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by Oscar Wilde

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London: David Bogue, 1881. First Printing, One of 250 copies only. "Handsomely Bound" Thick Parchment Vellum boards by Matthew Bell, in excellent state, with gilt stamped, "much smaller prune blossom design", as called for. Light age, with a few spots, some rubbing, extremity wear. Watermarked "Van Gelder", Dutch Handmade Paper, Top Edge Gilt (T.E.G.) very bright, other edges deckled, with "leaves varying slightly in size" as issued. Light browning offset to endpaper as per usual. Binding extremely tight. Free terminal of "Panthea" remains unopened. An exceptional copy of Wilde's First True Book, in which he oversaw the production, designing the prune blossoms binding, "wanting the cover and typography to be distinctive" (Ellmann, p.137). With a "Limited Edition", total print run of only 750 copies, it was issued in three "Printings" of 250 each. This First was released June 30, the Second and Third to follow on July 22 and September 26, using both the First Print Run sheets, and later printed sheets, with a new title-page. Some age, wear to binding as above, still, approaching Fine. (Mason [304]).. First Edition. Vellum Parchment, T.E.G., Sewn. Near Fine. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.


From the book:Not that I love thy children, whose dull eyesSee nothing save their own unlovely woe,Whose minds know nothing, nothing care to know, -But that the roar of thy Democracies,Thy reigns of Terror, thy great Anarchies,Mirror my wildest passions like the seaAnd give my rage a brother -! Liberty!For this sake only do thy dissonant criesDelight my discreet soul, else might all kingsBy bloody knout or treacherous cannonadesRob nations of their rights inviolateAnd I remain unmoved - and yet, and yet,These Christs that die upon the barricades,God knows it I am with them, in some things.


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Oscar Wilde
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8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall
Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde, Classics, Literature, Fiction, Plays, Poems, Prose, Essays, Journalism, Fine Binding, Art, Criticism, Theatre, Gay, Lesbian, Victorian, Fin De Siècle, Aestheticism, Dorian Gray, Importance of Being Earnest, Bunburyin
8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall

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First Edition
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