501
501
Wilde, Oscar
THE HAPPY PRINCE AND OTHER TALES. LONDON: DAVID NUTT, 1888
Estimate
8,00012,000
LOT SOLD. 8,750 GBP
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501
Wilde, Oscar
THE HAPPY PRINCE AND OTHER TALES. LONDON: DAVID NUTT, 1888
Estimate
8,00012,000
LOT SOLD. 8,750 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Wilde, Oscar
THE HAPPY PRINCE AND OTHER TALES. LONDON: DAVID NUTT, 1888
4to, LIMITED ISSUE, NO.19 OF 75 COPIES SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR AND PUBLISHER, title-page printed in red and black, frontispiece and 2 full-page illustrations (The Selfish Giant and the Remarkable Rocket) by Walter Crane (both plates present in two states), head- and tail-pieces by Jacomb Hood, printed dedication to Carlos Blacker,original Japanese vellum upper cover printed in red and black bound in, half maroon morocco, marbled boards and endpapers, top edge gilt, contemporary presentation inscription, some slight spotting to endpapers
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Literature

Mason 314

Catalogue Note

THE DE-LUXE ISSUE OF THE CHARMING COLLECTION OF STORIES WHICH ESTABLISHED OSCAR WILDE AS AN AUTHOR. "They are studies in prose, put for Romance's sake into a fanciful form : meant partly for children, and partly for those who have kept the childlike faculties of wonder and joy, and who find in simplicity a subtle strangeness." (Oscar Wilde, Letter to George Herbert Kersley, June 15, 1888)

The stories in The Happy Prince owe their origin to Irish oral narrative. Wilde read the tale to his sons, weeping for 'The Selfish Giant' when the child befriended by the giant becomes the crucified Christ who takes his protector to paradise.

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