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WILDE, Oscar; CRANE, Walter

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Item Description: 1888. First Edition. Signed. WILDE, Oscar.The Happy Prince and Other Tales. Illustrated by Walter Crane and Jacomb Hood.London: David Nutt, 1888.Rare first trade edition, one of 1000 copies printed, in original Japanese vellum pictorial boards, with three plates by illustrator Walter Crane, inscribed in the year of publication, "Edith Cones from her sincere friend the author. Oscar Wilde, June, 88." A fine, exceptional copy.Wilde wrote these tales for his own children. He told Richard La Gallienne that "It is the duty of every father to write fairy tales for his children." His children later wrote of their father’s "never-ending supply" of fairy tales and tales of adventure, which he often told them to calm them down. Many of his stories were never put to paper, unfortunately, but the ones that do survive are considered to be examples of his most creative writing. In addition to the title story, this collection includes "The Nightingale and the Rose," "The Selfish Giant," "The Devoted Friend," and "The Remarkable Rocket." Wilde commented that he intended these stories "partly for children, and partly for those who have kept the child-like faculties of wonder and joy, and who find in simplicity a subtle strangeness" (Hart-Davis, Letters of Oscar Wilde, 219). Wilde’s "reputation as an author dated from the publication of The Happy Prince and Other Tales Wilde presents the stories like sacraments of a lost faith Their occasional social satire is subordinated to a sadness unusual in fairy tales" (Ellmann, 299). With illustrated head and tail pieces by Jacomb Hood, and three plates by Walter Crane.Mason 313.Occasional scattered light foxing to interior; original binding fresh and lovely. A fine, unrestored copy, scarce inscribed and in such exceptional condition. Bookseller Inventory # 85909

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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. 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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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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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 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 Metheun, London (1908)

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Item Description: Metheun, London, 1908. leather_bound. 20.3 x 14.6 cm. FIRST COLLECTED EDITION, limited to 1080 copies, this ONE OF 80 COPIES ON JAPANESE VELLUM. This fine edition was printed by T. and A. Constable at the Edinburgh University Press. Mason pp. 459-490. (14). Unsigned, exquisite binding in full green morocco, raised bands, spine panels richly gilt in floral motifs, cover in elaborate gilt border designs and four corner leaf and rosette designs, inner dentelles, red morocco doublures with tulip onlays in yellow, blue and green, silk moire endpapers. Offsetting to free endpapers from doublures in two volumes. Full green morocco, backstrips evenly toned to brown. Teg. Fine. 14 vols. Bookseller Inventory # 20625

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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. 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 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. 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 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. 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.

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. 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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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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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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From: Quintessential Rare Books, LLC (Laguna Hills, CA, U.S.A.)

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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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WILDE, Oscar.

Published by Philadelphia, J.B. Lippincott Company 1890 (1890)

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From: Adrian Harrington Ltd, ABA, ILAB (Royal Tunbridge Wells, KENT, United Kingdom)

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Item Description: Philadelphia, J.B. Lippincott Company 1890, 1890. FIRST EDITION. The first printing of the complete novel. The sheets of the magazine were printed in America and issued simultaneously in America by Lippincott and in London by Ward, Lock. The first edition in book form was published in April 1891, which featured a substantially altered text, including the addition of six new chapters. This original magazine is slightly worn to the spine with some small patches of loss, wrappers slightly worn with a corners of loss to the rear panel, a very good copy indeed in a tailor made blue cloth slipcase and chemise. Fragile paper a little tired at corners otherwise a fine survival of a scarce and fragile item. The unforgettable dark and brooding chiller set in high-society late-Victorian London; a coded and epigrammatic melodrama inspired by Wilde's own tortured homosexuality. Mason [81-82, 332]. Listed in The Observer's All-Time 100 Best Novels [2003]. Bookseller Inventory # 38617

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WILDE, Oscar.

Published by Elkin Mathews, London (1893)

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From: Argosy Book Store, ABAA, ILAB (New York, NY, U.S.A.)

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Item Description: Elkin Mathews, London, 1893. hardcover. Book Condition: fine. Limited. Large paper copy, one of only 50 copies printed. 132pp., 14pp. ads. Slim square 8vo, rebound in full purple morocco, elegant gilt-stamped spines with raised bands, uncut edges, t.e.g. London: Elkin Mathews and John Lane, 1893. Limited First Edition. Fine. Bookseller Inventory # 145964

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CAMUS, Albert). WILDE, Oscar

Published by Falaize, (Paris) (1952)

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Item Description: Falaize, (Paris), 1952. Softcover. First Edition. An out-of-series copy of this bilingual edition of 3000 numbered copies of Wilde's poem, printed here with Camus' "L'Artiste en Prison," which delineates Wilde's journey from themes of ideal beauty to existential suffering. Inscribed by Camus (in French): "to Sylvestre,/ a remembrance of Iguape/ and with the friendly thoughts/ of Albert Camus." While context does not give explanation to the reference to Iguape, one of Camus' last stories, "The Growing Stone" -- the final story in Camus' last collection, Exile and the Kingdom -- is set in Iguape, Brazil. It has been said that this story is the clearest manifestation of Camus' ideals: in it, the protagonist sacrifices himself to help a friend, and behaves morally despite his own understanding of the absurdity of the world. Camus won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1957, the year Exile and the Kingdom was published, and the Prize committee cited his "clear-sighted earnestness [which] illuminates the problems of the human conscience in our times." As best we can tell, this is the first appearance in print of "L'Artiste en Prison," which was translated into English and published in Encounter magazine two years later. A very near fine copy in French wraps. Books inscribed by Camus are uncommon; the author died in 1960 in a car accident, at the age of 46. Bookseller Inventory # 030104

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Wilde, Oscar

Published by David Bogue, London (1881)

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From: Nudelman Rare Books (Seattle, WA, U.S.A.)

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Item Description: David Bogue, London, 1881. First edition. Original Japan Vellum covers with ornate gilt square panels on both covers and spine consisting of intricate blossom motif (designed by Matthew Bell). Top edges gilt, others uncut. First issue with small blossom pattern and uncorrected error on page 136 ('may' instead of 'maid'). Vellum covers are rubbed, especially to spine. Book is inscribed and dated Sept. 1881 to a "Bercha H Davey" by and unknown person whose initials appear to be GBU or GBD. We have not been able to determine if this is someone noteworthy or not. Internally, the book is clean and title and annotated with various pencil comments and notations, as well as the insertion of various poems (printed) by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Charles Strachey and others. As well, a vellum printed (color) square panel has been attached to front free endpaper. Overall an interesting and well-annotated copy in overall very good condition. Bookseller Inventory # 1324

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