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WILDE, Oscar.

A Woman of No Importance.

London: John Lane at the Sign of the Bodley Head, 1894 Stock Code: 144150
£3,000.00
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With an original programme from the play's first run at the Haymarket

First edition, one of only 500 copies printed, this copy with a very scarce original programme for the play's first run at the Haymarket Theatre laid in, and dated by hand 20 May 1893 only a month after its 19 April premiere. The copy has purple ink ownership stamp, and manuscript insignia, of August Willem Johan van Lanschot (1867-1923), a respectable Dutchman and the mayor of Vught, who may well have travelled to London to see the play.

Also laid in are two later clippings, one from a London paper (dated 21 May 1907 by van Lanschot) with a review of the play's revival, and another an article on Oscar Wilde from a Dutch newspaper.

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Description

Octavo. Original pink cloth, spine lettered in gilt, decorations by Charles Shannon to covers in gilt, all edges untrimmed. Housed in a purple cloth flat-back box by the Chelsea Bindery.

Condition

A very attractive copy, some light soiling to cloth, some spotting around endpapers and edges, pp.38-9 with heavy offset tanning from laid-in newspaper clipping, but otherwise clean within, a very good copy.

Bibliography

Mason 364.

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