"EVERY WOMAN IS A REBEL, AND USUALLY IN WILD REVOLT AGAINST HERSELF"
WILDE, Oscar. A Woman of No Importance. London: John Lane at the Sign of the Bodley Head, 1894. Octavo, original gilt-stamped lavender cloth, uncut. $2500.
First edition, one of 500 unnumbered copies, in original decorative cloth designed by Charles Shannon.
Wilde's drama was first performed at London's Haymarket Theatre on April 19, 1893. A contemporary reviewer praised "the keenness of [Wilde's] intellect, the individuality of his point of view, the excellence of his verbal style, and above all the genuinely dramatic quality of his inspirations. I do not hesitate to call… this play the most virile and intelligent… piece of English dramatic writing of our day" (Mason 364). With 16-page Elkin Mathews and John Lane Publisher's catalogue at rear, dated 1894. The Mathews/Lane partnership was dissolved in August of 1894 while this work was in proof. Mason 364. Owner signature dated 1896. Bookseller ticket.
Slight discoloration to original cloth and rubbing to extremities of this very good copy.