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Wilde, Oscar
SALOME. PARIS: LIBRARIE DE L'ART INDEPENDANT/LONDRES: ELKIN MATHEWS ET JOHN LANE, 1893 
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Wilde, Oscar
SALOME. PARIS: LIBRARIE DE L'ART INDEPENDANT/LONDRES: ELKIN MATHEWS ET JOHN LANE, 1893 
8vo, FIRST EDITION, ONE OF 600 COPIES, device by Felicien Rops on the title page, original purple wrappers with silver lettering on upper wrapper, preserved in matching cloth chemise and quarter purple morocco slipcase, slight fading to covers
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Provenance

Fridolf Johnson, Salome Collection bookplate

Literature

Mason 348

Catalogue Note

Wilde's play was rehearsed during June 1892 for production at the Palace Theatre in London with Sarah Bernhardt in the title role. The Lord Chamberlain refused a licence, however, owing to the representation of Biblical characters on the public stage. It was decided therefore to move the premiere to Paris. This edition was published on 22 February 1893, the purple binding chosen deliberately by Wilde: in a letter to Campbell Dodgson the author remarked that "Bosie is very gilt-haired and I have bound Salome in purple to suit him" (Complete Letters of Oscar Wilde, ed. Merlin Holland, pp.555-56). He also presented a copy to Bernard Shaw, remarking, "Salome presents herself to you in purple raiment" (op.cit., p.554)

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