WILDE, Oscar.

The Portrait of Mr. W. H.

Privately printed [Smithers and/or "Wright and Jones"], [1904] Stock Code: 142192
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Senhouse's own copy

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, where he published translations of Colette and Simone de Beauvoir, as well as important English titles such as his fellow Etonian George Orwell's 1984 and Animal Farm.

This story of an attempt to solve the mystery of the dedicatee of Shakespeare's Sonnets was first published in Blackwood's Magazine in 1889, and later added to the collection Lord Arthur Savile's Crime and Other Stories.

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Description

Octavo. Original wire-stitched green wrappers, titles and floral border to front in black.

Condition

Some loss to foot of spine, wrappers a touch creased and soiled, with a couple of faint marks, staples rusted with some glue residue to gutter of endpapers, else contents clean. A very good copy.

Bibliography

Mason 611

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