Slim 8vo. London: Leonard Smithers, 1898. Slim 8vo, . 31ff. Printed on hand-made paper on one side of the page only. Original quarter white buckram, mustard boards, backstrip lettered in gilt, a good copy slightly soiled and backstrip browned. Quarter blue morocco slipcase. First edition, one of 800 copies on handmade paper. This controversial poem was written by Wilde under the pseudonym of the number he was given in prison. It includes some of Wilde’s most famous lines: “each man kills the thing he loves”; “some love too little, some too long, some sell while others buy”; “every prison that men build is built with bricks of shame”. (Inventory #: 109921)
Books and manuscripts in all fields, especially medieval illuminated and text manuscripts; material on California, Hawaii, and Pacific voyages; illustrated books and fine bindings from the 15th through the 20th century; children's books from 1750 to 1950; and fine press printing. William Blake, Mary Wollstonecraft, and Thomas Frognall Dibdin are special interests.
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