"I CAN RESIST EVERYTHING EXCEPT TEMPTATION": FIRST EDITION OF LADY WINDERMERE'S FAN
WILDE, Oscar. Lady Windermere's Fan, A Play About A Good Woman. London: Elkin Mathews and John Lane at the Bodley Head, 1893. Octavo, modern three-quarter green morocco gilt, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. $3250.
First edition, one of only 500 copies, beautifully bound by Asprey with an Art Nouveau floral motif on the spine.
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." Bound without publisher's catalogue at rear. Mason 357.