Oscar Wilde

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"