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Wilde, Oscar
A HOUSE OF POMEGRANATES. JAMES R. OSGOOD MCILVAINE & CO, 1891
Estimate
3,0005,000
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148
Wilde, Oscar
A HOUSE OF POMEGRANATES. JAMES R. OSGOOD MCILVAINE & CO, 1891
Estimate
3,0005,000
JUMP TO LOT

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Wilde, Oscar
A HOUSE OF POMEGRANATES. JAMES R. OSGOOD MCILVAINE & CO, 1891
small 4to, FIRST EDITION, ONE OF 1,000 COPIES, pictorial title page, four plates by C.H. Shannon, head-pieces, tail-pieces and illustrations by Charles Ricketts throughout, original green linen backed cream boards stamped in pale red and gilt with designs by Ricketts, including a peacock, fountain and a basket of pomegranates, spine titled in gilt with a few small pomegranate designs, decorated endpapers, collector's green morocco backed folding box, hinges expertly repaired, small ink ownership signature dated 1909, boards darkened and very slightly rubbed, lower board with two small bubbles
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Mason 347

Catalogue Note

INCLUDING SHANNON'S FOUR "DELICATE AND LOVELY" ILLUSTRATIONS AND RICKETTS' "COMPLETELY BEAUTIFUL" DESIGNS.

Although Wilde remained effusive about the decoration of his book (and defended it from public criticism), the printing of Shannon's four plates had been difficult. As a result of some fault in the printing process, a dusty deposit appeared on each plate, which was only noticed after the book was bound. Unfortunately the solution - wiping each plate with a flannel - removed the surface of the print and left the images rather faint, and in some cases, almost invisible.

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