Oscar Wilde First Editions
Browse our fine collection of Oscar Wilde first editions signed and illustrated rare books and works on paper.
Wilde, Ireland's most famous playwright, poet and author is regarded as one of the most successful dramatists of the Victorian era and his works remain highly collectible.
Collect Oscar Wilde First Editions Books & Works on Paper
Limited edition, one of 25 deluxe large paper copies; 4to; printed in green, red and black, illustrations by Charles Ricketts, some minor spotting to extremities and frontispiece tissue-guard, otherwise very good; publisher's decorative vellum gilt, signed by CR (Charles Ricketts) and HL (Henry Leighton, binder), original cloth ties (lightly spotted), uncut edges, covers a little bowed, spine a little darkened, otherwise, also very good; preserved in a custom-made cardboard slip-case.£32,500
8vo (210 x 140 mm); frontispiece portrait of the author 'from the painting by Toulouse-Lautrec, 1895'; contemporary full purple calf by Bayntun-Riviere, with double gilt panels, floral hand-tooled spine, gilt dentelles, marbled endpapers and all edges gilt, spine and top edges of upper board faded, a few minor scuffs to boards, otherwise very handsome and internally fine.£275
First edition, sole impression, one of 200 copies on 'small paper', from an overall limitation of 225; small 4to (220 x 170 mm); printed in black, green & sepia on Arnold's handmade paper, some with the Vale Press watermark, pictorial title-page and 9 full-page illustrations in sepia, decorative initials printed in green, all by Charles Ricketts, original vellum with gilt designs by Ricketts to covers and spine. Housed in a quarter morocco slipcase. Rockwell Kent designed bookplate to front paste down, very light spotting to some pages, boards a little bowed as usual, gilt to spine rather dull. Very good.£17,500
First edition, one of 50 large paper copies; small 4to, (23 x 18 cm); , 132, 14 [publisher's ads],  pp., pages uncut; publisher's straw coloured buckram with gilt decorations by Charles Ricketts, gilt lettering to spine, spine and part of both covers slightly unevenly darkened, very slight wear at head and foot of spine; presented in red cloth drop-back box with black title piece lettered in gilt, a very good copy.£7,250
[NONESUCH PRESS]; WILDE, Oscar; RICKETTS, Charles.Oscar Wilde Recollections by Jean Paul Raymond & Charles Ricketts.
Number 773 of 800 copies; tall 8vo (260 x 155 mm.); title with vignette printed in red; original near-white cloth gilt, designed by Ricketts, top edge gilt, others uncut, an excellently bright & sharp copy.£400
First collected edition; 14 volumes, 8vo; one of 80 sets printed on Japanese papier velin; publisher's cream vellum, gilt decorative devices to front panels by Charles Ricketts, yapp edges, top edges gilt, 13 volumes have the imprint of Methuen & Co., and one, The Picture of Dorian Gray, has the imprint of Charles Carrington, Paris (as called for), usual mild wrinkling to most paste-downs, covers mildly toned, some volumes with minor glue reaction (both points usual with vellum bindings), otherwise exceptionally fine internally and externally. Height: 21 cm Overall width of set: 50 cm
[Together with], For Love of the King: A Burmese Masque. Methuen issued this work in 1922, intending it to be a supplementary volume to the above set but never issued in vellum; printed on hand-made paper and limited to 1000 copies only; publisher's cream cloth, browning to spine and edges, dust-jacket with some expert archival repairs to the interior of the folds, Ex-libris Frederick Spiegelberg (name plate on front paste-down) as well as Gertrude & Edward A. Strauss (bookplate on front paste-down), previous bookseller's label on rear paste-down, a very good copy.