Lot 132
  • 132

Wilde, Oscar

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160,000 - 180,000 GBP
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197,000 GBP
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  • Wilde, Oscar
  • The Importance of Being Earnest. A Trivial Comedy for Serious People.&nbsp;<em>London: Leonard Smithers, 1899</em>
4to (224 x 177mm.), FIRST EDITION, THE DEDICATION COPY INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR TO ROBERT ROSS ("To The mirror of perfect friendship: Robbie: Whose name I have written on the portal of this little play. Oscar. Feb. 99.") on the verso of the half title, NUMBER 3 OF 12 COPIES ON JAPANESE VELLUM, original vellum with lettering and motifs in gilt, collector's green half morocco folding box, many pages unopened, some very minor soiling to spine, vellum boards slightly bowed; [with]: autograph letter signed from Wilde to Ross (addressed "Dear Bobbie"), promising three opening night seats at the play for "you - Aleck [Ross?] and Aubrey [Beardsley?]", 1 page, 8vo, on Albemarle Club headed paper (2)
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