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[WILDE, Oscar.]

The Ballad of Reading Gaol. By C.3.3.

London, Leonard Smithers, 1898 Stock Code: 141701
£4,000.00

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Notes

First and limited edition, one of 800 unnumbered copies printed on handmade paper, from a total edition of 830. 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.

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Description

Octavo. Original white cloth-backed yellow cloth, spine lettered in gilt, fore and bottom edges untrimmed.

Condition

Very light soiling, slight cockling. A near-fine copy, unopened throughout.

Bibliography

Mason 371.

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