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    One of Only 250 Large Paper Copies, Signed by Oscar Wilde

    Oscar Wilde. The Picture of Dorian Gray. London, New York & Melbourne: Ward Lock and Co., 1891.

    Deluxe edition limited to 250 copies, of which this is number 52, signed by Oscar Wilde. Foolscap quarto. vii, 334 pages.

    Original parchment-backed gray/brown beveled boards with Charles Ricketts-designed gilt butterflies and gilt lettering. Expertly rebacked with new endpapers and top and bottom of original spine (with gilt title) laid down. Top edge gilt. Dutch hand-made paper, watermarked "Van Gelder." Pages uncut. Very minor wear to boards; spine darkened. With a German poem in pencil, written in a contemporary hand, on half-title page. A fine copy.

    Published July 1, 1891, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde's only novel, is considered by many to be his greatest work. Controversial at the time of publication and attacked by many as "immoral," Wilde happily dismissed the controversy with his response to the critics: "Leave my book, I beg you, to the immortality that it deserves." In fact, he had anticipated the critical reaction when he wrote in the novel's preface: "There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That's all." This beautiful book - masterfully designed by Charles Ricketts - is a lovely and worthy addition to the library of any serious collector of great literary works.

    Mason 329.

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