77
77
Wilde, Oscar.
THE HAPPY PRINCE AND OTHER TALES. LONDON: DAVID NUTT, 1888
Estimate
20,00030,000
JUMP TO LOT
77
Wilde, Oscar.
THE HAPPY PRINCE AND OTHER TALES. LONDON: DAVID NUTT, 1888
Estimate
20,00030,000
JUMP TO LOT

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Wilde, Oscar.
THE HAPPY PRINCE AND OTHER TALES. LONDON: DAVID NUTT, 1888
4to (283 x 195mm.), number 1 of 75 large paper copies signed by the author and publisher, title-page printed in red and black, frontispiece and 2 full-page illustrations by Walter Crane on India paper present in two states (black and brown), head- and tail-pieces by Jacomb Hood, original Japanese vellum over bevelled boards, upper cover with pictorial design by Hood in black, lettered in red, spine lettered in black, preserved in quarter brown morocco folding box, minor spotting to endpapers, a few spots on covers, otherwise a remarkably fine copy
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Literature

Mason 314

Catalogue Note

A superb copy of the charming work which established Wilde's reputation as an author.

The stories in The Happy Prince owe their origin to Irish oral narrative, as is affirmed by Wilde reciting the tales to his sons, "weeping for 'The Selfish Giant' when the child befriended by the giant becomes the crucified Christ who takes his protector to paradise. Their permanent place in child affections refutes the vulgarism that Wilde's literary reputation arose from his legal notoriety. In all cases they are on the child's side, celebrating the courage and generosity of the poor and vulnerable, while their satire mocks the kind of pomposity and hypocrisy children can recognize" (Owen Dudley Edwards, Oxford DNB).

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