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WILDE, Oscar.

The Picture of Dorian Gray.

London: Ward Lock & Co., 1891 Stock Code: 144066
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One of 250 signed copies.

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" for "and" on line 23 of p. 208 in the trade issue is corrected here.

Provenance: from the library of brewer and noted Pre-Raphaelite collector Laurence W. Hodson, with his Kelmscott Press Golden-type book label to the front pastedown, subsequently part of the Hodson sale at Sotheby's in 1906, later purchased by book dealer and co-founder of the Society for Theatre Research Ifan Kyrle Fletcher, with his neat pencil note recording the Sotheby's sale on the front pastedown. Sold by Fletcher to Helen Hambro, née Boyson (1936-2004), an editorial assistant for the Society's Theatre Notebook, and bought from the Hambro estate.

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Small quarto. Original parchment-backed grey paper bevelled boards, title to spine and front cover in gilt, design to covers by Charles Ricketts in gilt, green endpapers, top edge gilt, others untrimmed. With a custom brown paper wrapper, titles to spine in manuscript, likely provided by bookseller Ifan Kyrle Fletcher in the 1960s.


Spine toned, a couple of faint marks to boards, wear to very tips, tiny spray of foxing to final leaves else contents fresh and clean, a very good copy in lovely condition, in the slightly creased and nicked jacket.


Mason 329.


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