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Complete Oscar Wilde, Beautifully Bound In Ten Volumes

64. WILDE, Oscar.

Complete Writings.

New York, 1909. Ten volumes.

Octavo, later three-quarter navy calf gilt.

$4500.

Library “De Luxe” edition of Wilde’s complete writings, one of 1000

sets, handsomely bound.

Arrested for “gross indecency” after an affair

with Lord Alfred Douglas infuriated Douglas’ father, the Marquess of

Queensbury, Wilde was labeled a pariah on both sides of the Atlantic

due to his homosexuality and progressive social stances. His writings

were swiftly banned in numerous countries and eventually added to the

Comstock Law’s growing pile.

Includes Wilde’s plays, poems, short stories, reviews, essays, novel and

miscellanies. Open tear on page 295–6 of

The Picture of Dorian Gray

expertly repaired with archival tape. Fine.

“Those who find ugly

meanings in beautiful things

are corrupt without being

charming.”

-The Picture of Dorian Gray

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