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[Wilde, Oscar]
THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST. A TRIVIAL COMEDY FOR SERIOUS PEOPLE. LONDON: LEONARD SMITHS AND CO., 1899
Estimate
12,00018,000
LOT SOLD. 38,750 GBP
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186
[Wilde, Oscar]
THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST. A TRIVIAL COMEDY FOR SERIOUS PEOPLE. LONDON: LEONARD SMITHS AND CO., 1899
Estimate
12,00018,000
LOT SOLD. 38,750 GBP
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[Wilde, Oscar]
THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST. A TRIVIAL COMEDY FOR SERIOUS PEOPLE. LONDON: LEONARD SMITHS AND CO., 1899
4to (223 x 180mm.), NUMBER 12 OF 12 COPIES ON JAPANESE VELLUM SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR, original vellum with lettering and motifs in gilt, edges uncut, green cloth case and slipcase, edges uncut, some slight discolouring to the vellum binding, with gilt lettering slightly faded, some possible neat repair work to binding
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Literature

Mason 383

Catalogue Note

THE RARE EXTRA-LIMITED ISSUE OF WILDE'S MASTERPIECE, ON JAPANESE VELLUM. There was also a regular edition of 1,000 copies, and one hundred copies on Dutch handmade paper.

The first night of The Importance of Being Earnest had been on St Valentine’s Day 1895, played to great success,  and the play seemed destined to run and run. However, scandal soon engulfed Wilde, and the play was withdrawn on 8 May after 83 performances. The first American production closed after just one week.  The first edition was published by Smithers some four years after the original production, incorporating some changes Wilde had made in the preceding months. The play has been Wilde's most popular and enduring work, revived on countless occasions (perhaps most famously by John Gielgud in 1929) and has been filmed twice. 

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