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Wilde, Oscar
The Suppressed Portion of "De Profundis"; Now for the First Time Published by His Literary Executor Robert Ross
New York: Paul R. Reynolds, 1913. First Edition. First printing in book form of the previously unpublished portions of "De Profundis", one of fifteen copies printed, octavo size, 91 pp. While "De Profundis" was first published in 1905 (five years after Wilde's death), it was done so as an incomplete version. The "suppressed portion" was brought out in bits and pieces, with some being read during a hearing for a libel action in 1913, "Douglas v. Ransome", and appearing in the periodical "The Outlook" on April 26, 1913. That year Robert Ross, Wilde's literary executor, caused fifteen copies of "The Suppressed Portion" to be published in order to protect the copyright. It would not be until 1962 that the the correct portions would be published together and the complete, correct text of "De Profundis" would make its appearance. Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) wrote the letter to Bosie during his imprisonment in Reading Gaol, an act only made possible by a sympathetic prison governor who enabled Wilde to be furnished with paper and pen; it has been called "a love letter...One of the greatest, and the longest, ever written" (quote from Richard Ellmann, as related in the web site Library Thing). A scarce volume, with only fifteen copies having been published and OCLC recording ten copies with institutions, leaving only five remaining (assuming all have survived); the most recent auction record we found was almost forty years ago, in 1981. ___DESCRIPTION: Bound in full grey cloth over boards, black lettering on the front and the rest of the binding plain; octavo size (9.25" by 6 1/8"), pag … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Swan's Fine Books, ABAA, ILAB, IOBA [United States]

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