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WILDE, Oscar.

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. Newdigate Prize Poem. Ravenna.
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    Newdigate Prize Poem. Ravenna.

    Recited in the Theatre, Oxford, June 26, 1878.
    First edition of Wilde's first independent publication. Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the front cover: "with the compliments of the author". The inspiration for Wilde's prize-winning poem came on a "vacation ramble" to Italy in 1877 with the Precentor and Junior Dean of Trinity College, Dublin, William Mahaffy. His recitation of it at Oxford was listened to with "rapt attention" and punctuated by frequent applause. Learn More
    £8,750

    Date of Publication: 1878

    Published: Oxford

    Stock Code: 100445

    Signed: Yes

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  2. Vera: or, The Nihilists.

    Vera: or, The Nihilists.

    A Drama in a Prologue and Four Acts.
    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. Learn More
    £12,500

    Date of Publication: 1882

    Published: [New York

    Stock Code: 74741

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  3. The Happy Prince and Other Tales.

    The Happy Prince and Other Tales.

    Illustrated by Walter Crane and Jacomb Hood.
    First edition, trade issue. Learn More
    £2,750

    Date of Publication: 1888

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 101754

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  4. Intentions.

    Intentions.

    The Decay of Lying; Pen Pencil and Poison; The Critic as Artist; The Truth of Masks.
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £2,250

    Date of Publication: 1891

    Published:

    Stock Code: 66618

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  5. A House of Pomegranates.
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    A House of Pomegranates.

    The Design & Decoration of This Book by C. Ricketts & by C. H. Shannon.
    First edition, first impression of the book that Wilde said was "intended neither for the British child nor the British public." Learn More
    £2,250

    Date of Publication: 1891

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 77574

    Signed: Yes

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  6. The Picture of Dorian Gray.
    signed

    The Picture of Dorian Gray.

    Signed limited edition
    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 in the Preface, "There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Learn More
    £25,000

    Date of Publication: 1891

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 104640

    Signed: Yes

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  7. Lady Windermere's Fan.

    Lady Windermere's Fan.

    A Play About a Good Women.
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £3,750

    Date of Publication: 1893

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 91613

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  8. Salome. Drame en un acte.

    Salome. Drame en un acte.

    First edition, trade issue. One of 600 copies in this issue, there were also 50 copies printed on handmade paper. Composed by Wilde in French and not published in English until the following year. Learn More
    £2,000

    Date of Publication: 1893

    Published: Paris & London

    Stock Code: 27428

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  9. i1

    Salomé.

    Drame en un acte.
    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". Learn More
    £22,500

    Date of Publication: 1893

    Published: Paris & London

    Stock Code: 74770

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  10. Salom.

    Salom.

    Drame en un acte.
    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

    Date of Publication: 1893

    Published: Paris

    Stock Code: 112802

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  11. The Importance of Being Earnest.

    The Importance of Being Earnest.

    A trivial comedy for serious people by the author of Lady Windermere’s Fan.
    First edition of Wilde's comic masterpiece, one of 1,000 copies printed. Learn More
    £4,250

    Date of Publication: 1899

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 103674

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  12. The Importance of Being Earnest.

    The Importance of Being Earnest.

    A Trivial Comedy for Serious People by the Author of Lady Windermere’s Fan.
    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" (ODNB) meant that the play was not published in book form until February 1899, after Wilde's release from prison. Learn More
    £3,850

    Date of Publication: 1899

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 112957

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  13. The Writings.

    The Writings.

    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, reviews and other selected prose, as well as a volume of "His Life with a Critical Estimate of his Writings. Learn More
    £4,750

    Date of Publication: 1907

    Published: London and New York

    Stock Code: 110155

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  14. A Bibliography of the Poems of Oscar Wilde.
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    A Bibliography of the Poems of Oscar Wilde.

    Giving Particulars as to the Original of each Poem, with Variations of Readings and a Complete List of all Editions, Reprints, Translations, &c.
    First edition, first impression. One of a limited edition of 475 copies signed by the author Mason (real name Christopher Millard). Learn More
    £500

    Date of Publication: 1907

    Published:

    Stock Code: 59355

    Signed: Yes

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  15. The Works.

    The Works.

    First collected edition of Wilde's works, the deluxe issue of 80 sets printed on Japanese vellum. "The text is taken in most instances from the last editions issued under the superintendence of the author. In some cases the volumes contain additional matter which had not previously been reprinted, while some of the volumes contain matter here published for the first time" (Mason). Learn More
    £7,500

    Date of Publication: 1908

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 110463

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  16. The Works.

    The Works.

    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 of a new play by Wilde, For Love of the King: a Burmese Masque, and published it as a pendant volume to the original 14-volume set. Learn More
    £5,750

    Date of Publication: 1908

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 103391

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  17. The Works.

    The Works.

    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

    Date of Publication: 1919

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 94763

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  18. After Reading. Letters to Robert Ross.

    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
    £975

    Date of Publication: [1921]

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    Stock Code: 63668

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  19. A Peep into the Past.

    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 [concerning Oscar Wilde] was written by Max Beerbohm for the first number of The Yellow Book, but it was held over to make way for his famous Defence of Cosmetics, which duly appeared in April, 1894" (Introduction). Learn More
    £375

    Date of Publication: 1923

    Published: [New York]

    Stock Code: 105298

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  20. Oscar Wilde.

    Oscar Wilde.

    Recollections.
    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 author into his own recollections of Oscar Wilde. Learn More
    £475

    Date of Publication: 1932

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 113812

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