An Ideal Husband. Oscar Wilde.

An Ideal Husband.

1899. London: Leonard Smithers, 1899.

8vo, 213, (1, imprint)pp. Original salmon cloth stamped in gold, one corner creased, slightest of soiling to covers, ink signature at front “Winifred M.F. Carritt Christmas 1900”. Blue quarter morocco slipcase.

§ First edition, one of 1000 copies. “Although Wilde's third play opened in 1895, it was not published until four years later and after Wilde had been released from prison. The success of The Ballad of Reading Gaol persuaded [Wilde] to publish his last two plays (the other being The Importance of Being Ernest). All three were published by Leonard Smithers, one of very few remaining publishers prepared to handle Wilde's work.” (Sotheby’s). Mason 385. Item #109923

Price: $3,500.00

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