FIRST COLLECTED EDITION OF WILDE'S WORKS, HANDSOMELY BOUND
WILDE, Oscar. Works. London: Methuen, (1908). Fourteen volumes. Octavo, modern full brown morocco, raised bands, marbled endpapers, top edges gilt, uncut. $7800.
First collected edition of Wilde's works, one of 1000 sets on handmade paper, handsomely bound.
"Oscar Wilde: we have only to hear the great name to anticipate that what will be quoted as his will surprise and delight us" (Ellmann, xv.) "The first collected edition of Wilde's works was issued in 1908 with 14 volumes, 13 with the imprint of Methuen & Co., and one, The Picture of Dorian Gray, with the imprint of Charles Carrington, Paris. The text is taken in most instances from the last editions issued under the superintendence of the author. In some cases the volumes contain additional material which had not previously been reprinted, while some of the volumes contain matter here published for the first time… Some of the volumes contain matter which is not included in any other edition" (Mason, 459). Edited by Robert Ross, Wilde's long-time intimate friend and literary executor. After Ross' death in 1918, his remains were cremated and eventually placed in Wilde's tomb in 1950. This set collects such classics as Lady Windermere's Fan, The Happy Prince, Salome and The Importance of Being Earnest, as well as numerous essays and poems. For Love of the King added to this set in 1922 is not present, as often. Bookplate, one partially removed. A few minor pencil and pen markings and underlines, including owner inscription in Salomé.
Light soiling to preliminaries of Lady Windermere's Fan, page 205 of Poems expertly repaired. Fine condition.