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Oscar Wilde

Rare books by Oscar Wilde, including first editions and signed and finely bound copies of The Picture of Dorian Gray and Salomé.

 A leading proponent of the Aestheticism movement in the late nineteenth century, Oscar Wilde was most renowned in his own time as a playwright, gaining notoriety for his subversive social commentary.

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  1. Vera: or, The Nihilists.
    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... Learn More
    £12,500

    Stock Code: 74741

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  2. 101754
    First edition, trade issue. Learn More
    £2,750

    Stock Code: 101754

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  3. 1
    Signed limited edition, number 189 of 250 copies printed on Van Gelder handmade paper and signed by Wilde, rare in this condition. Wilde's only novel and considered by many his greatest work, Dorian Gray combined the supernatural elements of the Gothic novel with the sins of French decadent fiction. Wilde famously insists... Learn More
    £25,000

    Stock Code: 104640

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  4. 111590
    First edition, first impression. Prints the title story together with The Sphinx Without a Secret, The Canterville Ghost and The Model Millionaire. Learn More
    £1,875

    Stock Code: 111590

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  5. Salomé.
    First edition, limited issue, one of 50 copies printed on Van Gelder paper. There was also a trade issue of 600 copies. Salome was composed by Wilde in French and not published in English until the following year. Learn More
    £2,750

    Stock Code: 112802

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  6. Lady Windermere's Fan.
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £3,750

    Stock Code: 91613

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  7. 118731comp
    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... Learn More
    £19,750

    Stock Code: 118731

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  8. 122833
    Limited edition, one of 1,000 copies on art paper, this copy out of series, unnumbered, and presumably from the publisher's own retained stock; there were another 100 copies on Japanese vellum. With an strongautograph letter signed from Oscar Wilde to the publisher, Leonard Smithers/strong, in its original stamped and franked... Learn More
    £35,000

    Stock Code: 122833

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  9. The Importance of Being Earnest.
    First and limited edition, out-of-series copy out of an edition of 1,000 copies. The Importance of Being Earnest, Wilde's last play, opened to great acclaim on Valentine's Day 1895 but was withdrawn after Wilde's failed libel suit against Lord Queensbury led to his arrest. The subsequent "utter social destruction of Wilde"... Learn More
    £3,850

    Stock Code: 112957

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  10. 115980comp
    First edition, signed limited issue, number 40 of 100 large paper copies signed by the author. The Importance of Being Earnest, Wilde's last play, opened to great acclaim on Valentine's Day 1895 but was withdrawn after Wilde's failed libel suit against Lord Queensbury led to his arrest. The subsequent "utter social destruction... Learn More
    £50,000

    Stock Code: 115980

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  11. The Writings.

    The Writings.

    London and New York: 1907

    Edition de Luxe limited to 200 numbered sets of which this is number 35. Contains Wilde's only novel (The Picture of Dorian Gray), his plays (including, among others, The Importance of Being Earnest and Salome in which are reproduced four of Aubrey Beardsley's famous illustrations), poems, fairy tales, essays, lectures,... Learn More
    £4,750

    Stock Code: 110155

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  12. A Bibliography of the Poems of Oscar Wilde.
    First edition, first impression. One of a limited edition of 475 copies signed by the author Mason (real name Christopher Millard). Learn More

    Regular Price: £500

    Special Price £335

    Stock Code: 59355

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  13. The Works.

    The Works.

    London: 1908–22

    First collected edition of Wilde's works, limited to 1,000 sets on handmade paper. The texts were mostly taken from the last editions to be supervised by the author. Copyright in The Picture of Dorian Gray was held by Charles Carrington, so that volume alone appears with his Paris imprint. In 1922 Methuen announced the discovery... Learn More
    £5,750

    Stock Code: 103391

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  14. 122177
    An attractively bound copy of Wilde's collection of stories for children, first published May 1888. Learn More
    £225

    Stock Code: 122177

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  15. 122422detail
    The Cherwell edition, number 149 of 250 copies intended for sale in America. A particularly handsome set and rare in a contemporary binding. Learn More
    £5,750

    Stock Code: 122422

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  16. 121280
    First edition thus, with a newly designed dust jacket, second impression of the 1910 edition; with a preface by Robert Ross, Wilde's literary executor, and the front cover designed by Charles Ricketts. The Sphinx was first published in 1894, with ten illustrations by Ricketts. Learn More
    £300

    Stock Code: 121280

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  17. The Works.

    The Works.

    London: 1913-19

    First editions of Selected Prose and A Critic in Pall Mall; others mixed later editions. An attractively bound set with bookplate of G. S. O. Colthurst loosely inserted in 11 volumes. Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 94763

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  18. After Reading. Letters to Robert Ross.
    First edition, first impression. One of a limited edition of 75 numbered copies on japon signed by both the publisher and artist. With the bookplates of noted collectors Estelle Doheny (1875-1958) and William Andrews Clark (1839-1925). Learn More

    Regular Price: £975

    Special Price £653

    Stock Code: 63668

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  19. A Peep into the Past.
    First and limited edition, first printing, one of 300 copies printed on japon vellum; scarce: Copac records just three copies in British and Irish institutional libraries (BL, Oxford, Senate House Library). An attractive production that includes a facsimile of Beerbohm's original manuscript: "this hitherto unpublished essay... Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 105298

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  20. 116018
    The large paper edition. A handsomely bound set of Wilde's works. Learn More
    £8,750

    Stock Code: 116018

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  21. 120344
    First Bosschère edition, in a very attractive binding. Learn More
    £1,000

    Stock Code: 120344

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  22. 123244
    First edition illustrated by Nachshen, first impression. Donia Nachshen (19031987) was a Ukrainian-born book illustrator who fled anti-Jewish sentiment in her home country in 1905. By the 1920s she was an established designer. In addition to this edition, Nachshen produced illustrations for the works of Samuel Butler, Enid... Learn More
    £500

    Stock Code: 123244

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  23. Oscar Wilde.
    First edition, number 474 of a limited 800 copies, a superb copy in the jacket. A printed note informs the reader that "Charles Ricketts wrote and in 1929 privately issued ‘Beyond the Threshold', which he pretended was but his translation from the original French of Jean Paul Raymond. He again introduces this imaginary... Learn More
    £475

    Stock Code: 113812

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