“AN IDEAL HUSBAND! OH, I DON’T THINK I SHOULD LIKE THAT”: FIRST EDITION OF WILDE’S AN IDEAL HUSBAND
[WILDE, Oscar]. An Ideal Husband. London: Leonard Smithers, 1899. Octavo, modern full purple morocco gilt, raised bands, elaborately gilt-decorated spine, silk moire endpapers, all edges gilt.
First edition, one of 1000 unnumbered copies, beautifully bound by Asprey.
Wilde's play premiered in January 1895 to an audience that included the Prince of Wales, and was an immediate success. Four months later, Wilde was in disgrace following his arrest for soliciting homosexual acts and his name was removed from the play's marquee (similarly, it appears nowhere in this edition). The play closed shortly thereafter and did not appear in print until this first edition. Mason 385.