Complete Oscar Wilde, Beautifully Bound In Ten Volumes
64. WILDE, Oscar.
New York, 1909. Ten volumes.
Octavo, later three-quarter navy calf gilt.
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
-The Picture of Dorian Gray