During his visit to America in 1882 Wilde had the volume reprinted as Rose Leaf and Apple Leaf. Wilde provided an introduction, "L’Envoi" as he called it, and edited the book by removing two poems and inserting nine others by Rodd that were previously uncollected. Rodd took exception to some of Wilde'’s sentiments in the introduction, and was particularly irritated by the book'’s effusive new dedication, which was composed by Wilde himself: "To Oscar Wilde – "Heart’s Brother" – these few songs and many songs to come."
This edition was exceptionally well received on publication. Walter Hamilton in The Aesthetic Movement in England, 1882, admired both the book'’s "exquisite attire" and the text that was "most grateful to the reader’'s eyes." Rodd himself, despite misgivings about the altered text, admired the production. On 6 October he wrote to J.M. Stoddart the publisher informing him that he had "seen no édition de luxe in England to compare with it."
The edition was limited to 175 copies (Ellmann, p.188). It was priced at $1.75, but according to Stoddart (see Thomas Mosher'’s edition of 1906) the bookseller Brentano bought a number of copies and persuaded Wilde to autograph the upper covers. He proceeded to sell them on at almost double the original price. It seems likely that this is a "Brentano copy".
Wilde'’s 'L’Envoi', which reveals the increasing influence of Walter Pater’s ideas on his work, later took on a separate existence as 'The English Renaissance of Art'. It was published both as a limited edition essay and as part of later anthologies.
According to a pencil note the letter by Rodd is to Robert Louis Stevenson.
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