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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 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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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", 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 Paris & London: Librairie de l'Art Independant; Elkin Mathews & John Lane, 1893 (1893)

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Item Description: Paris & London: Librairie de l'Art Independant; Elkin Mathews & John Lane, 1893, 1893. Octavo (200 × 143 mm). Contemporary purple hard-grain half morocco, spine lettered in gilt, gilt rules, marbled paper sides and endpapers, top edge gilt, original purple wrappers lettered in silver bound in. A little rubbing to extremities, central vertical crease where originally folded by Archer, wrappers with inevitable marginal fading, an excellent copy. First edition, trade issue, one of 600 copies thus (there were 50 on handmade paper), presentation copy to the influential drama critic William Archer (1856–1924): inscribed by Wilde on the half-title "William Archer, with the author's compliments, Feby 93." A superb association. The play was published on 22 February 1893, to be blasted the next day by The Times as "morbid, bizarre, repulsive," though admittedly "vigorously written in some parts". Archer, who championed Ibsen and the New Drama, had been the only major critic, except for Shaw, to attack the prior decision of the Examiner of Plays not to license Salomé. Calling the Examiner "the Great Irresponsible", Archer defended the play as "a serious work of art" in a letter to the Pall Mall Gazette (1 July 1892, reprinted in Letters of Oscar Wilde, ed. Hart-Davis, p. 317; see Wilde's letter of appreciation to Archer in Letters, p. 319). Wilde wrote to Archer on publication date to "hope you have received Salome in her Tyrian purple and fading silver ", but had to write to his publishers the following month to give them a nudge that Archer, among other intended recipients, had not actually received his promised copy yet. When Archer finally received his copy and put his review of the play into print, in Black and White (11 May 1893), it was a rave: "I have read Salomé twice in two hours; in other words, I have added two hours to the tale of that life within our life, which alone, in the long run, is really worth living – the life of the imagination. Hypnotised by the poet – for what is the magic of poetry but a form of hypnotism? – I have lived through 'the loveliest thing in the world – a drama in the air.' There is at least as much musical as pictorial quality in Salomé. It is by methods borrowed from music that Mr. Wilde, without sacrificing its suppleness, imparts to his prose the firm texture, so to speak, of verse Salomé has all the qualities of a great historical picture – pedantry and conventionality excepted. Its suppression by the Censor was perfectly ridiculous, and absolutely inevitable The atmosphere of the play is certainly none of the healthiest; but if an artist sets forth to paint a fever jungle, we can scarcely complain if his picture be not altogether breezy and exhilarating. As well look for a bracing sirocco or a tonic miasma. Salomé is an oriental Hedda Gabler; and who could portray such a character in the hues of radiant health?". Bookseller Inventory # 74770

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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. Signed by Author(s)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. Bookseller Inventory # zh95

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The Ballad of Reading Gaol. By C.3.3: Wilde, Oscar]

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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The Writings of Oscar Wilde (Autograph Edition): Wilde, Oscar

Wilde, Oscar

Published by A. R. Keller & Co, London and New York (1907)

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Item Description: A. R. Keller & Co, London and New York, 1907. Book Condition: Very Good +. First edition. The first complete edition of Oscar Wilde's works. This set one of 26 lettered copies (letter "C"), with a three page autograph letter tipped into the first volume. Illustrated throughout with hand-drawn water-color illustrations. Printed illustrations in two states, generally signed by the artists. Introduction by Richard Le Galienne and signed by him. Bound in full dark blue morocco with red morocco inlays and intricate gilt floral patterns. Inner doublures full morocco with onlays to form a large white flower. Red silk moire end papers, top edge gilt, others untrimmed. Bound in 15 volumes. The only signed edition of Wilde's complete works. These 26 lettered sets sold for $1500 by subscription in 1907, a huge sum for the time. The only one of these sets ever auctioned brought 7,475 pounds at Sotheby's in 1994 (approximately $11,600). With no set auctioned in the last 20 years, it is safe to call this a very rare set. Books are generally in Very Good to Near Fine condition. Three volumes rebacked with the original spines retained. One volume with the silk end paper replaced. Most volumes with light to moderate wear along the outer hinges, generally with the color touched up. Internal contents are in excellent condition, with lovely water-color illustrations throughout. Despite the defects a lovely and important set of Wilde's complete works. Not found in Mason, where the 1908 Methuen collected works is described as the first collected edition. The famed Irish wit and novelist, one of the great comic playwrights of the 19th century. Wilde is known for his devotion to the philosophy of aestheticism, which he became involved in while studying classics at Trinity College, Dublin and then at Oxford, under the influence of Walter Pater and John Ruskin. Wilde would soon become a sort of spokesperson for the movement, and in fact went on an extremely popular American tour in the early 1880s. (Though as well received as he was by various intellectual sets and salons, he was often attacked by the American press for being superficial and vacuous.) Afterward, he pursued a career in journalism, becoming the editor of The Lady's World magazine before resigning and turning to prose. He would write numerous short stories and essays and published The Picture of Dorian Grey in 1890, to mixed reviews and a great deal of controversy. Indeed, Wilde would edit the book extensively in future editions as a sort of response to his critics. In the early 1890s, Wilde turned to the theater where he would, perhaps, make his greatest mark. He wrote Lady Windermere's Fan, A Woman of No Importance, and An Ideal Husband before completing his final, and greatest play, The Importance of Being Earnest, in 1894. Although some thought Earnest thin, more intelligent reviewers recognized its brilliance, with H.G. Wells writing "More humorous dealing with theatrical conventions it would be difficult to imagine."In 1895 Wilde became involved in his tragic libel suit against the Marquess of Queensbury, whose son Wilde was having an affair with. Wilde would be convicted of gross indecency and imprisoned for two years. His health never recovered, and he spent the remainder of his life in exile in France, before dying in 1900. Very Good +. Bookseller Inventory # 1772

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The Happy Prince and Other Tales. Illustrated: Oscar Wilde.

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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Salome. A Tragedy in One Act: Wilde, Oscar

Wilde, Oscar

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

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Item Description: Elkins Mathews & John Lane / Copeland & Day, London / Boston, 1894. Beardsley, Aubrey (illustrator). 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 after drawings by Aubrey Beardsley 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 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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An Ideal Husband.: Wilde, Oscar

Wilde, Oscar

Published by Leonard Smithers and Co, London (1899)

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Item Description: Leonard Smithers and Co, London, 1899. First edition, signed limited edition. Octavo, original lavender publisher's cloth. One of 100 large paper copies signed by Oscar Wilde. In very good condition with some light rubbing and darkening to the extremities. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Wilde's play premiered in January 1895 to an audience that included the Prince of Wales, and was an immediate success. Together with The Importance of Being Earnest, An Ideal Husband is often considered Wilde's dramatic masterpiece. After Earnest, it is his most popularly produced play. It has been adapted to film several times, first in 1935, most recently in 1999 starring Julianne Moore, Minnie Driver, Cate Blanchett and Rupert Everett. Mason 385. Bookseller Inventory # 16085

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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 [New York: privately printed for the author,] 1882 (1882)

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Item Description: [New York: privately printed for the author,] 1882, 1882. Octavo. Original grey-blue wrappers printed in black. Housed in a purple cloth slipcase and chemise. Wrappers a little rubbed and tanned, closed tear to lower joint, small chip from corner of upper wrapper. A very good copy. Interleaved with blank leaves as issued. First American edition, the second overall and the sole lifetime edition to print the complete text. Vera - Wilde's first play - is one of the legendary rarities in modern literature. First issued in an unprocurable edition in 1880, the work was then revised by Wilde, who added an entirely new prologue; it is this version which was printed for the production copies in New York in 1882. This printing, important in its own right, is known in only a handful of copies and represents the earliest procurable dramatic text by the most important English language dramatist of the century. Bookseller Inventory # 74741

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WILDE, Oscar

Published by London A. R. Keller & Co. (1907)

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Item Description: London A. R. Keller & Co., 1907. Edition De Luxe, One of 200 Copies With Plates in Two States WILDE, Oscar. The Writings of Oscar Wilde. Illustrated. London: A. R. Keller & Co., 1907. Edition de Luxe of the Uniform Edition. One of 200 numbered copies, of which this is number 14. Complete in fifteen octavo volumes. (Measures 7 1/4 x 5 in.). Illustrated in black and white, with plates in two states, each with a descriptive tissue guard. Title and limitation pages on Japanese vellum, printed in black and red, with additional engraved title pages in each volume. Finely bound in modern full green levant morocco. Spines tooled and lettered in gilt in compartments, with a red morocco gilt floral inlay, four raised bands, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers. A fine set. This very early edition precedes the 1908 Ross edition of Wilde's works, often described as the first collected edition. HBS 67715. $13,500. Bookseller Inventory # 67715

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The Picture of Dorian Gray.: WILDE, Oscar.

WILDE, Oscar.

Published by London Ward Lock and Co (1891)

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Item Description: London Ward Lock and Co, 1891. First edition in book form (with dropped "a" on line 23 on p.208), half-title, without final blank, original parchment backed buff boards, titled in gilt on upper board with ten "butterfly" designs by Charles Ricketts, spine lettered in gilt at foot with further "butterfly" designs, rubbed and chipped at extremities, and spine darkened, otherwise an excellent copy. Wilde's only novel, it was first published in Philadelphia's Lippincott's Monthly Magazine, July 1890 and caused a scandal. Wilde's famous preface with its 24 aphorisms ("The artist is the creator of beautiful things"; "When critics disagree the artist is in accord with himself." etc.) first appeared in The Fortnightly Review, March 1891. Mason 328. Bookseller Inventory # 94564

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Ravenna: WILDE, Oscar

WILDE, Oscar

Published by Thomas Shrimpton, Oxford (1878)

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Item Description: Thomas Shrimpton, Oxford, 1878. paperback. Book Condition: very good(+). First. 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. 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. Bookseller Inventory # 208364

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WILDE, OSCAR.

Published by London: Elkin Matthews and John Lane, 1892 (1892)

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Item Description: London: Elkin Matthews and John Lane, 1892, 1892. First Edition. One of 220 copies signed by Wilde and the bookÕs designer Charles Ricketts; this is number 199. PublisherÕs cloth; bookplate; front free endpaper edges chipped; hinges weak; spine ends worn; overall, very good. Bookseller Inventory # 34272

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A Woman of No Importance: Wilde, Oscar

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 large paper copy. Wilde's witty and urbane satire of the English upper class. This was written and produced in 1893 near the height of Wilde's career, between Salome (1891) and his masterpiece The Importance of Being Ernest (1895). 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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Works]: Wilde, Oscar; [edited

Wilde, Oscar; [edited by Robert Ross]

Published by Methuen & Co. (1908), London (1908)

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Item Description: Methuen & Co. (1908), London, 1908. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket. First Edition. Some minor spotting and discolouration to vellum. Some shelf rubbing and dust stains to lower page edges. Minor spots of foxing. Page edges a little darkened on "The Picture of Dorian Gray". A nice set. ; 14 volumes. 13 volumes with the Methuen imprint, "The Picture of Dorian Gray" with Paris imprint of Charles Carrington. All volumes from the edition of 80 copies only, printed on Japanese vellum (a kind of handmade paper), and bound in full limp vellum bindings. Gilt italic lettering on spines and front covers. Front covers with three circular gilt decorations designed by Charles Ricketts. Page dimensions: c.205 x 145mm. Individual volume titles: The Duchess of Padua; Salomé. A Florentine Tragedy. Vera; Lady Windermere's Fan; A Woman of No Importance; An Ideal Husband; The Importance of Being Earnest; Lord Arthur Savile's Crime and Other Prose Pieces; Intentions and the Soul of Man; Poems; A House of Pomegranates, The Happy Prince and Other Tales; De Profundis; The Picture of Dorian Gray; Reviews; Miscellanies. [Bibliographical reference: Mason, pp. 459-490.] [Provenance: 13 volumes William H. Horton, (1877-1954, surgeon in Auckland, New Zealand). All 13 of these with Horton's blind address-stamp, and Ex-libris bookplate. The 14th volume, "The Picture of Dorian Gray", acquired separately to complete the set. No owner's markings in this volume.]. Bookseller Inventory # 17954

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Poems: WILDE, OSCAR

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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La maison des grenades: WILDE Oscar

WILDE Oscar

Published by Editions de la Plume (1902)

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Item Description: Editions de la Plume, 1902. Couverture rigide. - Editions de la Plume, Paris 1902, 14x19cm, relié. - Edition originale de la traduction française, un des 7 exemplaires numérotés sur Japon, tirage de tête après 3 Chine. Reliure en demi maroquin bordeaux à coins, dos à cinq nerfs sertis de filets dorés orné de doubles caissons dorés richement décorés, filets dorés sur les plats de papier marbré, gardes et contreplats de papier à la cuve, couverture et dos conservés, tête dorée, élégante reliure signée de Maylander. Ouvrage illustré de deux portraits d'Oscar Wilde. Provenance : de la bibliothèque de Charles Hayoit avec son ex-libris encollé en tête d'un contreplat. Très bel exemplaire parfaitement établi. [AUTOMATIC ENGLISH TRANSLATION FOLLOWS] First edition of the French translation, one of 7 numbered copies on Japan paper, the tirage de tête after 3 on China paper. Elegant half dark red morocco over marbled paper boards by Maylander, spine in six compartments, gilt fillets around raised bands, richly decorated double gilt compartments, gilt fillets to covers, marbled endpaper and pastedowns, covers and spine preserved, top edge gilt. With two portraits of Oscar Wilde. Provenance : from the library of Charles Hayoit with his ex libris pasted to top of pastedown. A fine copy in a handsome binding. Bookseller Inventory # 53271

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WILDE, OSCAR

Published by Elkin Mathews & John Lane, London (1892)

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Item Description: Elkin Mathews & John Lane, London, 1892. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. First edition. Original light mauve cloth with an elaborately decorated art nouveau gilt design. The endpapers mirror this same design. Very minor restoration to the head of the spine. From a limited edition of 220 copies, this one being number 20. Signed by Oscar Wilde on the limitation page. Now housed in a custom built drop-back box. A lovely copy in all respects. Bookseller Inventory # 017404

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ALASTAIR WILDE Oscar

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Item Description: 1962. First Edition. WILDE, Oscar. L’Anniversaire de l’Infante. Illustrations par Alastair. Paris: The Black Sun Press, 1928. Folio, original cream paper wrappers, original glassine, original marbled slipcase. $8500.Rare limited deluxe first edition, number II of only 10 copies on Japon Impérial out of 110 printed, with nine full-page illustrations by Alastair and published by Harry and Caresse Crosby’s Black Sun Press.This special edition of Wilde’s "The Birthday of the Infanta," originally published in English in The House of Pomegranates in 1891, was designed entirely by Alastair, with nine full-page and numerous marginal illustrations by him. "Alastair" was the pseudonym of Baron Hans Henning Voight, German-born artist, dancer and mime, who derived his provocative style of illustration directly from Aubrey Beardsley. His pictures are known for their combination of "decorative elegance with a fascination with the perverse, sinister and satanic" (Peppin & Micklethwait). Caresse and Harry Crosby’s Black Sun Press "is one of those happy combinations of husband and wife working together, which always lend added charm to a private press and they make a point of providing interesting illustrations" (Ransom, 178). With forward by Harry Crosby. Text in French. Book fine, illustrations vivid and beautiful. Only light edge-wear to original glassine and slipcase. A fine copy. Rare. Bookseller Inventory # 61697

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The Writings of Oscar Wilde (in 12: Wilde, Oscar

Wilde, Oscar

Published by Gabriel Wells, New York (1925)

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Item Description: Gabriel Wells, New York, 1925. Book Condition: Fine. First edition. Number 131 of 575 sets of the Large Paper Edition, complete in 12 volumes. Beautifully bound in full purple morocco by Stikeman. Panels, spine compartments and doublures all richly tooled in gilt. Doublures of red morocco facing red moire silk end papers. A Fine set with only the occasional nick to the leather, internal contents are excellent and unmarked. Gilt top edges rubbed.The famed Irish wit and novelist, one of the great comic playwrights of the 19th century. Wilde is known for his devotion to the philosophy of aestheticism, which he became involved in while studying classics at Trinity College, Dublin and then at Oxford, under the influence of Walter Pater and John Ruskin. Wilde would soon become a sort of spokesperson for the movement, and in fact went on an extremely popular American tour in the early 1880s. (Though as well received as he was by various intellectual sets and salons, he was often attacked by the American press for being superficial and vacuous.) Afterward, he pursued a career in journalism, becoming the editor of The Lady's World magazine before resigning and turning to prose. He would write numerous short stories and essays and published The Picture of Dorian Grey in 1890, to mixed reviews and a great deal of controversy. Indeed, Wilde would edit the book extensively in future editions as a sort of response to his critics. In the early 1890s, Wilde turned to the theater where he would, perhaps, make his greatest mark. He wrote Lady Windermere's Fan, A Woman of No Importance, and An Ideal Husband before completing his final, and greatest play, The Importance of Being Earnest, in 1894. Although some thought Earnest thin, more intelligent reviewers recognized its brilliance, with H.G. Wells writing "More humorous dealing with theatrical conventions it would be difficult to imagine."In 1895 Wilde became involved in his tragic libel suit against the Marquess of Queensbury, whose son Wilde was having an affair with. Wilde would be convicted of gross indecency and imprisoned for two years. His health never recovered, and he spent the remainder of his life in exile in France, before dying in 1900. Fine. Bookseller Inventory # 1727

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The Happy Prince and Other Tales: Wilde, Oscar

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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La ballade de la geôle de Reading.: CAMUS Albert &

CAMUS Albert & WILDE Oscar

Published by Falaize (1952)

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Item Description: Falaize, 1952. couverture souple. - Falaize, Paris 1952, 11,5x17,5cm, broché. - Nouvelle édition de la traduction française établie par Jacques Bour et édition originale de la célèbre préface d'Albert Camus, un des 50 exemplaires numérotés sur vélin Madagascar, tirage de tête. Précieux envoi autographe signé d'Albert Camus : "A Michel Simon grand artiste avec les voeux chaleureux d'un de ses vieux admirateurs" enrichi d'un envoi autographe signé du traducteur Jacques Bour : "A Michel Simon qui ferait crouler tous les murs!" Rare et bel exemplaire. [AUTOMATIC ENGLISH TRANSLATION FOLLOWS] New edition of the French translation by Jacques Bour and the first edition of Albert Camus' famous preface. One of 50 numbered copies on Madagascar paper, tirage de tête. A fine autograph inscription from Albert Camus: "A Michel Simon grand artiste avec les voeux chaleureux d'un de ses vieux admirateurs [For Michel Simon, a great atist, with warmest wishes from an old fan]," and an autograph inscription from the translator Jacques Bour : "A Michel Simon qui ferait crouler tous les murs! [For Michel Simon, who raised all the roofs!]" A rare and very good copy. Bookseller Inventory # 53361

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A Woman of No Importance.: WILDE, Oscar.

WILDE, Oscar.

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

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Item Description: London: John Lane at the Sign of the Bodley Head, 1894, 1894. Quarto. Original yellow buckram over bevelled boards, titles to spine gilt, gilt floral designs to covers, edges untrimmed, printed on handmade paper. Housed in a custom green solander box, titles to red sheep label to spine. Boards bowed, spine browned, light rubbing to edges, small mark to foot of covers, browning to endpapers, preliminary leaves uncut; still an excellent copy. First edition, limited large paper issue of only 50 copies. This copy with an extensive provenance, featuring the bookplates of novelist and bibliographer Michael Sadleir, botanical book collector Christian Heuer (who provided the solander box), notable Oscar Wilde collector Llewellyn Wright, and most significantly that of collector Herbert Charles Pollitt, whose bookplate was designed by his friend and beneficiary Aubrey Beardsley, all to the front pastedown. Pollitt also had, from late 1898, extensive correspondence with Oscar Wilde, who at this time was living in Paris, including sending photographs, mainly of him in costume from a number of dance productions which he starred in whilst at Cambridge, to Wilde. Wilde wrote in a letter, "Your personality becomes more and more mysterious, more and more wonderful, each portrait that I receive". Pollitt was known for buying books in sets of three, "Two of these would have the bookplate designed for him by Beardsley, one of these he would read, and the other keep mint. The third copy was to lend and give away, as Pollitt was sure he would have to". The uncut leaves in the preliminary matter suggest this was a copy intended to be kept "mint". An uncommon, with only one large paper copy traced at auction in the last 100 years. The Book Collector, Winter 1987; Mason 365. Bookseller Inventory # 117676

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Intentions. The Decay of Lying; Pen Pencil: Wilde, Oscar

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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