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Intentions, The Decay of Lying, Pen, Pencil, and Poison, the Critic as Artist, the Truth of Masks.

WILDE Oscar (1891)

£350.00  [First Edition]

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First edition, 8vo., original green cloth gilt after a design by Charles Ricketts, uncut, London, Osgood McIlvaine.

Mason 341. 1500 copies printed, this copy one of 900 for the English market. Spine slightly darkened, a couple of splash spots and some slight wear to the extremities of the binding, otherwise an excellent copy. With the ownership inscription of Percy Withers, and his attractive bookplate by William Nicholson. Withers (1867-1945) was a doctor of medicine with a taste for letters and a gift for friendship: his circle included Rothenstein, Beerbohm, Paul Nash, Lascelles Abercrombie and A.E. Housman, and among his books are A buried Life: Personal Recollections of A.E. Housman" (London, 1940.His papers are at Somerville College, Oxford.

Stock Code: 134549