16 December 2004
WILDE, Oscar (1854-1900). The Picture of Dorian Gray. London: Ward, Lock & Co., 1891.
4o. Contemporary deluxe binding of full vellum gilt, gilt lettered on upper cover and with drawer-handle tools in gilt, gilt lettered on spine, top edge gilt, others uncut, by Morley, Oxford (lightly soiled); red morocco slipcase. Provenance: effaced signature on front flyleaf dated 11 November 1899; William K. Bixby (bookplate).
FIRST EDITION, LIMITED ISSUE, number 167 of 250 large-paper copies on handmade Van Gelder paper, SIGNED, "Oscar Wilde" on limitation page. The novel was first published in Philadelphia's Lippincott's Monthly Magazine, July 1890; Wilde's famous preface, comprising 24 aphorisms ("the artist is the creator of beautiful things," etc.), first appeared in The Fortnightly Review, March 1891. Mason 329.
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