The Ballad of Reading Gaol. By C.3.3.London: Leonard Smithers, 1898 Stock Code: 146094
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.
Octavo. Original white cloth-backed yellow cloth, spine lettered in gilt, fore and bottom edges untrimmed.
From the Oak Spring library of Paul Mellon, with his bookplate to the front pastedown. Cloth a little soiled, spine mildly tanned, tips bumped, contents clean. A very good copy.
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