4 December 2009
THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN
WILDE, Oscar. Poems. London: by The Chiswick Press for Elkin Matthews & John Lane, 1892.
8o. Half-title with woodcut decorations after Charles Ricketts on the verso and woodcut title after Ricketts. Original gilt-blocked cloth, decorated endpapers, top edges gilt, others uncut (small chip to fore-edge of front free endpaper, a few tiny nicks, otherwise very fine). Provenance: F. Wyndham Goldie (bookplate).
LIMITED EDITION, number 105 of 220 copies signed by the author. This edition of Wilde's Poems used the sheets of David Bogue's fifth edition of 1882 -- which incorporated several substantive additions and amendments (cf. Mason 308) -- with a cancellans bifolium designed by Ricketts and bearing the half-title, limitation statement, and title. The penultimate leaf Q6, which bore Bogue's advertisements, was excised. A binding design ("'The Seven Trees,'' in gold on Iris cloth", Mason 309) was also commissioned from Ricketts, and the book was published on 26 May 1892 at 15 shillings. Mason 309. A VERY FINE COPY, FRESH AND BRIGHT.
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