Wilde v Whistler,
being an acrimonious correspondence on art.London: Privately printed [by Leonard Smithers], 1906 Stock Code: 144070
First edition, first impression, one of 400 trade issue copies; a further 100 demy octavo copies were also issued.
Despite beginning as friends, the relationship between Wilde and Whistler descended into a bitter dispute as each sought to assert himself as spokesman for the aesthetic movement. Following the accusations of plagiarism, philistinism, and indecency, this book records the accusations and retorts made by two of the wittiest literary figures to engage in hostilities.
Provenance: Contemporary telegram from Heffers of Cambridge to Wilde collector and correspondent of Robert Ross Charles Glidden Osborne loosely inserted. Later purchased by book dealer and co-founder of the Society for Theatre Research Ifan Kyrle Fletcher, with his neat pencil notes on the front wrapper, and housed in an envelope addressed to him. 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.
Small quarto. Original brown paper wrappers printed in black. With a postal envelope addressed to bookseller Ifan Kyrle Fletcher.
Some loss to spine, wrappers soiled, nicks to extremities, contents foxed; a very good copy of this fragile publication.
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