29 October 2013
WILDE, Oscar (1854-1900). The Sphinx. London: Elkin Mathews and John Lane, Boston: Copeland and Day, 1894.
4o (255 x 195 mm). Printed in green, red and black, Illustrations and decorations by Charles Ricketts. Original gold-tooled vellum, signed with initials CR (Charles Ricketts) and HL (Henry Leighton, binder), ties; quarter morocco folding case. Provenance: acquired from Bernard Quaritch, 1977.
LIMITED EDITION, one of 25 deluxe copies with additional ornaments. "Wilde requested Ricketts to design this first edition of The Sphinx, and it is the first book over which he exercised complete control of illustration, page, and binding design. His use of a pictorial title, placed on a verso like a frontispiece, was to continue in many of his later publications" (The Turn of the Century 10). Ray The Illustrator and the book in England 262.
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