"LIFE IS FAR TOO IMPORTANT A THING EVER TO TALK SERIOUSLY ABOUT"
WILDE, Oscar. Lady Windermere's Fan, A Play About A Good Woman. London: Elkin Mathews and John Lane at the Bodley Head, 1893. Octavo, original gilt-stamped mauve cloth, uncut.
First edition, one of only 500 copies, in original cloth with gilt designs by Charles Shannon.
This comedy was first performed at London's St. James' Theatre on February 20, 1892. A contemporary reviewer commented: "The man or woman who does not chuckle with delight at the good things which abound in Lady Windemere's Fan should consult a physician at once; delay would be dangerous." With a 16-page publisher's catalogue dated September 1893 at rear. Mason 357.
Slightest rub to rear board, only very faint toning to extremities, gilt bright. An about-fine copy.