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WILDE, Oscar.

Published by London, Leonard Smithers, 1898. (1898)

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About this Item: London, Leonard Smithers, 1898., 1898. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. 3rd Edition. Third edition (so stated). 8vo. Half white over purple linen, gilt stamped spine, upper cover with gilt stamped floral design by Charles Ricketts, uncut. Very good-fine. 31 pages. Enclosed in a 1/2 brown morocco slipcase with folding chemise. Number 69 of 99 copies, printed March 4, 1898, signed by Wilde in black ink on limitation page, with characteristic paraph to the final "e." Mason #374. Bookplate of Chauncey Lawrence Williams on the front free endpaper and a signed pencil notation by Paul Lemperly noting he received the book from Williams. Williams (1872-1924), former member of Way and Williams, publishers and the F.W. Dodge Corp. With his memorial booklet laid in loose. Lemperly (1858-1939), noted American book collector. Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # 303630

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Wilde, Oscar

Published by Leonard Smithers (1898)

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About this Item: Leonard Smithers, 1898. Hardcover. 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). Seller Inventory # ABE-7218978449

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The Ballad of Reading Gaol. By C.3.3: Wilde, Oscar]

Wilde, Oscar]

Published by London (1898)

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About this Item: London, 1898. 1 vols. 8vo. First edition, ONE OF 30 COPIES on Japanese vellum. 1 vols. 8vo. One of 30 Copies of the Rare First. First edition of Wilde's legendary poem, written while he was in jail, in its rarest state - being one of only 30 copies printed on Japanese vellum.This copy comes from the distinguished library of the actress LENA ASHWELL (1872-1957), who as a young actress toured in Wilde's Lady Windermere's Fan in 1891, later becoming actor-manager of the Savoy Theatre. According to her biographer, Margaret Leask (Lena Ashwell: Actress, Patriot, Pioneer. Univ. of Hertfordshire Press, 2012), Ashwell was particularly troubled by the news of Wilde's arrest, and wrote later: "? the atmosphere of London was horrible and cruel. His plays were so very brilliant, and I had seen this when I was in Ladt Windermere's, so I felt that he was a friend and in desperate trouble." Later, during WWI, she is known to have pioneered the organization of entertainments on a large scale for the British troops in France.An excellent association copy of an essential Wilde rarity. Mason 372 Cinnamon-colored cloth, vellum spine. Covers show slight insect damage and minor soiling, spine a bit soiled, otherwise a very good copy in a quarter blue morocco slipcase with chemise and with the bookplate and signature of actress LENA ASHWELL on the front pastedown First edition, ONE OF 30 COPIES on Japanese vellum. Seller Inventory # 259158

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The Ballad of Reading Gaol. By C.3.3.: WILDE, Oscar.]

WILDE, Oscar.]

Published by London: Leonard Smithers, 1898 (1898)

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About this Item: 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 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", 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. Hayward 312. Seller Inventory # 118731

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The Ballad of Reading Gaol. London: Leonard: Wilde, Oscar.

Wilde, Oscar.

Published by Leonard Smithers (1898)

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About this Item: Leonard Smithers, 1898. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Limited Edition. 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). Seller Inventory # 46407

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WILDE, OSCAR

Published by Leonard Smithers, London (1898)

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About this Item: Leonard Smithers, London, 1898. 230 x 145 mm. (9 x 5 3/4"). 4 p.l., 31 leaves. Third Edition. No. 89 OF 99 COPIES, SIGNED BY WILDE. Original linen (ivory-colored backstrip, plum-colored sides), gilt titling on flat spine, gilt vignette after Charles Ricketts on upper cover, top edge rough trimmed, other edges untrimmed. Housed in a later, fleece-lined burgundy silk clamshell box with vellum spine label. Mason 374. Spine faintly and uniformly sunned (with three tiny dark flecks), vague mottling to lower cover on ivory linen, little signs of use to corners and edges, two dots of glue residue (from previously affixed paper description) on blank recto of limitations leaf (with slight show-through on the verso), light freckled foxing to endpapers, but each of these defects minor, and, all in all, a very pleasing copy--with unworn joints and very clean text--of a book difficult to find in better condition. Dubbed by Wilde the "Author's Edition" and appearing just two months after initial publication, this signed, strictly limited edition of "The Ballad of Reading Gaol" is the first printing of the work to acknowledge the author's real name. On our title page, the author is called "C. 3. 3." (a reference to his prisoner's number), just as he had been previously. But with the appearance of his signature on the limitation page, the author reveals his actual identity to the public for the first time in a printed edition. (Wilde's name would not actually be printed on copies of "Reading Gaol" until the seventh edition.) Our version is particularly sought after because of its signature and because of its small limitation. Dubbed by Wilde the "Author's Edition" and appearing just two months after initial publication, this signed, strictly limited edition of "The Ballad of Reading Gaol" is the first printing of the work to acknowledge the author's real name. On our title page, the author is called "C. 3. 3." (a reference to his prisoner's number), just as he had been previously. But with the appearance of his signature on the limitation page, the author reveals his actual identity to the public for the first time in a printed edition. (Wilde's name would not actually be printed on copies of "Reading Gaol" until the seventh edition.) Our version is particularly sought after because of its signature and because of its small limitation. Third Edition. No. 89 OF 99 COPIES, SIGNED BY WILDE. Seller Inventory # ST12854

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CAMUS, Albert). WILDE, Oscar

Published by Falaize, (Paris) (1952)

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About this Item: Falaize, (Paris), 1952. Softcover. Condition: Near Fine. No Jacket. First Edition. An out-of-series copy of this bilingual edition of 3000 numbered copies of Wilde's poem, printed here with Camus' "L'Artiste en Prison," which delineates Wilde's journey from themes of ideal beauty to existential suffering. Inscribed by Camus (in French): "to Sylvestre,/ a remembrance of Iguape/ and with the friendly thoughts/ of Albert Camus." While context does not give explanation to the reference to Iguape, one of Camus' last stories, "The Growing Stone" -- the final story in Camus' last collection, Exile and the Kingdom -- is set in Iguape, Brazil. It has been said that this story is the clearest manifestation of Camus' ideals: in it, the protagonist sacrifices himself to help a friend, and behaves morally despite his own understanding of the absurdity of the world. Camus won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1957, the year Exile and the Kingdom was published, and the Prize committee cited his "clear-sighted earnestness [which] illuminates the problems of the human conscience in our times." As best we can tell, this is the first appearance in print of "L'Artiste en Prison," which was translated into English and published in Encounter magazine two years later. A very near fine copy in French wraps. Books inscribed by Camus are uncommon; the author died in 1960 in a car accident, at the age of 46. Seller Inventory # 030104

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Wilde, Oscar; Schlichter, Rudolf (illus.)

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

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About this Item: O. C. Recht [1923], Munich, 1923. Hardcover. 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. Seller Inventory # D4433

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WILDE, Oscar]

Published by Brentano's, New York (1898)

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About this Item: 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. Seller Inventory # 59504

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About this Item: London: The Edinburgh Society 1911, 1911. Literature. 14 volumes, Octavo. LIMITED MAGDALEN EDITION, number 30/480 sets. Frontispiece and other illustrations. Bound in half dark green oasis morocco with cloth sides, gilt rules to spine, raised bands, top edge gilt. Internally clean, exterior unmarked. A fine set in a superb recent leather binding. Seller Inventory # 49079

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Wilde, Oscar].

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About this Item: London: Leonard Smithers, 1898. Slim 8vo, [4]. 31ff. Printed on hand-made paper on one side of the page only. Original quarter white buckram, mustard boards, backstrip lettered in gilt, a good copy slightly soiled and backstrip browned. Quarter blue morocco slipcase. Limited to 800 copies, this controversial poem was written by Wilde under the pseudonym of the number he was given in prison. It includes some of Wilde's most famous lines: "each man kills the thing he loves"; "some love too little, some too long, some sell while others buy"; "every prison that men build is built with bricks of shame". Seller Inventory # 109921

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Wilde, Oscar.

Published by Intro by Burton Rascoe, Heritage Press, nd, c 1/1/1937 (1937)

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About this Item: Intro by Burton Rascoe, Heritage Press, nd, c 1/1/1937, 1937. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. B002JHBT52 unmarked, light shelfwear-NICE. Seller Inventory # B002JHBT52-01

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Wilde, Oscar

Published by Leonard Smithers, London (1898)

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About this Item: Leonard Smithers, London, 1898. Yellow-brown boards with white cloth spine. Usual discoloration to the endpapers, but a fine copy. "Ed. Edmonds / 15. Febry. 1898" signature on first blank page. First edition, one of 800 copies printed on handmade paper. Seller Inventory # 28830

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Wilde, Oscar

Published by London: (1898)

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About this Item: London:, 1898. Original White Cloth Gilt, 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). Seller Inventory # 882015

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WILDE, OSCAR.

Published by London: Leonard Smithers, 1898 (1898)

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About this Item: London: Leonard Smithers, 1898, 1898. First Edition; 800 copies were printed and sold out immediately. A second edition was issued just eleven days later. C.3.3. was the authorÕs cell number. He noted to a publisher that Ò.it would be better to publish there without my name. I see that it is my name that terrifies.Ó Bookplate; some soiling; very good. Seller Inventory # 33416

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Wilde, Oscar] C. 3. 3

Published by Leonard Smithers, London (1898)

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About this Item: Leonard Smithers, London, 1898. Condition: Very Good. First edition. One of 800 copies on handmade Van Gelder paper. A Very Good copy with the spine toned (as usual) and minor soiling to the boards. Decorative bookplate of Clement K. Shorter on the front paste-down. Wilde's later work, based on his two years hard labor at Reading Gaol for "gross indecency." Published under the pseudonym "C. 3. 3." for his cell block because the publisher feared having his name on the work would adversely affect sales. The poem is based on a fellow inmate convicted of murdering his wife and generated one of the great lines from Wilde, "Yet each man kills the thing he loves." Wilde continued to revise his plays until his death in 1900, but said that he had lost the joy of writing and would write no other new works. An excellent copy, housed in a handsome slipcase with chemise. Very Good. Seller Inventory # 1247

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The Ballad of Reading Gaol.(50 num. Exemplaren,dieses: Wilde,Oscar

Wilde,Oscar

Published by Methuen u Co.London (1925)

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About this Item: Methuen u Co.London, 1925. With Woodcuts by Frans Masereel. London, Methuen & Co. 1924 recte: 1925 . Mit 37 (7 ganzseitigen) Originalholzschnitten von Frans Masereel. Kl.-4°. 57 S., 4 Bl. Schöner handgebundener Halblederband mit goldgeprägtem Rückentitel und Blindprägung auf dem Rücken sowie Kopfgoldschnitt. Im Schuber. -Eins von 50 num. Exemplaren der Vorzugsausgabe,(dieses hat die Nr.37). - Auf Bütten gedruckt für Methuen & Co., London, von der Mandruck A. G. in München.-Erste Ausgabe - Ritter 29 I und v. d. Gabelentz C 47 I kennen diese Vorzugsausgabe nicht. - Schönes Exemplar. Seller Inventory # 1023

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Wilde, Oscar

Published by Carpathian Press, Berkshire, England (1999)

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About this Item: Carpathian Press, Berkshire, England, 1999. Hardcover. 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. Seller Inventory # 20253

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The Ballad of Reading Gaol. By C.: Wilde, Oscar.

Wilde, Oscar.

Published by London, Leonard Smithers. (1899)

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About this Item: London, Leonard Smithers., 1899. Sprache: English Later Edition of the First Edition [7th printing of June 1899]. 8°. 31 pages. Original Hardcover (Quarter vellum with mustard boards). Unusually excellent condition with only very minor signs of external wear. Interior also in marvellous condition. Exlbiris / Bookplate of film critic Leonie Graetz (Exlibris was made by the artist Hermann Westphal) to the front pastedown. Very Rare in this condition ! The Ballad of Reading Gaol is a poem by Oscar Wilde, written in exile either in Berneval-le-Grand or in Dieppe, France, after his release from Reading Gaol (pronounced "redding jail") on 19 May 1897. Wilde had been incarcerated in Reading, after being convicted of homosexual offences in 1895 and sentenced to two years' hard labour in prison. During his imprisonment, on Tuesday, 7 July 1896, a hanging took place. Charles Thomas Wooldridge had been a trooper in the Royal Horse Guards. He was convicted of cutting the throat of his wife, Laura Ellen, earlier that year at Clewer, near Windsor. He was aged only 30 when executed. Wilde spent mid-1897 with Robert Ross in Berneval-le-Grand, where he wrote The Ballad of Reading Gaol. The poem narrates the execution of Wooldridge; it moves from an objective story-telling to symbolic identification with the prisoners as a whole. No attempt is made to assess the justice of the laws which convicted them, but rather the poem highlights the brutalisation of the punishment that all convicts share. Wilde juxtaposes the executed man and himself with the line "Yet each man kills the thing he loves". Wilde too was separated from his wife and sons. He adopted the proletarian ballad form, and suggested it be published in Reynold's Magazine, "because it circulates widely among the criminal classes to which I now belong for once I will be read by my peers a new experience for me". The finished poem was published by Leonard Smithers on February 13, 1898 under the name C.3.3., which stood for cell block C, landing 3, cell 3. This ensured that Wilde's name by then notorious did not appear on the poem's front cover. It was not commonly known, until the 7th printing in June 1899, that C.3.3. was actually Wilde. The first edition, of 800 copies, sold out within a week, and Smithers announced that a second edition would be ready within another week; that was printed on February 24th, in 1000 copies, which also sold well. A third edition, of 99 numbered copies "signed by the author" was printed on March 4th, on the same day a fourth edition of 1200 ordinary copies was printed. A fifth edition of a 1000 copies was printed on March 17th, and a sixth edition was printed in 1000 copies on May 21st, 1898. So far the book's title page had identified the author only as C.3.3., although many reviewers, and of course those who bought the numbered and autographed third edition copies, knew that Wilde was the author, but the seventh edition, printed on June 23, 1899 actually revealed the author's identity, putting the name Oscar Wilde, in square brackets, below the C.3.3. It brought him a small income in his remaining lifetime. The poem consists of 109 stanzas of 6 lines, of 8-6-8-6-8-6 syllables, and rhyming a-b-c-b-d-b. Some stanzas incorporate rhymes within some of all of the 8-syllable lines. The whole poem is grouped into 6 untitled sections of 16, 13, 37, 23, 17 & 3 stanzas. A version with only 63 of the stanzas, divided into 4 sections of 15, 7, 22 & 19 stanzas, and allegedly based on the original draft, was included in the posthumous editions of Wilde's poetry edited by Robert Ross, "for the benefit of reciters and their audiences who have found the entire poem too long for declamation". (Wikipedia). Seller Inventory # 28092AB

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C.3.3. [Oscar Wilde]

Published by Brentano's (1898)

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About this Item: Brentano's, 1898. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. First Edition. A very good copy of the undated First U. S. Edition. Bound in yellow decorated cloth with lettering on the spine; 6.25" x 4", 39pp. Some rubbing on the covers. Seller Inventory # 123462

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The Ballad of Reading Gaol: Wilde, Oscar

Wilde, Oscar

Published by The Literary Collector Press, Greenwich, Conn (1905)

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About this Item: The Literary Collector Press, Greenwich, Conn, 1905. Hardcover. Condition: g+ to vg. Third edition. 5/25. Sextodecimo. Unpaginated. Original gray boards with black lettering with red ruling on printed labels on cover and spine. Publisher's device on title page, print in red and black. Decorative head pieces. Collectors Reprints No. 3. Of this reprint 25 copies on Japanese vellum and 275 on American handmade paper have been printed and the type distributed. No. 5. Horodisch page 80. Spine sunned. Block sunned along edges. Binding and interior in overall goo+ to very good condition. Seller Inventory # 40568

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RADICAL & PROLETARIAN LITERATURE] C.3.3. [pseud. Oscar Wilde]

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

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About this Item: Benj. R. Tucker, New York, 1899. Hardcover. [Second American Edition]. Often considered to be the first American edition, this imprint is actually preceded by the Brentano's ca. 1898 edition. This edition was published in two states, one in which the text appears on rectos only, the second (including this copy) printed on rectos and versos: "Both editions, that printed on one side and that printed on both sides, are from the same type. It is therefore clear that they are not.two independent editions, but the one-side issue constitutes merely a kind of de-luxe variety, while the two-sided is a cheaper, popular version of the same edition" (HORODISCH, pp. 76-77). Issued by Benjamin R. Tucker, the noted anarchist publisher and editor of the journal Liberty, in which Tucker published the essay "The Criminal Jailers of Oscar Wilde" in 1895. Tucker and Emma Goldman were two of the few Americans to publicly defend Wilde during his trial (George Haggerty, Encyclopedia of Gay Histories and Cultures (2013), p. 52. 12mo (18.5cm.); publisher's two-toned cloth (white over blue), upper cover lettered and ruled in gilt, unadorned spine; [8],44pp. Some minor shelf wear, white portion of cloth binding rather soiled and toned along spine, short closed tear to title page fore-edge not approaching text, old ink spot affecting first few leaves, else interior fine. Very Good and sound overall. Seller Inventory # 33071

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WILDE, OSCAR

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

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About this Item: 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. Hinges cracked. Some minor foxing to the preliminaries, at little darkening at spine very good. Rare. Seller Inventory # 15144J

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The Ballad of Reading Gaol: Wilde, Oscar

Wilde, Oscar

Published by The Literary Collector Press, Greenwich, Conn. (1905)

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About this Item: The Literary Collector Press, Greenwich, Conn., 1905. Paper Covered Boards. Condition: Very Good Minus. Limited and Numbered Edition. The Third Edition of this poem. Collector Reprints No. 3. # 66 of 275 copies printed on American hand-made paper. In the original gray paper boards with black lettering and red ruling on paper labels at cover and spine. Very Good Minus, bottom 3 1/4" of paper at spine is gone. Internally clean and tight, last page uncut. [39] pages. SCARCE. Size: 24mo - over 5" - 5¾" tall. Limited Edition. Seller Inventory # 005702

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C. 3. 3. (Oscar Wilde)

Published by Leonard Smithers, London (1898)

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About this Item: Leonard Smithers, London, 1898. Hardcover. 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. Seller Inventory # 002409

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Wilde, Oscar

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

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About this Item: Macy/Masius: Vanguard, New York, 1928. Hardcover. Condition: Good. Lynd Ward (illustrator). 1st. Near fine in restored dust jacket. Seller Inventory # BOOKS005552I

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The Ballad of Reading Gaol: WILDE, Oscar

WILDE, Oscar

Published by Dutton, New York (1930)

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About this Item: Dutton, New York, 1930. hardcover. 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. Seller Inventory # 242123

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Wilde, Oscar; Lynd Ward

Published by Macy-Masius: The Vanguard Press, New York (1928)

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About this Item: Macy-Masius: The Vanguard Press, New York, 1928. Hardcover. Lynd Ward (illustrator). First edition. 106pp. Quarto [26 cm] Decorative paper covered boards with a wood grain pattern. Deckled edges. Green and white pictorial endleaves. Title page printed in green and black. Very good. The boards are just a trifle concave, and the spine and covers are a bit rubbed and darkened at the edges. There are a several thin fissures in the paper of the spine, with the longest crack measuring just under 2 1/2" long. The paper at the foot of the spine has two small chips. The pages are tanned. In a good dust jacket. Torn at the edges and folds (occasionally with small losses), and with large areas of mild discoloration and soiling (printing still bold). Dance 013. With full-page illustrations and page decorations in mezzotint by Lynd Ward. A first edition in a dust jacket of Ward's first fine press book. Limited to 2000 copies. Seller Inventory # 46611

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THE BALLAD OF READING GAOL: WILDE, Oscar; John

WILDE, Oscar; John Vassos (illustrator)

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

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About this Item: E. P. Dutton, New York, 1928. Hardcover. Condition: Very good+. Dust Jacket Condition: Near fine. First Thus. First trade edition illustrated by American artist John Vassos. Signed by Vassos on half title. Small quarto. 9 1/2 in (24 cm) tall; 124 p. One quarter black cloth over blue-gray laid paper sides. Fore and bottom edges untrimmed. Frontispiece plus fifteen full-page art deco halftone lithographs captioned on facing page and blank on reverse by Vassos. Matte black and blue art deco dust jacket lettered and decorated in gilt from front to back by Vassos. Tight and square binding. Pages with no bookplate, annotations, tears or folds. Dust jacket unclipped and uncommonly well-preserved. Top edge of boards lightly sunned, pages lightly toned with intermittent faint smudges and trace foxing. Jacket with barely perceptible trace of edgewear, gilt on jacket front subtly faded. The Ballad of Reading Gaol (pronounced "redding jail"), originally written by Oscar Wilde while incarcerated, was initially attributed to "C.3.3." for cell 3 on the third landing of gallery C. Charged with gross indecency, Wilde was given the maximum sentence of two years' hard labor because he was gay. So debilitated by illness and hunger and dispirited by the time of his release, Wilde never wrote again, except for minor corrections. Suffering from prison ailments and impoverished, Wilde died three years later. Mason 371-380. Signed by Illustrator(s). Seller Inventory # 812

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The Ballad of Reading Gaol: Wilde, Oscar

Wilde, Oscar

Published by Old Stile Press, UK (1994)

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About this Item: Old Stile Press, UK, 1994. Hard Cover in Slipcase. Condition: Near Fine ++. No Jacket. Palmer, Garrick (illustrator). First Edition / Limited Edition. One of 225 SIGNED numbered copies. SIGNED by the illustrator, Garrick Palmer. This is copy number 105. A bright UK limited edition. The Wrapper : No wrapper as issued. The Book : The book is very bright, very clean and very tight. There are no previous ownership inscriptions. No blemishes, no fading, no toning, no remainder marks. The binding is tight, the text block is fresh. There are one or two trivial marks on the spine. The Slipcase : The slipcase is clean, bright and tight. It is unfaded. Looks sharp. This copy has been SIGNED by to the limitation page by Garrick Palmer. A lovely copy. Paypal accepted. Please note that this is a heavy book and postage will be a little more than that quoted by ABE. Signed by Illustrator(s). Seller Inventory # 007411

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