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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. Newdigate Prize Poem. Ravenna.
    WILDE, Oscar. Newdigate Prize Poem. Ravenna.

    Oxford : 1878

    First edition of Wilde's first independent publication. The inspiration for Wilde's prize-winning poem came on a "vacation ramble" to Italy in 1877 with the precentor and junior dean of Trinity College, Dublin, William Mahaffy. According to the review published the next day in The Oxford and Cambridge Undergraduate's Journal Wilde's recitation of it... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 144071

  2. 144930
    WILDE, Oscar. Two autograph letters signed to his close friend Arthur Clifton.

    1 August 1887; second letter n.d.

    Two autograph letters from Wilde, both signed with his initials "OW", to Arthur Bellamy Clifton, one of his closest and oldest friends; inviting Clifton to, and apologizing for missing, the theatre, both letters, the first sprightly and the latter depressed, characterful and apparently unpublished.

    The first letter arranges to meet the following... Learn More
    £15,000.00

    Stock Code: 144930

  3. 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 a month after publication, "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
    £37,500.00

    Stock Code: 139228

  4. The Picture of Dorian Gray.
    WILDE, Oscar. The Picture of Dorian Gray.

    London : 1891

    First edition in book form, signed limited issue, number 150 of 250 copies signed by the author, this copy notably uncommon due to its attractive and well-preserved condition.

    The story was first published in Lippincott's Monthly Magazine, July 1890, and was substantially revised for book publication, with six new chapters. The misprinted "nd"... Learn More
    £37,500.00

    Stock Code: 144066

  5. A House of Pomegranates.
    WILDE, Oscar. A House of Pomegranates.

    London : 1891

    First edition, first impression, one of 1,000 copies printed, containing "more ornate fairy-stories than the Happy Prince collection and more directly socialist... The general effect is more tragic... The elegiac, doom-laden note accords with the new spirit of fin de siècle which a character in Dorian Gray had equated with fin du globe" (ODNB). Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 142594

  6. Lord Arthur Savile's Crime & other stories.
    WILDE, Oscar. Lord Arthur Savile's Crime & other stories.

    London : 1891

    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".



    Provenance: purchased from Sotheby's auction by book dealer and co-founder of the Society for Theatre Research Ifan Kyrle Fletcher... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 144028

  7. A House of Pomegranates.
    WILDE, Oscar. A House of Pomegranates.

    London : 1891

    First edition, first impression, one of 1,000 copies. A House of Pomegranates contains "more ornate fairy-stories than the Happy Prince collection and more directly socialist" (ODNB). This edition is richly illustrated by the noted and prolific art nouveau designers Charles Ricketts and Charles Shannon. This copy features notably well-defined examples... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 143979

  8. 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

  9. Salomé. Drame en un acte.
    WILDE, Oscar. Salomé. Drame en un acte.

    Paris & London : 1893

    First edition, one of 600 trade copies, beautifully bound by Roger de Coverly (1831-1914), the London binder under whom T. J. Cobden Sanderson trained, his binder's stamp on the front free endpaper verso. A further 50 copies were issued on Van Gelder handmade paper. Salomé was composed by Wilde in French and was not published in English until the following... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 143964

  10. 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

  11. 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

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

    London : 1893

    First edition, first impression. Wilde's first light comedy, Lady Windermere's Fan was produced at the St. James's Theatre on 20 February 1892. Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 91613

  13. 144072
    WILDE, Oscar. The Chameleon.

    London : [1894]

    The first and only number of The Chameleon to be published, noted as number 25 of 100 copies in manuscript to the front wrapper, containing the first appearance of Wilde's "Phrases and Philosophies for the Use of the Young", two poems by Lord Alfred Douglas, and the editor John Francis Bloxam's anonymous and controversial homoerotic drama "The Priest... Learn More
    £12,500.00

    Stock Code: 144072

  14. A Woman of No Importance.
    WILDE, Oscar. A Woman of No Importance.

    London : 1894

    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... Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 144150

  15. 143975
    WILDE, Oscar. A Woman of No Importance.

    London : 1894

    First edition, one of only 500 copies printed. Wilde's satire was first performed at London's Haymarket Theatre the previous year. This is a notably lovely example in the original cloth.



    Provenance: from the library of brewer and noted Pre-Raphaelite collector Laurence W. Hodson, with his Kelmscott Press Golden-type book label to the... Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 143975

  16. 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

  17. 145836comp
    WILDE, Oscar. The Ballad of Reading Gaol.

    London : 1898

    First and limited edition, number 5 of 30 copies printed on japon, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the verso of the half-title, "To Mr. and Mrs. Dal Young, from the author, in gratitude and regard. Oscar Wilde '98." Dalhousie Young (1866-1921), an English composer and pianist, had published a sympathetic pamphlet urging tolerance at the... Learn More
    £75,000.00

    Stock Code: 145836

  18. 146094
    WILDE, Oscar. The Ballad of Reading Gaol. By C.3.3.

    London : 1898

    First and limited edition, one of 800 unnumbered copies printed on handmade paper; 30 copies were issued on japon. Wilde published this work under the pseudonym "C.3.3." after his cell in Reading Gaol (cell 3 on the third landing of Gallery C). The first edition sold out rapidly, and a second edition was printed within weeks. Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 146094

  19. The Ballad of Reading Gaol. By C.3.3.
    WILDE, Oscar. The Ballad of Reading Gaol. By C.3.3.

    London : 1898

    First and limited edition, one of 800 unnumbered copies printed on handmade paper, this attractive example entirely unopened. A further 30 copies were issued on japon. Wilde published this work under the pseudonym "C.3.3." after his cell in Reading Gaol (cell 3 on the third landing of Gallery C). The first edition sold out rapidly, and a second edition... Learn More
    £3,500.00

    Stock Code: 144054

  20. 144053
    WILDE, Oscar. The Ballad of Reading Gaol. By C.3.3.

    London : 1899

    Leonard Smithers's pirated edition, with Wilde's name in square brackets to the title page, and line 17 on page 15 printed as: "And loud they sang, and loud they sang", as in his last authorized edition of 1899. Wilde published this work under the pseudonym "C.3.3." after his cell in Reading Gaol (cell 3 on the third landing of Gallery C).

    The... Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 144053

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

    London : 1899

    First edition, number 131 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" (ODNB) meant that the play was not published in book form... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 145568

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

    London : 1899

    First edition, signed limited issue, number 12 of 12 copies signed by the author and printed on Japanese vellum. 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... Learn More
    £75,000.00

    Stock Code: 139231

  23. 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

  24. 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

  25. 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... Learn More
    £5,750.00

    Stock Code: 103391

  26. 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

  27. 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

  28. 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

  29. 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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