The Happy Prince and Other Tales. Illustrated by Walter Crane and Jacomb-Hood.
by Wilde, Oscar.
8vo. London: David Nutt, 1888. 8vo, (8), pp, with a frontispiece and 2 plates by Crane and illustrations throughout by Jacomb-Hood. Original faux vellum pictorial boards, covers toned, a bit soiled, spine darkened, some overall light wear. Blue quarter morocco slipcase. Presentation copy inscribed “from EVB to Bella Sept. 1888”. First edition; 1000 copies printed. The collection of stories for children established Wilde's reputation as an author, with the Athenaeum comparing him to Hans Christian Andersen. It was and remains one of Wilde’s most treasured and popular works. An interesting association copy: “EVB” was Eleanor Vere Boyle, an English artist and author of the Victorian era considered the most important female illustrator of the 1860s. “Bella” is likely Isabella Albinia Boyle, one of her children. Mason 313. Osborne II, 1038. (Inventory #: 109941)
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