The Picture Of Dorian Gray
by Oscar Wilde
(Ward, Lock and Co. - First Edition, First Printing, April 1891)
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A Good First ("authorised" and expanded) Edition, April 1891 first printing of Oscar Wilde's novel with the following First Edition, first printing points:
- thick, grey paper-covered and bevelled edge boards
- no publishing history
- typographic error at the beginning of page 208, line 23 ("nd" instead of "and" - this was corrected for the July 1891 signed limited edition)
- publisher displayed as "Ward Lock AND Co London New York & Melbourne" (no reference to "Bowden")
- no publisher's imprint or advertisements at rear
Following initial publication in Lippincott's magazine (1890) and an unauthorised US edition the same year Wilde revised his work and added six new chapters for this first authorised edition.
Book Condition - Good: Hardback, 8vo, vii + 334 pages.
Significant general wear and bumping to the vellum spine and gilt decorated grey boards (Charles Ricketts' 10 gilt "butterflies" design, edges rubbed with underlying boards visible at corners), spine browned with gilt spine lettering faded, securely bound but front hinge cracked with webbing visible, plain grey endpapers, Elizabeth Sherman Cameron's armorial bookplate on front pastedown and her signature on the front free endpaper, fore and bottom edges untrimmed, light foxing to the prelims - otherwise internally very clean and clear.
Total weight with packaging 750g.
The Picture Of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (Ward, Lock and Co. - First Edition, First Printing, April 1891)
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