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(WILDE, Oscar.) BEERBOHM, Max.

A Peep into the Past.

Published: [New York:] Privately Printed [by M. Harzof], 1923

Stock code: 105298

Price: £375

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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 An attractive production that includes a facsimile of Beerbohm’s original manuscript: “this hitherto unpublished essay [concerning Oscar Wilde] was written by Max Beerbohm for the first number of The Yellow Book, but it was held over to make way for his famous Defence of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).

Tall octavo, [16 leaves]. Original brown cloth spine, pale brown paper boards, paper label on spine and front cover, with the original marbled paper slipcase. Title page with colour border of caricatures. Spine cocked, small mark on back cover. An excellent copy.

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