Paris: Librairie de l’Art Independant (and) Londres: Elikin Mathews et John Lane, The Bodley Head, 1893. Sm. 4to, 84, (1, imprint)pp. Original purple wrappers in a purple quarter morocco slipcase. A little creased but a very good copy of a fragile booklet. First edition, limited to 600 copies, device by Felicien Rops on the title page. “Wilde's play was rehearsed during June 1892 for production at the Palace Theatre in London with Sarah Bernhardt in the title role. The Lord Chamberlain refused a licence, however, owing to the representation of Biblical characters on the public stage. It was decided therefore to move the premiere to Paris. This edition was published on 22 February 1893, the purple binding chosen deliberately by Wilde: in a letter to Campbell Dodgson the author remarked that "Bosie is very gilt-haired and I have bound Salome in purple to suit him" (Complete Letters of Oscar Wilde, ed. Merlin Holland, pp.555-56). He also presented a copy to Bernard Shaw, remarking, "Salome presents herself to you in purple raiment" (op.cit., p.554).” (Sothebys). (Inventory #: 109916)
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