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. The Happy Prince and Other Tales.
    WILDE, Oscar. The Happy Prince and Other Tales.

    London : 1888

    First edition, presentation copy, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "Edith Cowes from her sincere friend the author. Oscar Wilde, June, 88". A woman of that name contributed an article on the artist James Tissot in the Century Magazine (Edith Cowes, "Tissot's Life of Christ", Century Magazine, 51, no. 37, 1895-96).

    The... Learn More
    £42,500.00

    Stock Code: 139228

  2. Intentions.
    WILDE, Oscar. Intentions.

    London : 1891

    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
    £1,375.00

    Stock Code: 126063

  3. Salome. Drame en un acte.
    WILDE, Oscar. Salome. Drame en un acte.

    Paris & London : 1893

    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. A lovely copy of this delicate publication. Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 133806

  4. Lady Windermere's Fan.
    WILDE, Oscar. Lady Windermere's Fan.

    London : 1893

    First edition, finely bound. One of 500 regular copies, with a further 50 large-paper copies also printed. Wilde's first light comedy, Lady Windermere's Fan was produced at the St. James's Theatre on 20 February 1892. Learn More
    £1,350.00

    Stock Code: 133994

  5. The Sphinx.
    WILDE, Oscar. The Sphinx.

    London : 1894

    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 Ricketts's art nouveau illustrations... Learn More
    £5,750.00

    Stock Code: 131703

  6. An Ideal Husband.
    WILDE, Oscar. An Ideal Husband.

    London : 1899

    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. This edition was published anonymously. Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 140565

  7. The Importance of Being Earnest.
    WILDE, Oscar. The Importance of Being Earnest.

    London : 1899

    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) meant that the play... Learn More
    £50,000.00

    Stock Code: 132907

  8. Lady Windermere's Fan.
    WILDE, Oscar. Lady Windermere's Fan.

    Paris : 1903

    Pirated edition, a line for line reprint of the first edition of 1893. The place of publication is probably spurious. Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 128824

  9. De Profundis.
    WILDE, Oscar. De Profundis.

    London : 1905

    First edition, presentation copy, with Robert Ross's compliments slip laid in, one of 200 copies of the deluxe issue on handmade paper and specially bound. A later slip from "the private secretary to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster" gives a possible clue to the original recipient of Ross's presentation, though we have not been able to trace... Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 140889

  10. Complete Writings.
    WILDE, Oscar. Complete Writings.

    New York : 1907-9

    Edition Deluxe, number 815 of 1,000 sets, attractively printed and handsomely bound. The writings include Wilde's only novel (The Picture of Dorian Gray), his plays, poems, fairy tales, essays, and miscellaneous prose. Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 139273

  11. [The Works.]
    WILDE, Oscar. [The Works.]

    London : 1907

    The Uniform edition, normally bound in cloth and limited to 800 sets, within which is the Florentine edition in deluxe binding, of which this is number 75 of 450 copies only. Of particular note are the four illustrations by Aubrey Beardsley for Salomé. In 1894, Beardsley designed and submitted several illustrations for the British edition... Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 138602

  12. A Bibliography of the Poems of Oscar Wilde.
    (WILDE, Oscar.) MASON, Stuart. A Bibliography of the Poems of Oscar Wilde.

    London : 1907

    First edition, signed limited issue, number 7 of 25 copies signed by the bibliographer, printed on larger hand-made paper, and with the illustrations on Japanese vellum. A further 450 unsigned trade copies were also issued. Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 59355

  13. [The Works.]
    WILDE, Oscar. [The Works.]

    London : 1908

    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 that volume alone appears with... Learn More
    £5,750.00

    Stock Code: 130801

  14. The Works.
    WILDE, Oscar. The Works.

    London : 1908

    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 that volume alone appears with... Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 125622

  15. The Works.
    WILDE, Oscar. 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 of a new play by Wilde,... Learn More
    £5,750.00

    Stock Code: 103391

  16. The Works.
    WILDE, Oscar. The Works.

    London : c.1911

    The Magdalen edition. One of 480 numbered sets of which this is number 23. Learn More
    £4,000.00

    Stock Code: 138136

  17. The Works.
    WILDE, Oscar. 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
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 94763

  18. The Writings.
    WILDE, Oscar. The Writings.

    New York : 1925

    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, and Wilde's one-time lover Richard... Learn More
    £8,750.00

    Stock Code: 116018

  19. Oscar Wilde.
    (WILDE, Oscar.) RICKETTS, Charles, & Jean Paul Raymond. Oscar Wilde.

    London : 1932

    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 author into his own recollections... Learn More
    £475.00

    Stock Code: 113812

  20. Calligraphic quote on vellum.
    (WILDE, Oscar.) Calligraphic quote on vellum.

    [20th century]

    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
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 129949

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