01/10/2009 Chiswick Curates
Collecting lots for our November specialist book sale is gathering pace, with the deadline fast approaching. One of the many lots already in the sale includes a copy of a rare volume by Oscar Wilde, including a dedication inside from Wilde.
Wilde, Oscar. The Sphinx... with decorations by Charles Ricketts, London: Elkin Matthews, 1894. 4to. Original vellum gilt designed by Ricketts. One of under 200 copies. Provenance: E.F. Benson (bookplate, and with his special annotations) Important presentation copy, the half-title inscribed, "To E.F. Benson, with the compliments of the author. Oscar Wilde, June '94"