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WILDE, Oscar (1854-1900).
The Picture of Dorian Gray.
London: Ward, Lock, and Co., [1891]. [Literature] FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE. Octavo (20 x14cm), pp.334. First issue showing the correct imprint (later Ward Lock and Bowden), plus the misprinting 'nd' on page 208, line 23. Bound in original grey paper-covered bevelled boards with titles and ornate gilt decoration to upper, parchment-backed, with grey-green endpapers, all edges untrimmed. Internally fine, ink note (dated 1950) to flyleaf, boards a little rubbed/marked to extremities, exquisitely respined in parchment to style. Presents as a near fine copy. The most popular of Wilde's books, The Picture of Dorian Gray appeared first in Lippincott's magazine in 1890. The story, as published in book-form, contains six new chapters, many alterations and much additional matter. After the famous trial the publishers, although inundated with orders for copies, withdrew the book from circulation. The unforgettable dark and brooding chiller set in high-society late-Victorian London; a coded and epigrammatic melodrama inspired by his Wilde's own tortured homosexuality. [Attributes: First Edition]
Bookseller: Adrian Harrington [UNITED KINGDOM]

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