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THE BALLAD OF READING GAOL By C 3 3
Leonard Smithers. London. 1898. FIRST EDITION. One of just 800 copies printed on hand made paper. There were another 30 issued on Vellum. Tall 8vo. (9 x 5.8 inches). Very good copy in publishers plain mustard coloured cloth covered boards and white linen spine with gilt lettering. The spine is toned but the gilt still bright and clear. The corners are a little bumped but overall a very good copy. --- Published under the pseudonym "C. 3. 3." which stood for his cell block, landing and cell number, while serving 2 years for Gross Indecency, the poem is based on the execution of a fellow inmate who had been convicted of murdering his wife and generated one of the great verses from Wilde, "Yet each man kills the thing he loves, By each let this be heard, Some do it with a bitter look, Some with a flattering word, The coward does it with a kiss, The brave man with a sword !".
      [Bookseller: Paul Foster Books]
Last Found On: 2015-07-07           Check availability:      Biblio    

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