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Lot 105
OSCAR WILDE | THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY. LONDON & NEW YORK & MELBOURNE: WARD, LOCK AND CO., 1891
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OSCAR WILDE | THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY. LONDON & NEW YORK & MELBOURNE: WARD, LOCK AND CO., 1891

Estimate: 25,000 - 35,000 USD

OSCAR WILDE | THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY. LONDON & NEW YORK & MELBOURNE: WARD, LOCK AND CO., 1891

Estimate: 25,000 - 35,000 USD

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OSCAR WILDE

THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY. LONDON & NEW YORK & MELBOURNE: WARD, LOCK AND CO., 1891


4to (8 x 6 1/8 in.; 202 x 157 mm). Half-title. Bound in a stunning emblematic designer binding by Robert Wu: crushed red morocco, the front cover with an outline portrait of the titular character (bearing a resemblance to the author) achieved with straight and curvilinear gilt and palladium rules, the rear cover with a similar but non-pictorial design with the title lettered centrally in gilt and palladium, the smooth spine lettered with author and date in palladium, the whole with a semé of small black dots (four dots on the spine in metallic pink); the front doublure of black shagreen with a few gilt rules and semé of red and blue dots, the rear doublure with a multi-material mosaic depiction of the corrupted picture of Dorian Gray, green reverse leather linings, marbled and red flyleaves, page edges colored teal and gauffered, polychrome headbands, gilt-ruled board edges. Marbled and gilt slipcase and half black morocco chemise by Wu. Oatmeal cloth slipcase, chemise.


LITERATURE

Mason 329


CATALOGUE NOTE

Number 43 of 250 large-paper "Edition de Luxe" copies signed by the author (advertised in The Athenaeum on 16 May 1891, this limited edition was published three months after the standard trade edition).


The initial periodical publication of The Picture of Dorian Gray in Lippincott's Magazine in July 1890 was met with scathing reviews from the press. Although Wilde forcefully defended his work, he did nevertheless extensively revise the novel for book-form publication, including obscuring its homoerotic themes.



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Condition Report

4to (8 x 6 1/8 in.; 202 x 157 mm). Half-title. Bound in a stunning emblematic designer binding by Robert Wu: crushed red morocco, the front cover with an outline portrait of the titular character (bearing a resemblance to the author) achieved with straight and curvilinear gilt and palladium rules, the rear cover with a similar but non-pictorial design with the title lettered centrally in gilt and palladium, the smooth spine lettered with author and date in palladium, the whole with a semé of small black dots (four dots on the spine in metallic pink); the front doublure of black shagreen with a few gilt rules and semé of red and blue dots, the rear doublure with a multi-material mosaic depiction of the corrupted picture of Dorian Gray, green reverse leather linings, marbled and red flyleaves, page edges colored teal and gauffered, polychrome headbands, gilt-ruled board edges. Marbled and gilt slipcase and half black morocco chemise by Wu. Oatmeal cloth slipcase, chemise.


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