London, South Kensington
25 November 2014
WILDE, Oscar (1854-1900). The Picture of Dorian Gray. Paris & London: "Ye Olde Paris Booke-Shoppe" & Simpkin, Marshall & Co., Ltd, 1926. 8° (170 x 110mm). Half-title, editorial note by Robert Ross, extra-illustrated with 30 original pen and ink wash illustrations. (Occasional light mainly marginal spotting, stronger on pp. 40/41, 58/59 and 86/87.) Original green cloth, upper cover lettered in blind, spine lettered and ruled in gilt (extremities lightly rubbed).
Interleaved throughout the book on coloured silk ribbons and in the text on pages 229 and 252 are 30 ORIGINAL PEN AND INK WASH ILLUSTRATIONS which bear a sometimes striking resemblance to the work of Osbert Lancaster (1908-86). None, however, are signed, with the exception of one which bears the signature of Wilde's fictional artist "B. Hallward". By turns witty, exuberant and macabre, the illustrations exhibit a caricatural genius superbly adapted to Wilde's depiction of a corrupt fin de siècle world.
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