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, an attractively bound copy preserving the original wrappers, and with the bookplate to the front pastedown of the eccentric sportsman and artist William Eden (1849-1915), father of future Prime Minister Anthony Eden, and who, like Wilde, had a dispute with the artist James McNeill Whistler.

    The... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 149908

  2. Poems.
    WILDE, Oscar. Poems.

    London : 1881

    First edition, first issue, one of only 250 copies thus; in total 750 copies of this edition were printed in 1881. However, after the first 250 copies were issued, mock title pages were printed stating second and third editions, and the remaining 500 copies were equally split between them.

    This is a particularly attractive copy, with the bookplate... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 149905

  3. Two autograph letters signed to his close friend Arthur Clifton.
    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for missing, the theatre, both letters, the first sprightly and the latter depressed, characterful and apparently unpublished.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

  4. 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

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

    London : 1889

    Second edition, following the first of the previous year, of Wilde's first and best-known collection of children's stories; an attractively bound copy, with the bookplate to the front pastedown of the eccentric sportsman and artist William Eden (1849-1915), father of future Prime Minister Anthony Eden, and who, like Wilde, had a dispute with the artist... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 149902

  6. The Portrait of Mr. W. H.
    WILDE, Oscar. The Portrait of Mr. W. H.

    [1904]

    Pirated edition, one of 200 copies printed for private circulation, Roger Senhouse's copy, with his bookplate and ownership inscription to the half-title.

    Senhouse (1899-1970), educated at Eton and Oxford, became a prominent member of the Bloomsbury Group and in 1935 became partner with Fredric Warburg of the publishing firm Secker & Warburg,... Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 142192

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

    London : 1891

    First edition, one of 1,000 unnumbered copies; an attractively bound copy, with the bookplate to the front pastedown of the eccentric sportsman and artist William Eden (1849-1915), father of future Prime Minister Anthony Eden, and who, like Wilde, had a dispute with the artist James McNeill Whistler. A House of Pomegranates contains "more ornate fairy-stories... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 149910

  8. Intentions.
    WILDE, Oscar. Intentions.

    London : 1891

    First edition of Wilde's collected essays on aesthetics, an attractively bound copy, with the bookplate to the front pastedown of the eccentric sportsman and artist William Eden (1849-1915), father of future Prime Minister Anthony Eden, and who, like Wilde, had a dispute with the artist James McNeill Whistler. The essays were originally published in... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 149909

  9. Lord Arthur Saville's Crime & Other Stories.
    WILDE, Oscar. Lord Arthur Saville's Crime & Other Stories.

    London : 1891

    First edition, an attractively bound copy, with the bookplate to the front pastedown of the eccentric sportsman and artist William Eden (1849-1915), father of future Prime Minister Anthony Eden, and who, like Wilde, had a dispute with the artist James McNeill Whistler.

    Eden excelled at a range of sports from boxing and horse riding to shooting,... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 149907

  10. Lord Arthur Savile's Crime and Other Stories.
    WILDE, Oscar. Lord Arthur Savile's Crime and Other Stories.

    London : 1891

    First edition, one of 2,000 copies printed, in an attractive binding. This volume contains four short stories: the title story, "The Sphinx without a Secret", "The Canterville Ghost", and "The Model Millionaire". Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 146354

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. Salome.
    WILDE, Oscar. Salome.

    Paris & London : 1893

    First edition, trade issue, one of 600 unnumbered copies (a further 50 copies were issued on handmade paper). Salome was composed and published by Wilde in French, and not published in English until the following year.

    An attractively bound copy, and with a nice provenance: with the bookplate to the front pastedown of the eccentric sportsman... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 149904

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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

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

    London : 1894

    First edition, trade issue, one of 500 copies printed; a further 50 copies were also issued on handmade paper. An attractively bound copy, with the bookplate to the rear pastedown of the eccentric sportsman and artist William Eden (1849-1915), father of future Prime Minister Anthony Eden, and who, like Wilde, had a dispute with the artist James McNeill... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 149906

  18. The Chameleon.
    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

  19. 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

  20. Poems.
    WILDE, Oscar. Poems.

    New York : 8 June 1895

    An unusually well-preserved example of this early American pirated edition of Wilde's poetry, first published by George Munro on 19 January 1882. The first edition of the Poems of Wilde was published in 1881, with his permission. Learn More
    £175.00

    Stock Code: 146018

  21. 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. Another 30 copies were printed on japon. Both paper and japon copies were issued in this plain thin paper jacket, which is an understandably rare survival, being both fragile and unprinted, and so easily discarded.

    The last paper copy at auction in jacket came... Learn More
    £8,750.00

    Stock Code: 147514

  22. 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; 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

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

    London : 1899

    First edition, signed limited issue, number 19 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
    £40,000.00

    Stock Code: 142975

  24. 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

  25. 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

  26. The Works.
    WILDE, Oscar. The Works.

    London : 1908-22

    First collected edition of Wilde's works, limited to 1,000 sets on handmade paper, including For Love of the King: a Burmese Masque, a play supposedly by Wilde but in fact forged by the Irish author Mabel Cosgrove.

    The texts for this edition were mostly taken from the last editions to be supervised by the author. Copyright in The Picture of... Learn More
    £5,750.00

    Stock Code: 103391

  27. 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

  28. The Sphinx without a Secret,
    WILDE, Oscar. The Sphinx without a Secret,

    1915

    Pirated edition, one of 300 copies printed, this copy unnumbered. Printed with wide margins and decorative initial capitals and headpieces, this is an attractive edition of three of Wilde's short stories: The Canterville Ghost was first published in 1887 in Court and Society Review; The Model Millionaire and The Sphinx without a Secret were first published... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 149125

  29. 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

  30. 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

  31. The Selfish Giant.
    WILDE, Oscar. The Selfish Giant.

    London : 1946

    First edition thus, first impression. The Selfish Giant was originally published in Wilde's first and best-known collection of children's stories, The Happy Prince (1888), along with "The Nightingale and the Rose", "The Devoted Friend", and "The Remarkable Rocket". Records show the publication is institutionally rare, with only six copies listed worldwide.

    Wilde's... Learn More
    £175.00

    Stock Code: 148411

  32. 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

  33. The Works,
    WILDE, Oscar. The Works,

    London and Glasgow : 1957

    A handsomely bound copy of Wilde's works, first published thus as the New Collected Edition in 1948. Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 148360

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