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WILDE, Oscar (1854-1900). Autograph postcard signed ('Oscar Wilde') to Henry Davray, superscribed in autograph 'From M. Sebastian Melmoth. Berneval-sur-Mer', n.d. [June 1897], earnestly thanking him for 'your great kindness and courtesy in sending me such charming books. I am greatly touched by the sympathy and attention shown to me by you and others of the French writers'; Ernest Dowson is with Wilde, and talks of Davray; Wilde hopes some day to meet Davray, and to thank him for 'the interest you have shown me, and the delicate manner in which you have expressed it', 2 pages, oblong 8vo.

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WILDE, Oscar (1854-1900). Autograph postcard signed ('Oscar Wilde') to Henry Davray, superscribed in autograph 'From M. Sebastian Melmoth. Berneval-sur-Mer', n.d. [June 1897], earnestly thanking him for 'your great kindness and courtesy in sending me such charming books. I am greatly touched by the sympathy and attention shown to me by you and others of the French writers'; Ernest Dowson is with Wilde, and talks of Davray; Wilde hopes some day to meet Davray, and to thank him for 'the interest you have shown me, and the delicate manner in which you have expressed it', 2 pages, oblong 8vo.

Wilde had been released from Reading Gaol on 18 May, and swiftly crossed to France, spending the summer in Berneval-sur-Mer under his pseudonym of Sebastian Melmoth. Henry Davray (1873-1944) was a writer and translator from the English, closely associated with the Mercure de France. His Oscar Wilde: La Tragédie Finale appeared in 1928. The poet Ernest Dowson had met Wilde in 1890; he visited him in Berneval twice in the course of June 1987. The present letter is apparently unpublised; the earliest published letter from Wilde to Davray dates from December 1897.
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