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.
WILDE, Oscar. The Happy Prince and Other Tales.
London : 1888First 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 Happy Prince and Other... Learn More£42,500.00
Stock Code: 139228
WILDE, Oscar. Lord Arthur Savile's Crime & other stories.
London : 1891First 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
WILDE, Oscar. A House of Pomegranates.
London : 1891First 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
WILDE, Oscar. Intentions.
London : 1891First 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
WILDE, Oscar. Salomé. Drame en un acte.
Paris & London : 1893First edition, one of 600 trade copies, beautifully bound 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
WILDE, Oscar. Salome. Drame en un acte.
Paris & London : 1893First 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
WILDE, Oscar. Lady Windermere's Fan.
London : 1893First 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
WILDE, Oscar. The Sphinx.
London : 1894First 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
WILDE, Oscar. The Ballad of Reading Gaol. By C.3.3.
London : 1898First 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
WILDE, Oscar. The Importance of Being Earnest.
London : 1899First 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
WILDE, Oscar - MASON, Stuart. A Bibliography of the Poems of Oscar Wilde.
London : 1907First 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
WILDE, Oscar. The Works.
London : 1908First 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
WILDE, Oscar. The Works.
London : 1908-22First 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
WILDE, Oscar. The Works.
London : 1913-19First 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
WILDE, Oscar - RICKETTS, Charles, & Jean Paul Raymond. Oscar Wilde.
London : 1932First 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
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