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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. 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for missing, the theatre, both letters, the first sprightly and the latter depressed, characterful and apparently unpublished.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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. The Ballad of Reading Gaol.
    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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  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. Oscariana.
    WILDE, Oscar. Oscariana.

    London : 1910

    First edition, number 18 of 20 copies only on Japanese Vellum and bound in Levant morocco by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, and signed "George Sutcliffe" on the limitation page. Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 147668

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