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WILDE, Oscar.
A Woman of No Importance.
London: John Lane at the Sign of the Bodley Head, 1894. Octavo. Original pink cloth, spine lettered in gilt, decorations by Charles Shannon to covers in gilt, all edges untrimmed. Housed in a purple cloth flat-back box by the Chelsea Bindery. A very attractive copy, some light soiling to cloth, some spotting around endpapers and edges, pp.38-9 with heavy offset tanning from laid-in newspaper clipping, but otherwise clean within, a very good copy. First edition, one of only 500 copies printed, this copy with a very scarce original programme for the play's first run at the Haymarket Theatre laid in, and dated by hand 20 May 1893 only a month after its 19 April premiere. The copy has purple ink ownership stamp of a Dutchman, A. W. J. van Sauschot, who may well have travelled to London to see the play. Also laid in are two later clippings, one from a London paper (dated 21 May 1907 by van Sauschot) with a review of the play's revival, and another an article on Oscar Wilde from a Dutch newspaper. Mason 364. [Attributes: First Edition]
Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA/ ILAB. [London, United Kingdom]
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