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The Ballad of Reading Gaol. By C.3.3.

WILDE, Oscar]

Published by London: Leonard Smithers, 1898 (1898)

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Item Description: London: Leonard Smithers, 1898, 1898. Octavo. Original vellum-backed mustard cloth, titles to spine gilt, top edge gilt others untrimmed. Housed in a red quarter morocco solander box made by The Chelsea Bindery. Vellum spine a little dusty, cloth a touch thumbed but an excellent copy. First edition, first impression, limited issue, one of 30 numbered copies printed on japon. On the verso of the title page is a hand written, 16-line poem titled "In Memoriam Oscar Wilde" and signed George Ives. The verses allude to those who had betrayed Wilde and ends "Some day on history's page / Shall his mournful fate be told / Young eyes in a better age / Shall weep at this tale of old". Ives was a minor poet and founder of the Order of Chaeronea, a secret society for homosexuals. He was to be one of the very few of Wilde's friends who visited him during his imprisonment. Bookseller Inventory # 35071

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The Ballad of Reading Gaol

Wilde, Oscar

Published by Leonard Smithers (1898)

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Item Description: Leonard Smithers, 1898. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. SIGNED/LIMITED EDITION. This edition is limited to 99 numbered copies SIGNED by Oscar Wilde. The book is in nice condition. The binding is tight, and the boards are crisp with some wear to the panels. The pages are clean with no writing marks of bookplates in the book. Overall, an attractive copy SIGNED by the author. We buy Oscar Wilde First Editions. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # ABE-7218978449

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The Ballad of Reading Gaol.

Wilde, Oscar.

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Item Description: 1898. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Limited Edition. The Ballad of Reading Gaol. London: Leonard Smithers, 1898. First Edition Thus, one of 99 copies Signed by the Author (copy 49). Original white linen backed purple cloth with design in gilt on upper cover by Charles Ricketts, collector's light brown cloth slipcase. A very good copy. The elimination of self had its apogee in The Ballad of Reading Gaol. Its theme was the man hanged in Reading while Wilde was there, Charles Thomas Wooldridge (1866-1897), trooper of the Royal Horse Guards, who had murdered his wife.With high dramatic sense Wilde turned the sufferings of all the other convicts into a subordinate but supportive chorus. The poem made no denial of guilt, although its hanged prisoner ultimately suffered more than the rest, and embodied their agonies more intensely.' (Owen Dudley Edwards, Oxford DNB). Wilde first suggested this edition in a letter to his publisher dated 18 February 1898: '.why not print some copies on some special paper - not Japanese; that you have done. I want to distribute about ten copies in Paris, and don't like to give second editions to people ' (Complete Letters, p.1018). A week later, on 25 February 1898, Wilde asked Smithers to '.see about. the Author's Edition with a cover by Ricketts - a new colour and a remarque in gold' (Complete Letters, p.1025). The edition was sold at 10s.6d. and this led Wilde to complain: 'I think 10/6 for copies signed by the author too little. My signature should be worth more than Japanese paper. Think of this point.' (Complete Letters, p.1031). The signed leaves were returned to Smithers at the beginning of March 1898. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 46407

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The Ballad of Reading Gaol.

Wilde, Oscar. C.3.3.

Published by Leonard Smithers., London. (1899)

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Item Description: Leonard Smithers., London., 1899. Book Condition: Rare unopened Copy. (Wilde, Oscar). C.3.3. The Ballad of Reading Gaol. p.p.31. Original quarter vellum, mustard boards. Bookplate of Christopher Sclater Millard, who, under his pseudonym Stuart Mason wrote the renowned bibliography of Oscar Wilde. Under the book plate the original signature of Oscar Wilde has been tipped in. This is a rare unopened copy with a superb provenance, much enhanced by Wilde’s signature of possibly, his most famous work. Signed Association Copy. Bookseller Inventory # 592_13

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The Ballad of Reading Gaol

Wilde, Oscar; Schlichter, Rudolf (illus.)

Published by O. C. Recht [1923], Munich (1923)

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Item Description: O. C. Recht [1923], Munich, 1923. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Limited Edition. Full vellum, gilt-stamped lettering in brown morocco spine label; with 60 engravings by Rudolf Schlichter, each one signed by the artist. Fine, in slipcase. Rudolf Schlichter was one of the most important figures of the Neue Sachlichkeit (New Objectivity) movement, a prolific illustrator, and participant in Dada exhibitions. His work was seized by the Nazis as "degenerate art," and largely unseen for decades. He began exhibiting again at the war's end. Bookseller Inventory # D4433

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The Ballad of Reading Gaol. By "C.3.3."

Wilde, Oscar.

Published by Leonard Smithers,, London: (1898)

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Item Description: Leonard Smithers,, London:, 1898. Yellow boards with white cloth spine. A fine copy. "Ed. Edmonds / 15. Febry. 1898" signature on first blank page. First edition, one of 800 copies on handmade paper. First edition, one of 800 copies on handmade paper. Bookseller Inventory # 28830

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The Ballad of Reading Gaol. By C.3.3.

WILDE, Oscar]

Published by Brentano's, New York (1898)

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Item Description: Brentano's, New York, 1898. 39 pp. 12mo, publisher's olive cloth decorated in colors; preserved in a custom quarter morocco folding box. First US edition, first printing. Horodisch, pp. 72-75. Cloth lightly rubbed at edges, joints and corners; 1899 private library book label on pastedown; but an attractive, tight and sound copy. Bookseller Inventory # 59504

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BALLAD OF READING GAOL BY C.3.3.

Wilde Oscar]

Published by London Leonard Smithers 1898 (1898)

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Item Description: London Leonard Smithers 1898, 1898. First edition, one of 800 copies printed on handmade paper. 8vo, publisher's original quarter buff cloth over mustard coloured cloth covered boards, the spine lettered in gilt [8] pp. plus 31 numbered leaves, printed and paginated on the recto only. A fine copy, only a hint of mellowing to the buff cloth. THE FIRST EDITION, LIMITED TO 800 COPIES ON FINE, HANDMADE PAPER. Inspired by his experiences while in prison and written while in exile in France, THE BALLAD OF READING GAOL was Wilde's last artistic gasp. Because of his sobering position at the time, the poem is free from a great deal of the affectation that colored his earlier work. "Had [it] been written a hundred years ago, it would have been printed as a broadside and sold in the streets by the balladmongers; it is so common as that, and so great as that" (Jackson, The Eighteen-Nineties, p. 99). ".He did not wring his hands, as do Those witless men who dare To try to rear the changeling Hope In the cave of black Despair: He only looked upon the sun, And drank the morning sun. He did not wring his hands nor weep, Nor did he peek or pine, But he drank the air as though it held Some healthful anodyne; With open mouth he drank the sun As though it had been wine!.". Bookseller Inventory # 25237

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The Ballad of Reading Gaol

Wilde, Oscar

Published by London: Leonard Smithers (1898)

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Item Description: London: Leonard Smithers, 1898. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. First Edition. First edition. One of 800 copies on handmade paper, and there were also 30 copies on Japanese vellum. Bound original publisher's two-tone cloth with light rubbing and soiling, a few small stains, and a small pencil ownership signature to front endpaper. Overall, a very good or better copy. Mason 371. Bookseller Inventory # OW006

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The Ballad of Reading Gaol.

Wilde, Oscar

Published by London: (1898)

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Item Description: London:, 1898. Original White Cloth Gilt, Book Condition: Good. First Edition. 8vo. One of 800 copies on handmade paper. White lined-backed cinnamon cloth in a later cloth slipcase. Binding lightly soiled. (Mason 371). Bookseller Inventory # 882015

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The Ballad of Reading Gaol

C. 3. 3. [Wilde, Oscar]

Published by Leonard Smithers, London (1897)

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Item Description: Leonard Smithers, London, 1897. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. First Edition. Original cloth. From an edition of 800 copies. Bookseller Inventory # D1083

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The Ballad of Reading Gaol

Wilde, Oscar (C.3.3.)

Published by Leonard Smithers, London (1898)

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Item Description: Leonard Smithers, London, 1898. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. First Edition. 31pp A very good copy in mustard and white cloth boards. Bookplate of Clement K Shorter, literary critic, author. Size: Octavo. Bookseller Inventory # 34956

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The Ballad of Reading Gaol

WILDE, Oscar.

Published by Leonard Smithers London (1898)

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Item Description: Leonard Smithers London, 1898. First Trade Edition, 8vo., original linen-backed cinnamon cloth, edges uncut, boards and spine slightly soiled, small marks to upper cover, a very good copy. Bookseller Inventory # 88451

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The Ballad of Reading Gaol

Wilde, Oscar

Published by Carpathian Press, Berkshire, England (1999)

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Item Description: Carpathian Press, Berkshire, England, 1999. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Limited Edition. Small quarto in full morocco bound by Anthony Wessely, from an edition of 125, this being #1 of twenty-five. Printed by Andrew Dolinski at the Carpathian Press on mould-made papers, illustrated in 6 full-page wood engravings by Forster depicting 'the macabre ritual of a judicial hanging'. All housed in a fine green cloth slipcase. A rare modern press book as 'only five copies from the entire edition of 125 are recorded in institutions'. ; 4to 11" - 13" tall; 103pp pages. Bookseller Inventory # 20253

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The Ballad of Reading Gaol

Wilde, Oscar (C.3.3)

Published by Leonard Smithers, London (1898)

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Item Description: Leonard Smithers, London, 1898. Cream Cloth. Book Condition: Good. No Jacket. First Edition. 31pp. First edition. One of eight hundred copies, which have been printed on hand-made paper. A scarce first edition of Oscar Wilde's famous gaol work where he used the pseudonym C.3.3.Original publisher's quarter cream cloth over brown cloth covered boards. The cream cloth is sunned, soiled and stained - the gilt title to the spine is faint and only just legible. The brown cloth has faired a lot better - all four corners are a little turned in and the rear board carries a vertical crease with light associated damage to the rear paste-down. There are open splits to the inner hinge between several gatherings - though all gatherings are holding reasonably firmly. The pages are relatively free from foxing but there is some finger soiling to the pages - nothing heavy so the pages given a light clean could be improved further. A good copy of a scarce sought after first edition in its original publisher's cloth. Shipping from the UK. Bookseller Inventory # 228143

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The Ballad of Reading Gaol

Wilde, Oscar

Published by Macy/Masius: Vanguard, New York (1928)

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Item Description: Macy/Masius: Vanguard, New York, 1928. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Lynd Ward (illustrator). 1st. Near fine in worn, chipped dust jacket null Scarce, one of 2000 copies. In original thin wood veneer binding. Pictorial jacket has chips to mid spine and spine ends, a few shallow chips at edges. Very scarce jacket. Bookseller Inventory # BOOKS005552I

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The Ballad Of Reading Gaol

WILDE OSCAR

Published by East Aurora N.Y.: Roycrofters, 1905 (1905)

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Item Description: East Aurora N.Y.: Roycrofters, 1905, 1905. Leather. Very Good Minus. 1 of 100 copies printed on Japan Vellum and signed by Elbert Hubbard,marbled boards and endpapers,1/2 turquoise marbled boards top edge gilt,raised bands gilt decorations spine devices,nice copy,scarce title. Binding is worn at tips and extremities, front board shows sun fading , as does the endpapers. Bookseller Inventory # 009267

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The Ballad of Reading Gaol

C. 3. 3. (Oscar Wilde)

Published by Leonard Smithers, London (1898)

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Item Description: Leonard Smithers, London, 1898. Book Condition: Very Good. Fourth Edition Stated. Cream linen spine and cinnamon cloth boards with gilt titling to spine a bit worn. 31pages with printing to rectos (front side of each page) only. Deckled fore-edges. Endpapers partially age-toned. Cloth is just slightly soiled. A very attractive copy. This is the fourth of the first six printings (approximately 6000 copies) are the only ones that do not acknowledge Oscar Wilde as the author but used his cell number C.3.3. as the authorial designation. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 002409

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The Ballad of Reading Gaol.

WILDE, Oscar.

Published by Dutton, New York (1930)

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Item Description: Dutton, New York, 1930. hardcover. Book Condition: fine. Black and white frontispiece, numerous illustrations by John Vassos. 124pp., slim 8vo, handsomely rebound in 3/4 grey crushed morocco, marbled boards, t.e.g. New York: Dutton, 1930. A fine copy. Bookseller Inventory # 242123

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The ballad of reading gaol

WILDE (Oscar)]

Published by Leonard Smithers, Londres (1898)

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Item Description: Leonard Smithers, Londres, 1898. Couverture rigide. Book Condition: Satisfaisant. in-4. in-4, (4), 31, (1)ff., demi-vélin avec des plats moutardes, dos lisse avec titre en lettres dorées, tranches mouchetées, Peu courante seconde édition de cette célèbre ballade, écrite par Wilde à sa sortie de Reading où il fut incarcéré deux ans pour homosexualité. Véritable succès littéraire, ce poème ne connut pas moins de 7 éditions en un an. Afin de se couvrir d'un certain anonymat, Wilde signe sa ballade des initiales énigmatiques : "C.3.3". Bon exemplaire, propre, dans sa reliure d'origine. Bookseller Inventory # 55827

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The Ballad of Reading Gaol by C. 3. 3

WILDE, OSCAR

Published by New York Benj. R. Tucker 1899 (1899)

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Item Description: New York Benj. R. Tucker 1899, 1899. First American Edition. Three pirated editions of WildeÕs classic poem were issued in America in 1899, the Tucker edition. precedes the other two and is the True First American Edition. Issued in paper wrappers and cloth, this copy is the rare hardbound state. Gilt-stamped blue cloth with white cloth spine. Small oval bookstore logo in the lower right hand corner of the front pastedown. Very minor wear very good plus to near fine copy of a very difficult book to obtain. Bookseller Inventory # 14241J

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The Ballad of Reading Gaol. By C.3.3.

WILDE, OSCAR.

Published by New York: Benj. R. Tucker, 1899. (1899)

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Item Description: New York: Benj. R. Tucker, 1899., 1899. First American edition, unauthorized. Three American editions of The Ballad of Reading Gaol appeared in 1899, and this one, which preceded the other two, was apparently pirated. Benjamin Tucker was a colorful and interesting publisher of small literary periodicals, with a special emphasis on contemporary European literature. 12mo, original beige wrappers, 44 pages. This edition was set from the second English edition published by Leonard Smithers, for it contains the changes in that text as noted by Mason. See Mason 373 for that edition. This American edition is not noted in Mason, who does not describe any American edition of The Ballad of Reading Gaol. Wrappers a little worn and soiled; very good copy. Bookseller Inventory # 20737

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THE BALLAD OF READING GAOL. .Done into a Book by the Roycrofters in their shop. .

Wilde, Oscar

Published by The Roycrofters: East Aurora, NY (1905)

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Item Description: The Roycrofters: East Aurora, NY, 1905. 7.5 x 5.75", 3/4 leather; boards, teg, unpaginated, covers well worn, spine ends chipping, extremities bumped & worn, hinges loose, covers spotted, former owner's bookplate (with shadow opposite), still contents good. LIMITED TO 100 NUMBERED COPIES PRINTED ON JAPAN VELLUM, SIGNED BY ELBERT HUBBARD. Bookseller Inventory # 98-4612

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The Ballad of Reading Gaol.

Wilde, Oscar.

Published by Castle Press., London. (1948)

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Item Description: Castle Press., London., 1948. Book Condition: V.g. p.p. 63. Disturbing illustrations by Arthur Wragg. Glassine protected pictorial D.J. Bookseller Inventory # 710_11

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The Ballad of Reading Gaol. By C.3.3.

WILDE, Oscar.)

Published by New York: Benj. R. Tucker, 1899. (1899)

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Item Description: New York: Benj. R. Tucker, 1899., 1899. Early U.S. edition. 8vo., orig. cream cloth spine, blue cloth boards, (4),44pp. Spine soiled and somewhat darkened o/w a very nice, unworn copy. Theearliest U.S. issue of this title according to NUC is an 1898 edition published by Brentanno. We have been unable to ascertain the position of thisedition which was a piracy and was also issued in wrappers. Not in Mason. Scarce. Bookseller Inventory # 26152

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The Ballad of Reading Gaol

Wilde, Oscar / Bryan Forbes

Published by Carpathian, Surrey (1999)

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Item Description: Carpathian, Surrey, 1999. Leather Spine Cloth Boards. Book Condition: Fine in Slipcase. Dust Jacket Condition: No Dustwrapper. Peter Forster (illustrator). Signed Numbered Limited Edition. Small 4to. Number 6 of an edition limited to only 100 copies (there were a further 25 copies bound in full morocco) each signed by Peter Forster whose engravings are used for the book Bryan Forbes who wrote the Introduction. Top edge gilt. Printed on mould-made paper.Bound with a green morocco spine and green cloth covered boards, in a matching slipcase. pp 103. An excellent copy of this a fine production., Bookseller Inventory # 022459

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The Ballad of Reading Gaol

Wilde, Oscar & John Vassos

Published by E.P. Dutton & Co., Inc., New York (1928)

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Item Description: E.P. Dutton & Co., Inc., New York, 1928. Hardcover. John Vassos (illustrator). Limited edition. SIGNED. 124pp. Small quarto [24 cm] Blue cloth with a gilt stamped titles on the spine and front cover. Top edge gilt. Good. Large areas of the spine and covers are heavily faded. The extremites are gently bumped and rubbed. Minor spine roll. The endsheets are age-toned. The text block is cracked four times. The pages are browned. Portions of the original dust jacket have been laid in. Number 174 of 200. Includes sixteen black and white illustrations by John Vassos. Signed by John Vassos on the limitation page. Vassos was a 1930's book illustrator and long-term industrial designer. Bookseller Inventory # 33852

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The Ballad of Reading Gaol. By C.3.3.

WILDE, Oscar].

Published by London: Leonard Smithers (1898)

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Item Description: London: Leonard Smithers, 1898. Sixth edition, one of 1,000 copies, 8vo, (iv), 31 leaves, printed on one side only. Endpapers browned. Original two-tone cloth, spine browned, some marks. Mason 377. The last edition to appear without Wilde’s name on the title page. Bookseller Inventory # 11114

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The Ballad of Reading Gaol. By C.3.3. Second edition.

WILDE, OSCAR:

Published by Leonard Smithers. 1898 2nd edition (1898)

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Item Description: Leonard Smithers. 1898 2nd edition, 1898. In beige cloth covers with gilt to white spine. 31pp. In very good condition. Spine slightly darkened. Handling marks. Corners slightly bumped. Slight browning to endpapers. A couple of pages unopened/uncut. Else a clean and tight copy. Second edition of Wilde’s famous poem. Bookseller Inventory # 70297

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The Ballad of Reading Gaol

Wilde, Oscar. C.3.3.

Published by London, Leonard Smithers, (1898)

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Item Description: London, Leonard Smithers, 1898. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 2nd Edition. 2nd Edition. 8vo. Two colour cloth, edges untrimmed. Some age soiling to cover. Blank library card colder on front pastedown. Ink stamp of St Augustine's Abbey, Ramsgate on title page. All pages in excellent clean and bright order throughout. This book written following Wilde's release from cell C.3.3 later perhaps read by others in their monastic cells. A book with a noteworthy shelf life. Bookseller Inventory # 93353

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