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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. 131022

    Poems.

    London: 1881

    First edition, first issue. One of only 250 copies for the first issue; 750 copies were printed in total, but the remaining 500 copies were equally split between the second and third issues, with new title pages stating second and third editions. Publisher's presentation copy, with the title page stamped "with the publisher's... Learn More
    £3,000

    Stock Code: 131022

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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

    Stock Code: 111590

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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. 131703
    First edition, first impression. Although the stated limitation was of 200 copies, there appear to have been 303 copies printed, with 128 copies left standing unbound in quires and it is possible that this copy was bound for Hatchards from one of the remaining unbound sheets (see Nelson). Wilde's poem, together with Charles... Learn More
    £5,750

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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 132907comp
    First edition, signed limited issue, number 46 of 100 large paper copies signed by the author. Wilde's last and greatest play opened to huge 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)... Learn More
    £50,000

    Stock Code: 132907

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  10. 131848
    First edition, first impression, one of 1,000 copies printed. Oscar Wilde's third comedy, An Ideal Husband premiered at the Haymarket on 3 January 1895, before Wilde's trial, but was not published until after his release from prison. Learn More
    £975

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  11. 132423
    First edition, first impression, one of 1,000 copies printed. Oscar Wilde's third comedy, An Ideal Husband premiered at the Haymarket on 3 January 1895, before Wilde's trial, but was not published until after his release from prison. Learn More
    £1,250

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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. 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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  15. 59355comp
    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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 130801detail
    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
    £5,750

    Stock Code: 130801

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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. 63668comp
    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

    Stock Code: 63668

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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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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