A Woman of No Importance

WILDE, Oscar


WILDE, Oscar A Woman of No Importance

John Lane, 1894.

First edition, one of 50 large paper copies printed on handmade paper. Quarto. Original caramel buckram, with five gilt vignettes by Charles Shannon to each board and lettered in gilt with like vignettes to the spine. Fore- and bottom-edge untrimmed. A very good copy indeed, spine tanned as often and a trace of wear to the corners, but a crisp copy. Internally exceptionally clean and fresh.

A Woman Of No Importance, written following the success of Lady Windermere's Fan as Wilde's fame rose to its highest pitch, was performed first at the Haymarket Theatre on April 19th 1893, having been composed while staying at Babbacombe, Torquay for the previous summer season. This limited edition of fifty copies was published simultaneously with the trade edition towards the end of 1894, in anticipation of the opening of An Ideal Husband the following January.

Mason 365.

Stock ID: 37889


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