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Wilde, Oscar
THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY. LONDON: WARD, LOCK & CO., N.D. [1891]
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LOT SOLD. 31,250 GBP
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Wilde, Oscar
THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY. LONDON: WARD, LOCK & CO., N.D. [1891]
Estimate
5,0007,000
LOT SOLD. 31,250 GBP
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Wilde, Oscar
THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY. LONDON: WARD, LOCK & CO., N.D. [1891]
8vo (195 x 133mm.), FIRST BOOK EDITION, final blank leaf, advertisements at the end, original rough grey bevelled boards gilt, with butterfly designs by Charles Ricketts, white parchment spine, lettered and decorated in gilt, misprint on p.208 as called for (eight lines from bottom), DUST-JACKET with matching Ricketts design, preserved in brown cloth chemise and quarter brown morocco slipcase, jacket slightly chipped on spine and edges
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Catalogue Note

A FINE COPY IN THE RARE DUST-JACKET OF WILDE'S LONGEST PROSE NARRATIVE, which created a huge storm of publicity when first published and which changed the face not only of Victorian literature, but also the course of the author's own life: a copy was lent by Lionel Johnson to his young cousin Lord Alfred Douglas, who begged to be taken to meet the author. Wilde saw his own fictional creation come to life. The story had first appeared, in a different form, in Lippincott's Monthly Magazine in July 1890. This first book edition contains a further six chapters, and there were also numerous amendments with some passages removed. All references to the painter Whistler, for example, were removed for fear of libel, and the age of Dorian and his date of birth were altered, being perceived as too close to Wilde's own at the start of his relationship with Robert Ross.

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