2 June 2004
WILDE, Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills (1854-1900). Lady Windermere's Fan. A Play about a Good Woman. London: T. and A. Constable for Elkin Mathews and John Lane, 1893. 4° (223 x 170mm). 16-page publisher's catalogue dated September 1893 bound in at the end. (Occasional light marking.) Original light yellow cloth, spine lettered in gilt, boards and spine gilt with designs after Charles Shannon (endpapers browned, spine and outer areas of boards faded, corners bumped, cloth slightly bubbled). FIRST EDITION, ONE OF 50 LARGE-PAPER COPIES. Mason 358.
WILDE, Oscar. A Woman of No Importance. London: T. and A. Constable for John Lane, 1894. 4° (223 x 170mm). Original light yellow cloth, spine lettered in gilt, boards and spine gilt with designs after Shannon (endpapers browned, spine and outer areas of boards faded, corners bumped). FIRST EDITION, ONE OF 50 LARGE-PAPER COPIES. Mason 365.
FIRST EDITIONS, LARGE-PAPER COPIES. Both works were issued in a uniform style, priced at 15s. (the standard editions of both titles, issued in editions of 500 copies, were priced at 7s. 6d.). The proofs of A Woman of No Importance originally bore Elkin Mathews's name in the imprint, but the partnership was dissolved in August 1894, and the work published under Lane's name alone. (2)
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