Wilde's Anonymous Prison Ballad

    [Oscar Wilde]. The Ballad of Reading Gaol by "C.3.3." London: Leonard Smithers, 1898.

    First edition, limited to 800 copies on hand-made paper. Quarto. 31 pages.

    Publisher's quarter cream cloth with mustard cloth boards. Gilt titles to backstrip. Mildly soiled and edge darkened. Front hinge starting. Bookplate. Clipping of Wilde's obituary from the Times, dated 1 Dec. 1900, mounted to front free endpaper. Endpapers lightly toned and offset. Housed in a custom cloth chemise and slipcase. A very good copy.

    Written after Wilde's release from prison, with C.3.3. standing for cell block C, landing 3, cell 3. Issued anonymously.

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