in. x 11 1/4 in. Signed limitation page; half-title; title-page in red and black; 116 pp. + printer's page. The illustrations include three by Walter Crane (each of which is in two states) and a smaller illustration at the beginning of each story; each illustration is mounted. Bound in full, brown, crushed morocco by Stikeman with its stamp, featuring five raised bands on the spine, gilt titling, and a richly gilt design on the covers; inner green morocco doublures, dentelles, and gray silk endpapers; top-edge gilt. An extremely fine copy in a brown cloth-covered slipcase. The slipcase edges show light wear. [Limitation Statement]: "Seventy-five copies of this Edition have been printed, sixty-five of which are for sale. All are numbered and signed by the Publisher." [signed]: Oscar Wilde. This Copy is No. 60 [signed]: D Nutt. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # L-39

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WILDE, Oscar

Published by Leonard Smithers and Co., London (1899)

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Item Description: Leonard Smithers and Co., London, 1899. Hardcover. First Edition. Small quarto (7-1/4" x 8-7/8") in original gilt-stamped and decorated lavender cloth with gilt designs by Charles Shannon. Copy #21 of only 100 SIGNED by the author. Wilde's third comedy, very scarce in the limited signed edition. Slight browning to the endpapers, as customary, otherwise a clean copy with mild bumping to the corners and spine tips, some fading to the spine with a rather faint stain, and mild soiling to the covers. Near Fine. Bookseller Inventory # 017822

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Wilde, Oscar

Published by Elkin Mathews and John Lane (1892)

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Item Description: Elkin Mathews and John Lane, 1892. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. SIGNED/LIMITED EDITION. This edition is limited to 220 numbered copies SIGNED by Oscar Wilde. The book is in excellent shape for being over 100 years old. The binding is tight, and the boards are crisp with minor wear to the edges. The pages are exceptionally clean with no writing marks of bookplates in the book. Overall, a lovely copy SIGNED by the author. We buy Oscar Wilde First Editions. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # ABE-7218977377

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WILDE, OSCAR.

Published by London: James R. Osgood, McIlvaine, 1891 (1891)

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Item Description: London: James R. Osgood, McIlvaine, 1891, 1891. First Edition. Publisher's cloth; cloth soiled and with some wear; only a good copy. Signed by the author in the month of publication on the leaf opposite the title, "Oscar Wilde/ May Ô91." The inscription is faintly blotted onto the title page. The book was published on May 2, 1891 in an edition of 1500 copies, 600 of which were issued with the American Dodd, Mead imprint. Bookseller Inventory # 26199

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WILDE, OSCAR

Published by Methuen & Co & Charles Carrington, London (1908)

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Item Description: Methuen & Co & Charles Carrington, London, 1908. Vellum. Book Condition: About Fine. 1st. Limited to 80 copies only. Fourteen (14) volumes in original limp vellum with yapp edges. Gilt lettering to spine and front panel. Top edge gilt. Designs by Charles Ricketts. Based on last issues of each book approved by the author and some material printed here for the first time. A beautiful and exquisite set. Size: Octavo. Bookseller Inventory # 17682

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WILDE, Oscar

Published by Ward Lock, London (1891)

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Item Description: Ward Lock, London, 1891. hardcover. Book Condition: fine. First. Portion of the original gray boards with 10 gilt butterfly designs by Charles Ricketts is bound in. Ricketts also designed the title page. First published in Lippincott's Monthly Magazine in July 1890, this first edition in book form contains six new chapters, many alterations and much additional material. It is inscribed by Wilde on the verso of the title page to Malcolm Brown. Mason, 328. 8vo, re-bound in full purple morocco with gilt decorated spine, g.t., uncut. London: Ward Lock, (1891). First Edition. Fine. Bookseller Inventory # 202734

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WILDE, Oscar

Published by Thomas Shrimpton, Oxford (1878)

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Item Description: Thomas Shrimpton, Oxford, 1878. paperback. Book Condition: very good(+). First. The Newdigate Prize Poem. First issue of Wilde's first book, with the crest on the front wrapper & title page, and autographed- "with the author's compliments". As with the other very small number of inscribed copies, this one has a vertical crease down the middle as if once folded to fit in the pocket of someone who attended the reading. Now housed in a half morocco slipcase. Recited in The Theatre, Oxford, June 26, 1878. 16p., grey-green wrappers, faded at the edges, with one short closed tear, and a tiny chip at the lower corner. Oxford: Thomas Shrimpton, 1878. Bookseller Inventory # 208364

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Wilde, Oscar

Published by John Lane at the Sign of the Bodley Head in Vigo Street, London (1894)

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Item Description: John Lane at the Sign of the Bodley Head in Vigo Street, London, 1894. First edition, one of 50 Large Paper copies. 154, [1] pp. Printed by T. and A. Constable, Edinburgh. 1 vols. 4to. Large Paper Copy, One of 50. An attractive copy of this witty and urbane play by Wilde. Mason 365. Provenance: Arthur Chester Rhodes Original buckram gilt. Spine and extremities darkened, endleaves with some paste darkening, else fine, in a custom purple half-morocco slipcase and chemise 154, [1] pp. Printed by T. and A. Constable, Edinburgh. 1 vols. 4to First edition, one of 50 Large Paper copies. Bookseller Inventory # 256986

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WILDE, OSCAR

Published by Roberts Brothers, Boston (1882)

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Item Description: Roberts Brothers, Boston, 1882. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. Second Authorized American Edition. SIGNED BY WILDE on the title-page: "For Carl from his friend / Oscar Wilde '83". 17.5 cm x 11.5 cm, pp. vii, 230, brown satin cloth, stamped with floral design in squares, gilt title to spine, top edge gilt, floral endpapers. Invisible repair to head & tail of spine, repair to paper over hinge. A very nice, collectible copy of Wilde's first book, originally published in London 1881. Size: 12 Mo. Signed By the Author. Bookseller Inventory # 22474

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Wilde, Oscar

Published by London: David Nutt (1888)

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Item Description: London: David Nutt, 1888. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Crane, Walter; Hood, Jacomb (illustrator). 1st Edition. Illustrated by Walter Crane and Jacomb Hood. First edition. One of 1,000 copies. Paper covered boards, with an illustration by Hood to the front board in black, decoratively lettered in red. An excellent copy, with some light rubbing to the extremities, minor toning to the spine, a few tiny chips to the spine head, a few spots of light soiling to the otherwise bright boards, minor crease to the rear board, tiny split to the paper hinge inside the front cover, otherwise tight and sturdy binding with bright and clean pages. Overall, a lovely and unsophisticated copy of an extremely fragile book. Housed in a custom folding box. Mason 313. The Happy Prince and Other Tales is a collection of fairy tales and fables, including "The Happy Prince," "The Nightingale and the Rose," "The Selfish Giant," "The Devoted Friend," and "The Remarkable Rocket." Although they are primarily geared toward children, the stories in this volume are laden with Wilde's signature wit and have a melancholy and sometimes sarcastic undertone. This volume is beautifully illustrated in black and white by Walter Crane and Jacomb Hood. Specifically, Crane illustrated the full-page plates (including the frontispiece), and Hood created the in-text illustrations for the chapter headings and the front cover. Bookseller Inventory # OW032

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Wilde Oscar.

Published by Nutt., London. (1889)

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Item Description: Nutt., London., 1889. Book Condition: Good. Illustrated by Walter Crane & Jacob Hood (illustrator). Second edition. Wilde, Oscar. The Happy Prince and Other Tales. Small 4to. p.p. 116. Illustrated by Walter Crane & Jacob Hood. Org. cream pictorial cloth with attractive red print. Loosely inserted is a three page letter written and signed by Wilde from his London home, 16 Tite Street and on embossed lyric club paper. Signed hand written Wilde letters are rare. Wilde Holograph Letter. Bookseller Inventory # 696_11

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Wilde, Oscar

Published by London: John Lane at the Sign of The Bodley Head (1894)

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Item Description: London: John Lane at the Sign of The Bodley Head, 1894. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Shannon, Charles (illustrator). First Edition. First edition, one of 50 large-paper copies printed on handmade paper. Original publisher's yellow buckram boards with gilt decorations by Charles Shannon to covers and spine, spine lettered in gilt. Covers toned along outer margin, spine toned, only the slightest trace of rubbing to the extremities, former owner bookplate to front pastedown, and light offsetting to endpapers. A very good, tight and clean copy. An extremely scarce book in the large-paper format. Mason 365. A Woman of No Importance was published simultaneously in two formats: small octavo (the standard edition of 500 copies) and quarto (the "Large Paper" issue of 50 copies). While both constitute the first edition of A Woman of No Importance, the large paper copies are decidedly rarer than the octavos; intended to be more exclusive and deluxe publications, large paper formats were typically produced using higher quality materials, lacked the publisher's advertisements, and were printed in small print runs. Because they were intended as collectibles from publication, large paper copies of Wilde's plays are exceedingly scarce. A Woman of No Importance is a four-act play that was first produced in London at the Haymarket Theatre on April 19, 1893. Like many of Wilde's plays, it satirizes the English upper-class and criticizes Victorian society. The title "a woman of no importance" refers to the character Mrs. Arbuthnot who bears the illegitimate son of Lord Illingworth. Although societal conventions deem her a sinful woman, Wilde proves Arbuthnot a respectable widow who is rewarded with a son who treats women respectfully. In contrast, Illingworth, one of Wilde's archetypal dandy figures, is rejected by his son and may of the women in the play, making him a "man of no importance.". Bookseller Inventory # OW018

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Item Description: 13 volumes by Methuen and Co., London; "The Picture of Dorian Gray" at Charles Carrington, Paris, 1908., 1908. FIRST COLLECTED EDITION, LIMITED to 1000 sets on handmade paper. 14 volumes. 8vo. Finely bound in recent hall dark green oasis morocco with gilt titles and extra gilt to spines, cloth boards, top edge gilt. Fine. A handsome set that includes several first editions. Mason [420-448a]. Bookseller Inventory # 39461

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WILDE, Oscar.

Published by London: David Bogue, 1881 (1881)

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Item Description: London: David Bogue, 1881, 1881. Octavo. Original white japon, titles to spine gilt, foliate design gilt-blocked to spine and sides, titles to spine gilt, top edge gilt, others untrimmed. Contemporary bookplates and ownership inscription. Spine a little rolled, mild soiling to covers and tanning to endpapers, but an exceptional copy in very good condition. First edition, first impression. One of only 250 copies used for the first issue. Bookseller Inventory # 77503

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Wilde, Oscar

Published by James R. Osgood, McIlvaine and Co, London (1881)

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Item Description: James R. Osgood, McIlvaine and Co, London, 1881. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. First Edition, First Printing A stunning copy. The book is in excellent condition. The binding is tight with NO cocking or leaning the boards are crisp with minor wear to the edges. The pages are exceptionally clean with NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. Overall, a beautiful copy bound in the original publisher's green cloth. Includes a custom clamshell slipcase for preservation. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-13195342910

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Wilde, Oscar

Published by London (1894)

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Item Description: London, 1894. One page (5 lines) on "Solora" stationery. A note to John Ehret Dickinson (1860-1896), the grandson of the founder of the famous paper-making firm, and a friend of Wilde. Dickinson "had aesthetic tastes and deplored his family's connection with trade" (v. Holland/Hart-Davis, The Letters, p. 295, footnote) and the family firm provided paper for the endsheets of some of Wilde's books, including those for the deluxe issue of The Sphinx. Wilde often stayed at Dickinson's Hertfordshire country home, Abbots Hil.Reading in full: "For John Ehret Dickirson [sic], in admiration of his incomparable art and his incomparable personality, from Oscar Wilde. London '94."Two of Wilde's books, inscribed to Dickinson in 1888, were sold at Sotheby's in 1910. The wording of the note nearly exactly matches Wilde's inscription to the actress Mrs. Patrick Campbell in a first edition of The Sphinx (1894), and it is conceivable that Wilde penned this note to include in a presentation copy of that work. The offset "shadow" of a key also suggests that Wilde was returning a key, perhaps to Abbots Hill.The note is written on "Solora" stationery - heretofore unknown to us - which includes an image of the Sphinx at top left, surrounded on three sides by phrases in an unknown code or language, with "Solora" printed beneath. Fine, with integral blank, on recto of which is the "shadow," or faint image, of a key One page (5 lines) on "Solora" stationery. Bookseller Inventory # 261286

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WILDE, Oscar. ORAZI, Manuel (illustrates).

Published by Société des Amis du Livre Moderne, Paris. (1930)

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Item Description: Société des Amis du Livre Moderne, Paris., 1930. First edition thus: illustrated by Manuel Orazi. Quarto. pp [viii], 96. Frontispiece and twenty-five other art deco illustrations by Orazi, the coloured wood engravings being by Pierre Bouchet.Out of a total edition of 149 copies this is one of the 125 reserved for members of the Société, this being number 101 printed with the name of Robert-J. Rolo on the limitation page. Fine binding of full dark green morocco with one of Orazi's designs (the one from page 60) reproduced in blind on the front. The binder might well be Charles Meunier who is known to have worked for Rolo.Spine very faintly faded, otherwise fine. Bookseller Inventory # WILDEOSC021922

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WILDE. OSCAR. ; BEARDSLEY. AUBREY. illustrates.

Published by Elkin Mathews & John Lane. London. 1894 (1894)

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Item Description: Elkin Mathews & John Lane. London. 1894, 1894. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. FIRST ENGLISH EDITION. 8vo. (8.5 x 6.2 inches). One of only 500 copies published, so stated on verso of half title page. Illustrated with 10 fine full page plates, decorative title page and tail piece illustration by Aubrey Beardsley. 16pp publishers advert pages (List of Books in Belles Lettres. 1894) at the end of the book is uncut. A bright, clean and tight copy in original publishers light blue cloth, lettering to spine and decoration on both boards in gilt. Spine cloth darkened but the gilt still bright and strong. Small amount of rubbing and fraying to the cloth at the very bottom corner edge of the rear board. Some light offsetting to the blank endpapers. Overall a very good copy of this scarce book. Bookseller Inventory # 9289

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BEARDSLEY, Aubrey; [WILDE, Oscar]

Published by Melmoth & Co (1904)

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Item Description: Melmoth & Co, 1904. First edition of the Salome portfolio. Publisher's green portfolio lettered in gilt to the upper cover. A fine copy. Sixteen loose plates printed on art paper, being the thirteen plates from the John Lane edition of 1894 plus the suppressed plates, "John and Salome" and the alternative "The Toilette of Salome", as well as a reproduction of the original cover design. Melmoth & Co, the publisher's of this portfolio, were in fact Leonard Smithers, Beardsley and Wilde's publisher from 1896 until going bankrupt in 1900. From 1900 Smithers used his stock of Beardsley plates and underground printers to produce unauthorised editions in small limitations. The most notable of these publications is his edition of Salome as is the first to include all sixteen of Beardsley's illustrations. It was produced as a standard edition (250 copies) and a deluxe edition (50 copies) and a small number of portfolios containing the plates (as here). This portfolio is also the first to be produced for the Salome illustrations, anticipating, perhaps inspiring, the authorised version of 1907. Lane, who held the copyright, claimed to have had a 'large proportion' of the edition seized and destroyed, which will account in part for the extreme scarcity of copies. cf. Lasner 59B (does not list the portfolio). Bookseller Inventory # 33316

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Wilde, Oscar

Published by London: Leonard Smithers and Co. (1899)

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Item Description: London: Leonard Smithers and Co., 1899. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Shannon, Charles (illustrator). First Edition. First edition. One of 1000 copies, this copy being No. 340. Publisher's original lavender linen boards with gilt designs by Charles Shannon, lettered in gilt. Near fine or better, with just a touch of toning to the spine, corners lightly bumped, fresh boards with bright gilt, former owner's bookplate to the front pastedown, faint offsetting to the endpapers, otherwise bright and fresh interior. Overall, a beautiful and unsophisticated copy. Mason 381. Widely considered Wilde's masterpiece, The Importance of Being Earnest is a three act play that was first performed in London at the St. James Theatre on February 14, 1895, under the direction of Mr. George Alexander. A satire on Victorian social obligations, the play features two protagonists, John Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff, both of whom use alternate identities to lead separate lives in the country and the city. Although the first performance was decidedly successful, The Importance of Being Earnest was closed after only 86 shows due to the negative publicity surrounding Wilde's controversial lawsuit with The Marquess of Queensberry. Wilde moved to Paris after his reputation was tarnished and ceased writing dramas, making The Importance of Being Earnest his final play. Bookseller Inventory # OW030

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Wilde, Oscar

Published by David Bogue, London (1881)

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Item Description: David Bogue, London, 1881. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. First Edition, First Printing. The book is in nice condition. The binding is tight with a few stains to the original publisher's vellum. The pages are clean with NO marks or bookplates in the book. A lovely copy in collector's condition. We buy Wilde First editions. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-13195325117

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Oscar Wilde

Published by Ward Lock and Co (1891)

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Item Description: Ward Lock and Co, 1891. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. No Jacket. 1st Edition. Very clean copy of the first edition of Oscar Wilde's only full length novel. The main issue with this copy is cracking and loss to the cover of the spine. Most copies have some loss to the top and/or bottom of the spine as the paper used to cover it is very thin; the boards tend to be better, and are in good condition on this copy (rear cover in similar condition to the front shown in photograph). Binding also very good. Internally very clean. Small plain book plate to inside of front cover; otherwise free of ownership marks of other inscriptions. Supplied in a protective acetate cover. Additional scans available on request. This item will be despatched on a 'signed for' basis at no additional cost. Overseas purchasers are asked to contact us as to preferred shipping arrangements. Bookseller Inventory # 15028

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Wilde, Oscar.

Published by Leonard Smithers (1899)

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Item Description: Leonard Smithers, 1899. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. First Edition. First Printing. This is the first impression, which was limited to 1,000 copies. This original binding is bound in pale salmon cloth with gilt leaf stamping to panels. The cloth has wear at the extremities, rubbing and minor fraying. The corners are bumped and the spine ends are softened. There is what seems to be a stain from a glass on the bottom of the front board, and there is a very small burn mark to the back board near the spine. The pages are crisp and flat, having browned just slightly with age. The front inside cover is inscribed, "To La Belle Francaise 'Baby'" from "T--L--Y." (After extensive research, I think T-L-Y might be someone who was involved with the English or American theater scene in the 1940's or '50's.) There is a small contemporary note right above it, marked "Feb. 1901." Other than those two markings, the interior of the book is untouched and in wonderful condition. Overall, a lovely copy of this rare book in collector's condition. Trades and offers considered. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-5144204774

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