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    Oscar Wilde. A Woman of No Importance. London: 1894. First edition, inscribed by Vincent Price.

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    Oscar Wilde. A Woman of No Importance. London: John Lane, 1894. First edition. One of 500 copies printed. Inscribed by legendary actor Vincent Price on the first blank: "My Best/Vincent Price". Octavo. [xvi], [155], [1, blank], [16, publisher's ads] pages. Publisher's full lavender cloth, boards and spine stamped in gilt. Cloth spine and board edges sunned and rubbed; binding soiled; front hinge barely starting; gutter facing final leaf barely starting. Bookplate on front pastedown. Many pages unopened. Still, a very good copy with an interesting association. Vincent Price had a one-man show, Diversions and Delights, in which he portrayed Oscar Wilde; it ran from 1977 until 1980 to great acclaim. According to many accounts, anti-gay crusader Anita Bryant condemned the show; Price is reported to have said that Wilde had already written a play about her: A Woman of No Importance. From the James C. Seacrest Collection.

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