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De Profundis

By Wilde, Oscar




Oscar Wilde wrote this while in prison to his friend and lover Lord Alfred Douglas. This love letter is a profound look into the personal life of Oscar. Please Note: This book has been reformatted to be easy to read in true text, not scanned images that can sometimes be difficult to decipher. The Microsoft eBook has a contents page linked to the chapter headings for easy navigation. The Adobe eBook has bookmarks at chapter headings and is printable up to two full copies per year. Both versions are text searchable.


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DE PROFUNDIS

Wilde, Oscar

London: Methuen and Co. 36 Essex Street, Strand, 1905. First edition, 1/200 copies on English hand-made paper. Tall 8vo. 151 pp. The fine John Quinn copy, with his bookplate on the front pastedown. De Profundis is an extended letter, written by Wilde during his incarceration in Reading Gaol, to Lord Alfred Douglas. After his release, Wilde gave the manuscript to journalist Robert Ross, another former lover, who edited portions for a first publication in 1905 (the complete version remained unpublished until the 1960s). The letter recounts Wilde's years with Douglas and elements of their relationship and traces his spiritual growth. Ross's preface to this work quotes Wilde's summation of "De Profundis": "I don't defend my conduct. I explain it ... I know that on the day of my release I will merely be moving from one prison to another, and there are times when the whole world seems to be no larger than my cell, and as full of terror for me. Still at the beginning I believe that God made a world for each separate man, and, within that world, which is within us, one should seek to live." Mason 389. Spine of the slipcase sunned to a rich brown (a little rubbed), but a fine copy of the limited issue of the first edition of Wilde's important statement. Original gilt-stamped decorated white buckram, top edge gilt, others untrimmed. Housed in a custom purple quarter-crushed morocco and cloth slipcase with chemise, gilt spine title. (9771).

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DE PROFUNDIS.

WILDE Oscar

Milano, Edizioni della Chimera, 1945. In-8 gr., legatura edit. in p. pergamena, pp. 114,(4), titolo e iniziale in blu. Brano da una lettera (nella lingua originale inglese) scritta dal poeta al suo amico Lord Alfred Douglas nell'anno 1897 e intitolata "Epistola in carcere et vinculis". Cfr. Cat. Mardersteig,73. La stampa è stata eseguita a cura di Giovanni Mardersteig col torchio della Officina Bodoni di Verona, per conto delle Edizioni Chimera, in tiratura di 125 esempl. numerati. Il ns., 56, fa parte della tiratura di 121 su carta a tino di Fabriano. In ottimo stato.

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De Profundis (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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De Profundis

Wilde, Oscar

London: Methuen & Co, 1905. First Edition. Very Good. First edition, first printing. Publisher's blue cloth binding decorated in gilt. Very Good. Light rubbing to cloth at extremities and darkened at spine, light bowing to boards. Pages foxed heaviest at prelims and terminals. A lovely copy, with adverts at rear dated February, 1905.

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de Profundis - La Balada de La Carcel de Reading (Spanish Edition)

Oscar Wilde

Biblioteca Nueva, 2000-06-01. Paperback. Good.

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De Profundis

Oscar Wilde

London: Methuen and Co., 1908 Issued with Additional Matter. One of 1000 copies printed on handmade paper for the United Kingdom and America.. Hardcover. Good/No Jacket.

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De Profundis

WILDE, Oscar

New York: Philosophical Library, 1949. Very Good/Very Good. First complete edition. Edited with an introduction by Vyvyan Holland. Foxing to the foredge and endpapers, a sound, very good copy in a modestly spotted and age-toned, about very good dustwrapper. James Jones's copy with his ownership and address stamp in Marshall, Iowa.

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De Profundis

Wilde, Oscar

London: Methuen and Co, 1905. First Edition. 8vo; 151pp; + 40 page Methuen catalogue dated March 1905; original blue gilt-stamped cloth designed by Charles Ricketts, title and author above circle of bars through which a bird flies, spine edges rubbed, spotting to rear cover, and front edges, inscribed on front free endpaper by English author William Newbold to his friend Leon Belugou, French man of letters and editor of "Mercure de France," a good+ copy. Mason 388.

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Oscar Wilde

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De Profundis

Wilde, Oscar

London: Methuen and Co., 1905. Wilde's last prose work, written while imprisoned in Reading Gaol and published five years after his death. This is a Very Good copy of the First Edition. Dark blue cloth binding; ruled and titled in gilt, with a decorative bird escaping a cage on the front cover. Clean text; ix, starting with page eleven continues to 151. With a forty-page publisher's catalogue in the rear; dated February 1905, indicating the first issue. The Preface is by Robert Ross (1869-1918), his fast friend, former lover, and literary executor. Ross quotes Wilde saying "...on the day of my release I shall be merely passing from one prison to another, and there are times when the whole world seems to me no larger than my cell...." Rubbed at the margins, showing a bit more wear at the head and foot of the spine; endpapers and ends of the pages are tanned. No dustwrapper; in an archival plastic protector.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

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De Profundis

Wilde, Oscar

G. P. Putnam's Sons, NY, 1905. 1st edition. hardcover. Fine. "Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) was an Irish writer and poet who distinguished himself as a leader of London's School of Aesthetics in the late nineteenth century. He became famous for his long hair, flamboyant dress, green carnations and colorful, biting wit. His successful novels, social comedies, poetry and letters reflected his belief in the supremacy of art. In 1895, Wilde was convicted of gross indecency in a legal suit from the father of his lover, Lord Alfred Douglas. He was imprisoned for two years, serving hard labor, during which time he wrote 'De Profundis': a letter to Douglas discussing their relationship and the spiritual journey that Wilde had undergone in prison. The eighty page manuscript begins by examining Lord Alfred's behavior and negative influence on Wilde during their three-year relationship; the second part of the letter describes the harsh conditions of prison and the physical and emotional toll it took on the writer. He finishes the letter with a Christian analogy of himself as a symbol of art and truth." [Pub. Info] Wilde's apologia pro vita sua. There is some fading on the spine but writing is still clear. 1ST US EDITION, 2ND PRINTING.

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De Profundis.

WILDE, Oscar.

Methuen, London., 1905. First edition. Octavo. 151 pages. The gilt design on the front cover is by Charles Ricketts. Top edge gilt. Five page Preface by Robert Ross. The forty-page publishers' catalogue at the rear is dated March 1905 which people used to believe indicated a first issue, but February catalogues have also been spotted.Contemporary (1905) ownership signature on front free endpaper. Endpapers a bit spotted. Head and tail of spine slightly rubbed. Very good.

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De Profundis

Wilde, Oscar

New York and London: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1905. The book-length letter written by Wilde during his imprisonment in Reading Gaol to "Bosie" (Lord Alfred Doulas). Preface by Robert Ross. Frontispiece from J.E. Kelly's 1882 etching. Leather and marbled papered covers with gilt rules and titles. Five hubs on spine. T.E.G. 123 pp. Corners bumped with some loss. Previous owner's bookplate. Mild rubbing and soiling to boards. Tightly bound.. First American Edition. Three-Quarter Leather & Paper. Very Good +/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall.

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De Profundis

Wilde, Oscar

London: Methuen and Co., nd (1905). Blue cloth. Multiple small bumps on cover tops, top fore corner bumped, spine ends rubbed, small stains on rear cover, pencil notes on endpaper and endpaper verso, endpaper foxing, small catalog clipping pasted to endpaper: VG- to VG/no dj. 8vo. First printing of 1st edition: Mason #388

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De Profundis

Oscar Wilde

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De Profundis

Wilde, Oscar

London: Methuen, 1905. Hardcover. First edition, first printing. No dust jacket. Foreword by Robert Ross. Catalogue at rear dated 1905. Worn and lightly foxed boards with one or two small bumps. Spine is worn and rubbed. Spine ends are bumped. Leading corners are worn, bumped and split. Pages are rough-cut. Foxed page block. Considerable foxing at front and rear. Hinges are cracked but binding appears intact. Text is clear throughout. AF. Hardcover. Acceptable. Used.

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de Profundis

Oscar Wilde

20140329. Good. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. May be ex-library. Shipping & Handling by region. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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De Profundis.

WILDE, Oscar.:

Methuen and Co. 36 Essex Street, Strand. 1905. . First edition, first issue. 8vo. ( 198mm. ) Pp. [4] vi - ix [2] 12 - 151 [1] blank, [2] 3 - 40 publisher's catalogue dated February 1905. Including a half-title Uncut. Teg. Contents very occasionally lightly spotted otherwise clean. Publisher's blue cloth backed boards, rubbed and lightly soiled , the spine lettered in gilt badly faded, the upper cover below the gilt title and the author's name is a gilt design by Charles Ricketts representing a bird escaping through prison bars. Mason notes the publisher's catalogue after the text as dated March 1905, in this copy the catalogue is dated February 1905 , the same month as publication. Overall a near very good copy. De Profundis (Latin: " from the depths ") is Oscar Wilde's famous letter written during his imprisonment, in Reading Gaol, for gross indecency, to " Bosie" ( Lord Alfred Douglas ).The letter was written between January and March 1897, close to the end of his imprisonment. Mason 388

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DE PROFUNDIS (A FACSIMILIE)

WILDE OSCAR:

LONDON, THE BRITISH LIBRARY, 2000. LIMITED EDITION FACSIMILIE, NUMBER 142 OF 495 COPIES. INTRODUCTION BY MERLIN HOLLAND. QUARTO, BLUE CLOTH, FINE COPY WITH ORIGINAL PACKING.

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De Profundis (LARGE PRINT EDITION)

Oscar Wilde

2011-02-01. Good. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. May be ex-library. Shipping & Handling by region. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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De Profundis (with supplementary 4 letters)

Wilde, Oscar

C. C. Brainard, 1909. Hardcover. Very Good. Originally the German version (Max Meyerfeld preface,1905) translated into English by Henry Zick. In 1905 Robie Ross published Wilde's letter to him with the title "De Profundis", expurgating all references to the Queensberry family. This edition would go through eight printings in next three years, including de luxe editions. A second, slightly expanded, version of De Profundis appeared in the edition of Collected Works of Wilde published by Ross between 1908 and 1922. Also included were four other significant letters Wilde wrote from Reading Prison which are published in this edition for the first time. Also found is Soul of Man Under Socialism and the obscure, rarely printed essay Of Him Who Died at No. 13. Book is VG, red covers with some rubbing along edges, unnumbered copy from 1/1000 subscription copies. Attractive deluxe edition tp, 3 illustrations. From the Works of Oscar Wilde. Loosely inserted: TLS reprint article from 1905 of review by E. V. Lucas.

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De Profundis

Wilde, Oscar

New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1905 Blue cloth spine , grey paper covered boards, paper spine label, t.e.g. light edge wear, wear to tips, previous owner's name written on fep.

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DE PROFUNDIS

Wilde, Oscar

LONDON: METHUEN & CO. LIGHT WEAR TO EXTREMITIES, OW VG.. 1905.

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De profundis

Oscar Wilde

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De Profundis

Wilde, Oscar

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De Profundis

Wilde, Oscar

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Wilde, Oscar

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Wilde, Oscar

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de Profundis

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De Profundis

Wilde, Oscar

London: Methuen & Co., 1938. Fountain Library edition. Includes loose letter signed by Storm Jameson. Cocked, spine sprung and lightly sunned, endpapers lightly browned, ink inscrip. to f-fep, the odd pencil underlining within, else pp clean and tidy.. Cloth. Good Minus/No Jacket. 12mo.

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Oscar Wilde

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de profundis

OSCAR WILDE

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De Profundis (French Edition)

Oscar Wilde

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de Profundis - Primary Source Edition (German Edition)

Oscar Wilde

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de Profundis - Primary Source Edition (German Edition)

Oscar Wilde

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Oscar Wilde

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De profundis (Spanish Edition)

Oscar Wilde

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De Profundis

Oscar Wilde

Antique. Gilt top edges; rough cut side and bottom edges. Ads dated February, not March. Foxing. Oscar Wilde's famous rebuke to his ex-lover Lord Alfred Douglas. Five page Preface by Robbie Ross, Wilde's literary executor. No longer available as a thrift item from Dover Publications.

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De profundis

Oscar Wilde

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De profundis (Latin Edition)

Oscar Wilde

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Oscar Wilde

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Oscar Wilde

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Oscar Wilde

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