New York: Gabriel Wells, 1925. Item #04574
The Writings of Oscar Wilde
Handsomely Bound by Stikeman & Co.
WILDE, Oscar. The Writings of Oscar Wilde [Large Paper Edition]. New York: Gabriel Wells, 1925.
Limited to 575 numbered copies , this set being number 179.
Twelve octavo volumes (8 11/16 x 5 5/8 inches; 221 x 143 mm.). Title pages printed in pale blue and black, each carrying a profile portrait of Wilde in pale blue.
Handsomely bound by Stikeman & Co., N.Y. ca. 1925 (stamp-signed in black on front endpapers). Full dark green crushed morocco, covers decoratively bordered and tooled in gilt. Spines with five raised bands, decoratively tooled and lettered in gilt in compartments. Red and green liners elaborately bordered and lettered in gilt, red moire silk end-leaves, top edge gilt, others uncut. Spines uniformly faded to olive green, small circular stain on front board of volume one. A near fine set.
The handsomely produced "Large Paper Edition", limited to 575 sets, which was put out by the celebrated New York bookseller Gabriel Wells who, during the 1920s, competed in the sale rooms with the great A.S.W. Rosenbach (1876-1952). This edition, with introductory material by several literary figures including W. B. Yeats (The Happy Prince), Padraic Colum (Criticisms and Reviews), John Drinkwater (The Importance of Being Ernest/An Ideal Husband), Arthur Symons (Salome), and Wilde's one-time lover Richard Le Gallienne (Poems), was originally issued by Doubleday in 1923 as the "Patron's Edition de Luxe". A few minor corrections were made for the present edition.