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    First Edition of Oscar Wilde's First Book

    Oscar Wilde. Ravenna. Newdigate Prize Poem. Recited in the Theatre, Oxford, June 26, 1878. Oxford. Thos. Shrimpton and Son, 1878. First edition of the author's first book. Small octavo. 16 pages. Original printed wrappers bound-in. Finely bound by Riviere & Son in later full brown levant morocco, spine lettered in gilt, five raised bands, gilt board edges and turn-ins, all edges gilt. Fine. With the bookplate of noted collector Harold T. Hartley, with a clipping of his review of Wilde's reading of the poem.
    "During a vacation ramble in 1877 [Wilde] started from Greece, visiting Ravenna by chance on the way, he obtained material for a poem on that ancient city, and singularly enough, 'Ravenna' was afterwards given out as the topic for the Newdigate competition." (Hamilton, The Aesthetic Movement in England, quoted in Mason.)
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