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    Oscar Wilde First Edition
    Inscribed by Vincent Price

    Oscar Wilde. [INSCRIBED by Vincent Price]. A Woman of No Importance. London: John Lane at the Sign of the Bodley Head, 1894. Inscribed in pen on first blank: "My Best/ Vincent Price".
    First edition. Quarto. "Of this edition 500 copies have been printed". [14], 154, and [16 catalog] pages. Lightly faded red-brown linen boards with five gilt designs to both front and back cover; two to the spine along with gilt titles. Gilt designs by Charles Shannon (Mason, 364). Unopened pages. Bookplate of "Joseph Groves" on front pastedown. Boards are lightly foxed and soiled, head and foot of spine bumped, small bookseller pencil marks on front pastedown and rear free endpaper, partially erased pencil mark on last page, light discoloration from possible bookmark off-set on pages 52 and 53, pages lightly toned, otherwise a lovely copy with a fantastic provenance. From the Collection of Ellis MacGregor Pryce-Jones.
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    Vincent Price portrayed Oscar Wilde in a one-man stage production of Diversions and Delights, which ran from 1977 to 1980 in a variety of venues around the world.

    Of Wilde he is quoted as saying:

    "There are very few famous men or women whose character, humanity, humor or even tragedy can survive the scrutiny of 'a one man show' by that I mean author, actor and audience scrutiny.

    "Oscar Wilde is the ideal personage to be examined by all this revealing kind of theatre presentation. The fame of his wit is enough justification, but underneath the brilliant facade is a very human being, vulnerable to his own fame, his own strengths and weaknesses, and a being who inspires a kind of very real and identifiable admiration and appreciation.

    "For the actor, the assumption of such a volatile personality is not only challenging but thrilling, by the very nature of this audience identification.

    "Wilde, and through his genius, the actor seems to have something to say to everyone. He becomes almost lovable in his self-conscious avoidance of love-ability. He is admirable for his ability to admire his own talent and to make it so especially his own. He is unique and that one-of-a-kindness quality, perhaps more than anything else, makes him qualify for this form of theatrical revelation.

    "Wilde is a joy to play. For his personal tragedy is as universally appealing as his private-public wit is individually enchanting."  (Price, page 301.)

    -Victoria Price, Vincent Price: A Daughter's Biography. (New York: St. Martins, 1999).

     



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