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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. 125370
    First edition of Wilde's only collection of children's stories, including "The Selfish Giant", "The Nightingale and the Rose", "The Devoted Friend", and "The Remarkable Rocket". Wilde's "reputation as an author dated from the publication of the Happy Prince and Other Tales in London in May 1888. The Athenaeum compared him... Learn More
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 125370

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  2. 111590
    First edition, first impression, one of 2,000 copies printed. This volume contains four short stories, the title story, "The Sphinx without a Secret", "The Canterville Ghost", and "The Model Millionaire". Learn More
    £1,875

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  3. 126063
    First edition, first impression, of Wilde's collected essays on aesthetics, originally published in journals from 1885 to 1890, and here revised by Wilde. Of this edition 1,500 copies were printed, of which 600 were issued in America. Learn More
    £1,375

    Stock Code: 126063

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  4. 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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  5. 91613
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £3,750

    Stock Code: 91613

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  6. 126988
    First edition, first impression, one of 50 large paper copies. Wilde's first light comedy, Lady Windermere's Fan was produced at the St. James's Theatre on 20 February 1892. The large paper issue was published concurrently with the regular paper issue of 500 copies. Learn More
    £3,250

    Stock Code: 126988

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  7. 127821
    First edition, one of only 500 copies printed. Wilde's satire was first performed at London's Haymarket Theatre the previous year. Learn More
    £1,250

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  8. 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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  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. 124945
    First and limited edition, out-of-series copy out of an edition of 1,000 copies, in the scarce variant binding. 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... Learn More
    £3,750

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  11. 125779comp
    First edition, signed limited issue, number 32 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
    £29,500

    Stock Code: 125779

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  12. 128530
    Leonard Smithers's pirated edition, number 101 of 200 copies, published using Wilde's own copy of the American "acting-edition" of 1882, printing his corrections and additions to the text (Mason 303). Vera was Wilde's first play, and was first issued in an unknown run in 1880 for the actors of the planned, although unperformed,... Learn More
    £300

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  13. 128824
    Pirated edition, a line for line reprint of the first edition of 1893. The place of publication is probably spurious. Learn More
    £200

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  14. 128739
    Leonard Smithers's pirated edition, number 184 of 250 copies. An impressive literary association copy with the ownership inscription of the playwright St John Hankin to the front free endpaper, "St John Hankin, Campden, Glos.". This copy also has the pencil annotations and ownership inscription of Roger Senhouse to the front... Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 128739

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  15. 123778
    First edition, deluxe limited issue, one of 50 copies only on Japanese vellum. De Profundis was the only literary work Wilde produced during his two years in Reading Gaol (1895-97), being eventually published five years after his death by his literary executor Robert Ross.
    Wilde began writing what became De Profundis,... Learn More
    £15,000

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  16. 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
    £500

    Stock Code: 59355

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  17. 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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  18. 125622detail
    First collected edition of Wilde's works, one of 1,000 unnumbered sets on handmade paper. The texts were mostly taken from the last editions to be supervised by the author, in some cases with additional matter here published for the first time. The copyright of The Picture of Dorian Gray was held by Charles Carrington, so... Learn More
    £3,000

    Stock Code: 125622

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  19. 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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  20. 125229detail

    The Works.

    London: [1910-13]

    A handsomely-bound set of the Second Collected Edition of Wilde's works, which was first published in 1909 and based upon the limited First Collected Edition of the previous year, edited by Robert Ross. Dorian Grey is here published by Charles Carrington, who retained the copyright to this work but permitted it to be included... Learn More
    £3,750

    Stock Code: 125229

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  21. 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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  22. 116018detail
    The handsomely produced "Large Paper Edition", this being number 254 of 575 sets, put out by the celebrated New York bookseller Gabriel Wells who, during the 1920s, competed in the sale rooms with the great Rosenbach. This edition, with introductory material by W. B. Yeats, Padraic Colum, John Drinkwater, Arthur Symons,... Learn More
    £8,750

    Stock Code: 116018

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  23. 127789
    Stated forty-fifth edition; De Profundis was first published in 1905. Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 127789

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  24. Oscar Wilde.
    First and limited edition, number 474 of 800 copies only, 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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  25. 129949
    An attractive and unusual example of amateur calligraphy on vellum, framed for display, using the famous quote of Oscar Wilde - "What is a Cynic? a man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing" - taken from Lady Windermere's Fan. Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 129949

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