Lady Windermere's Fan

A Play About Good Women

WILDE, Oscar

ONE OF 50 LARGE PAPER COPIES

WILDE, Oscar Lady Windermere's Fan A Play About Good Women

Elkin Mathews and John Lane, 1893.

First edition, large paper issue, limited to 50 copies printed on hand made paper. Publisher's brown buckram titled in gilt to the spine with gilt decoration to the covers designed by Charles Shannon. A near fine copy, with the spine and edges inevitably darkened, but the boards free from wear and the gilt bright. Internally, offsetting to the endpapers, but exceptionally fresh. An unusually well preserved copy.

The first of Wilde's comic plays, which were to make his fortune and establish himself as the pre-eminent playwright of the 1890s. His previous plays, Vera, The Duchess of Padua and Salome, all tragedies, had either flopped or been banned. Wilde's move to comedy enabled him to make use of a ready wit to create a play of manners which subtly pokes fun at its audience.
This edition de luxe, uncommon by dint of its limitation, is now very seldom encountered in nice condition.

Stock ID: 39389

£8,750.00

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