Oscar Wilde First Editions
Browse our fine collection of Oscar Wilde first editions signed and illustrated rare books and works on paper.
Wilde, Ireland's most famous playwright, poet and author is regarded as one of the most successful dramatists of the Victorian era and his works remain highly collectible.
Collect Oscar Wilde First Editions Books & Works on Paper
Small 8vo (170 x 105 mm.); frontispiece, pictorial title & list of plates and 13 plates by Aubrey Beardsley, 6pp. advertisements at end, small blindstamp and neat contemporary gift inscription to front free endpaper; publisher's green cloth stamped and lettered in gilt, slight rolling of spine and mild splaying, top edge gilt, others uncut, original printed dust-jacket, spine tanned with slight loss to head, some light dust-soiling, clean partial split to upper joint.£450
First collected edition; 14 volumes, 8vo; one of 80 sets printed on Japanese papier velin; publisher's cream vellum, gilt decorative devices to front panels by Charles Ricketts, yapp edges, top edges gilt, 13 volumes have the imprint of Methuen & Co., and one, The Picture of Dorian Gray, has the imprint of Charles Carrington, Paris (as called for), usual mild wrinkling to most paste-downs, covers mildly toned, some volumes with minor glue reaction (both points usual with vellum bindings), otherwise exceptionally fine internally and externally. Height: 21 cm Overall width of set: 50 cm
[Together with], For Love of the King: A Burmese Masque. Methuen issued this work in 1922, intending it to be a supplementary volume to the above set but never issued in vellum; printed on hand-made paper and limited to 1000 copies only; publisher's cream cloth, browning to spine and edges, dust-jacket with some expert archival repairs to the interior of the folds, Ex-libris Frederick Spiegelberg (name plate on front paste-down) as well as Gertrude & Edward A. Strauss (bookplate on front paste-down), previous bookseller's label on rear paste-down, a very good copy.