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SIGNED BY OSCAR WILDE: “WHEN I WAS ALIVE AND HAD A HUMAN HEART,I DID NOT KNOW WHAT TEARS WERE”—THE SIGNED LIMITED FIRST EDITIONOF THE HAPPY PRINCE, ONE OF ONLY 75 LARGE-PAPER COPIES

WILDE, Oscar. The Happy Prince and Other Tales. London, 1888. Large-paper limited first edition, number 21 of only 75 copies on handmade paper, signed by Oscar Wilde and the publisher David Nutt. Extraordinarily rare. $48,500.

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OSCAR WILDE’S OWN COPY OF SALOMÉ, SIGNED BY HIM

WILDE, Oscar. Salome. Drame en un Acte. Paris and London, 1893.

First deluxe edition of the controversial play, Salomé, Wilde's own copy from his personal library, number 10 of only 50 copies printed on Van Gelder handmade paper and numbered and signed by Oscar Wilde, in original purple paper wrappers. With a laid-in signed autograph letter of provenance from Caroline Morse, daughter of Colonel W.F. Morse, British talent agent Richard D’Oyly Carte’s representative in the U.S., and friend to Wilde. Also with two hand-stitched purple ribbon bookmarks, presumably Wilde’s own. $37,500.

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FIRST EDITION OF WILDE’S IDEAL HUSBAND, A RARE THEATRICAL ASSOCIATION COPY WITH THE BOOKPLATE OF ACTRESS EVA LE GALLIENNE

WILDE, Oscar. Ideal Husband. London, 1899.

Limited first edition, one of 1000 unnumbered copies, an especially memorable association copy with the bookplate of award-winning actress and director, Eva Le Gallienne. "One of the grand figures of the American stage" (New York Times), she was the daughter of Wilde's colleague Richard Le Gallienne, a lovely copy in original decorative cloth designed by Charles Shannon. $5500.

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