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A Woman Of No Importance

By Wilde, Oscar




Oscar Wilde's audacious drama of social scandal centres around the revelation of Mrs Arbuthnot's long-concealed secret. A house party is in full swing at Lady Hunstanton's country home, when it is announced that Gerald Arbuthnot has been appointed secretary to the sophisticated, witty Lord Illingworth. Gerald's mother stands in the way of his appointment, but fears to tell him why, for who will believe Lord Illingworth to be a man of no importance?


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A Woman of No Importance

Wilde, Oscar

London: John Lane at the Sign of the Bodley Head in Vigo Street, 1894. First edition, one of 50 Large Paper copies. 154, [1] pp. Printed by T. and A. Constable, Edinburgh. 1 vols. 4to. Original buckram gilt. Spine and extremities darkened, endleaves with some paste darkening, else fine, in a custom purple half-morocco slipcase and chemise. First edition, one of 50 Large Paper copies. 154, [1] pp. Printed by T. and A. Constable, Edinburgh. 1 vols. 4to. Large Paper Copy, One of 50. An attractive large paper copy. Wilde's witty and urbane satire of the English upper class. This was written and produced in 1893 near the height of Wilde's career, between Salome (1891) and his masterpiece The Importance of Being Ernest (1895). Mason 365. Provenance: Arthur Chester Rhodes

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A Woman of No Importance

Wilde, Oscar

London: John Lane at the Sign of The Bodley Head, 1894 First edition, one of 50 large-paper copies printed on handmade paper. Original publisher's yellow buckram boards with gilt decorations by Charles Shannon to covers and spine, spine lettered in gilt. Covers toned along outer margin, spine toned, only the slightest trace of rubbing to the extremities, former owner bookplate to front pastedown, and light offsetting to endpapers. A very good, tight and clean copy. An extremely scarce book in the large-paper format. Mason 365. A Woman of No Importance was published simultaneously in two formats: small octavo (the standard edition of 500 copies) and quarto (the "Large Paper" issue of 50 copies). While both constitute the first edition of A Woman of No Importance, the large paper copies are decidedly rarer than the octavos; intended to be more exclusive and deluxe publications, large paper formats were typically produced using higher quality materials, lacked the publisher's advertisements, and were printed in small print runs. Because they were intended as collectibles from publication, large paper copies of Wilde's plays are exceedingly scarce. A Woman of No Importance is a four-act play that was first produced in London at the Haymarket Theatre on April 19, 1893. Like many of Wilde's plays, it satirizes the English upper-class and criticizes Victorian society. The title "a woman of no importance" refers to the character Mrs. Arbuthnot who bears the illegitimate son of Lord Illingworth. Although societal conventions deem her a sinful woman, Wilde proves Arbuthnot a respectable widow who is rewarded with a son who treats women respectfully. In contrast, Illingworth, one of Wilde's archetypal dandy figures, is rejected by his son and may of the women in the play, making him a "man of no importance.". Illus. by Shannon, Charles. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine.

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A Woman of No Importance

WILDE, Oscar

London: John Lane, 1894. Limited. hardcover. very good. Tall 8vo ,lavender cloth, faded to tan, with gilt designs, considerably browned on the spine and edges; pages untrimmed, London: John Lane, 1894. Limited First Edition. Mason, 365. One of only 50 copies, printed simultaneously with the first trade edition. Internally fine and clean.

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A Woman of No Importance.

Wilde, Oscar.

Small 4to. London: John Lane at the Bodley Head, 1894. Small 4to, [xiv], 154, [1] pp. Original salmon buckram, covers with gilt-stamped decorations, gilt top, backstrip lettered and stamped in gilt, scattered foxing, a lovely copy enclosed in a quarter blue morocco slipcase. First edition (though there were 15 copies printed for the production of the play in New York). This play contains some of Wilde’s best quips - with especially astute comments on the nature of society. A hard book to find in perfect condition -- this copy has been boxed for about 100 years and is almost flawless. On the front pastedown is a printed note: “This book is now published by John Lane at the Bodley Head in Vigo St London W”. Millard 365.

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A Woman of No Importance

Wilde, Oscar

John Lane, 1894 First Edition, First Printing bound in the ORIGINAL salmon cloth from the publisher. A wonderful copy. The book is in nice condition. The binding is tight, and the boards are crisp with minor wear to the spine and edges. The pages are clean with no writing, marks or bookplates in the book. Overall, a sharp copy of this TRUE FIRST EDITION in collector's condition. We buy Oscar Wilde First Editions.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fine.

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A Woman of No Importance

WILDE, Oscar

London: John Lane, 1894. First. hardcover. very good. Tall 8vo, lavender cloth, decorated in gilt, pages untrimmed; corners bumped, light soil. London: John Lane, 1894. Limited First Edition. Housed in a 1/4 purple morocco slipcase. Publisher's bookplate, reading "This Book Is Now Published by John Lane at the Bodley Head. Mason, 365. One of 500 copies.

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A Woman of No Importance.

WILDE, Oscar.

London: John Lane at the Sign of the Bodley Head,, 1894. Octavo. Original pink cloth, spine lettered in gilt, decorations by Charles Shannon to covers in gilt, all edges untrimmed. Cloth lightly soiled, extremities bumped, spine sunned, light foxing to initial and final leaves. A very good copy. First edition, one of only 500 copies printed. Wilde's satire was first performed at London's Haymarket Theatre the previous year.

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A Woman of No Importance

WILDE, Oscar

London: John Lane, 1894. First. hardcover. fine. Tall 8vo, pages untrimmed, handsomely rebound in full orange morocco, gilt spine. London: John Lane, 1894. First Edition. Fine. A tight, clean copy with the pages uniformly tanned as usual. 15 pages of ads at the end.

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A Woman of No Importance

Wilde, Oscar

London: John Lane, 1894. First edition. Hardcover. Very Good. First edition, one of 500 copies only printed. Octavo in lavender cloth decorated in gilt and with spine lettered in gilt. Fore edges uncut. 154 pp. plus 16 pp. of adverts for List of Books in Belles Lettres. This copy bears the rather scarce small publisher’s bookplate on the front pastedown announcing “This Book Now Published by John Lane at the Bodley Head in Vigo St. London W.” Very good. Scattered foxing to the endpapers. Shallow wear to the spine extremities and spine a bit rubbed. Some rippling to the lower portion of the cloth on the front board.

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A Woman of No Importance

WILDE, OSCAR

London: John Lane, 1894. 8vo, 154pp., [2], 14p. ads, [2]. Faded purple cloth with gilt lettering and decorations by Charles Shannon. Some bubbling to cloth, boards worn at the tips and at head and foot of spine, some scuffing to rear board, spine darkened. Edges of text age-toned, hinges split and weak but boards are still firmly attached. Adverts dated 1894. Mason, 364. Half of the book with unopened pages. 1 of 500 copies printed. . First Edition. Hardcover. Good+.

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A Woman of No Importance

Wilde, Oscar

London: John Lane at the Sign of the Bodley Head in Vigo Street. Printed by T. and A. Constable, Edinburgh, 1894. First edition, one of 500 copies. 154, [1] pp. 1 vols. 4to. Original mauve cloth decorated in gilt. Spine faded, cloth at extremities frayed, corners bumped, some soiling to cloth, ffep and first blank torn at gutter. First edition, one of 500 copies. 154, [1] pp. 1 vols. 4to. Mason 365

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A Woman of No Importance

Wilde, Oscar

London: John Lane, 1894. 1st edition, newly rebound in brown leather with a gilt-stamped red leather title piece and Florentine marbled endpapers. New binding fine; the text pages are about good plus. All are toned brown near the edges. The first blank (of 2 before the title page) bears a gift inscr. in French; that page also chipped at the corners. An owner's name is upside down on the final blank. 154 pp. + 16-p. publisher's catalog.. First Edition. Hard Cover.

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A Woman of No Importance (One of 80 Copies on Japanese Vellum)

WILDE, OSCAR

London: Methuen and Co., 1908. 8vo. Single volume of the collected works from the set of 80 copies bound in full Japanese vellum. Gilt lettering and designs by Charles Ricketts to the front board with gilt lettered spine. Top edge gilt, other edges untrimmed, yapp edges. . Near Fine.

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A Woman of No Importance

WILDE, Oscar

London: John Lane, at the Sign of the Bodley Head, 1894.. First edition, one of 500 copies, 8vo, (xiv), 154, (2), 14 advertisement, (2) pp. Lightly browned throughout, endpapers with some foxing, old signature ("Louie Dowson") to fly leaf. Original lilac cloth, gilt title and decoration by Charles Shannon, rather dull and soiled. Mason 364.

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A Woman of No Importance.

WILDE, Oscar.

Paris: [Privately printed by Leonard Smithers,], 1903. Octavo. Original pink cloth, titles blocked in blind to rounded spine. Occasional pencil annotations to text. Spine gently rolled and browned, minor wear to extremities, boards lightly soiled, two tiny punctures to foot of front cover, light foxing to endpapers and occasionally to text; a very good copy. Leonard Smithers's pirated edition, number 184 of 250 copies. An impressive literary association copy with the ownership inscription of the playwright St John Hankin to the front free endpaper, "St John Hankin, Campden, Glos.". This copy also has the pencil annotations and ownership inscription of Roger Senhouse to the front free endpaper, "1st 1894, Paris edition, Roger Senhouse. Curious errors & some transpositions - mostly marked. What are American any goods? American novels, 11/2 All women become like their mother, 143 - He can have Ashbuby or What more can a gentleman desire in this world?", adding beneath Hankin's inscription, "Martin Secker published his 'Complete Dramatic Works 3 vols. 1912". A well-regarded author, and son-in-law to George Routledge, Hankin (1869-1909) has been described as "a successor of Oscar Wilde" due to the satirisation of class-consciousness apparent in his plays (Weiss, The Diabolical Comedist As We (Should) Know Him). Roger Senhouse (1899-1970) was a prominent member of the Bloomsbury Group and in 1935 became co-owner with Fredric Warburg of the publishing house Secker & Warburg. In addition to his comments on the front free endpaper Senhouse has made 19 further pencil annotations to the text. This edition uses the text of the first edition, published by the Bodley Head in 1894 (Mason 364).

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A Woman Of No Importance.

Oscar Wilde

Methuen., 1908. Hardcover. Used; Good. No dust jacket. Limited edition. Covers worn. Deckle edge pages. Fast Dispatch. Expedited UK Delivery Available. Excellent Customer Service. Bookbarn International Inventory #2189819

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A Woman of No Importance

Wilde, Oscar

London: Methuen & Co. G + : in good (plus) condition without dust jacket. Spine darkened. Heraldic bookplate to front paste. Light foxing to endpapers. Teg - remaining edges uncut. 1908. Limited Edition [of 1000 copies]. Cream gilt-decorated hardback cloth cover. 220mm x 160mm (9" x 6"). 191pp. .

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A Woman Of No Importance

Oscar Wilde

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A Woman of No Importance

Wilde, Oscar

London: Methuen and Co. 1908, One of 1000 copies printed. (Hardcover) 191pp. Very good, no dust jacket. Cream cloth with gilt deocration. Top edge gilt. The front and back cover is lightly soiled, the spine is discolored, the endpapers are spotted and there are the remains of a bookplate on the front endpaper. "This edition on handmade paper is limited to 1000 copies for the United Kingdom and America". (Drama, Plays, Theater).

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A woman of no importance (Bezvyznamna zena)

Oscar Wilde

Czech: Praha, 1914. Used. 1914 ; Czech Edition of A woman of no importance (Bezvyznamna zena) (For more details, please contact me)

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Oscar Wilde

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Oscar Wilde

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A Woman of No Importance (Large Print Edition)

Oscar Wilde

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A Woman Of No Importance: An Ideal Husband

Oscar Wilde

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Oscar Wilde

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Oscar Wilde

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A Woman of No Importance

WILDE, Oscar

London: Methuen and Co. 1922. Foolscap octavo, pp.[viii]; 182. Cheap edition, being the eleventh printing. Bound in original red cloth, trimmed in black, in original printed dust-jacket. Some expected age-toning to cheap paper, faint dampmark to flap (offset),. Jacket with some minor chips and tears; a clean, near fine copy. Mason.

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A Woman Of No Importance

OSCAR WILDE

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Oscar Wilde

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Oscar Wilde

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Oscar Wilde

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Oscar Wilde

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Oscar Wilde

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Oscar Wilde

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Oscar Wilde

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A Woman of no Importance (Perfect Library)

Oscar Wilde

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A Woman of No Importance (Classic Books on Cassettes Collection)

Oscar Wilde

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Oscar Wilde

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Oscar Wilde

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Oscar Wilde

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Oscar Wilde

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Oscar Wilde

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Oscar Wilde

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A Woman of No Importance: a play

Oscar Wilde

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Oscar Wilde

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