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SALOME A TRAGEDY IN ONE ACT: TRANSLATED FROM THE FRENCH ... by  Oscar Wilde - Hardcover - 1894 - from William Reese Company - Literature ABAA-ILAB and


by Wilde, Oscar

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London & Boston: Elkin Mathews & John Lane / Copeland & Day, 1894. [10],66,[2],15,[2]pp. Small quarto (23 x 18 cm). Medium olive greenish brown silk over boards, with gilt decorations on upper and lower boards and spine lettered in gilt. Frontispiece, and 12 illustrations. Some tanning at gutters, boards toned, very slightly shaken, otherwise near fine in purple half morocco slipcase. First edition in English, large paper issue. One of a total of 125 copies printed on large Japan vellum, in addition to the ordinary issue of 750 copies on wove paper. The translation from Wilde's French is by Alfred Douglas, although revised by Wilde and others. Beardsley's illustrations have elevated this work to an almost iconic status among the books of the 1890s. This issue on large, Japan vellum is quite uncommon. LASNER 59. MASON/MILLARD 351. GALLATIN, PP.46-9. NELSON, p.288. RAY, THE ILLUSTRATOR AND THE BOOK IN ENGLAND, 315.


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