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Oscar Wilde Selections

De Profundis, Wilde, Oscar, Introduction by Vyvyan Holland, Philosophical Library, 1st American Edition, 1st printing. 6 ½ x 8 ¾, 9 oz, 148p.

This is a hard cover book bound in blue cloth with darker blue lettering on cover and spine. It’s wrapped in yellow dust jacket with red border and lettering. There’s a list of other Philosophical Library Titles on the back of the jacket. The price is unclipped and states $4.00

This is the first American printing of Oscar Wilde’s last works of prose wrote while he was in prison. It’s written as a letter and starts “Dear Bosie,-after long and fruitless waiting I have determined to write to you myself, as much for your sake as for mine, as I would not like to think that I had passed through two long years of imprisonment without ever having received a single line from you, or any news or message even, except such as gave me pain.”

This first edition text is a wonderful edition for any Wilde collector and it is in beautiful condition with only some darkening to the spine of the jacket from the sun.

Non-fiction Philosophy and Biographical

I will add Harris’ biography of Oscar Wilde to the purchase for no additional cost

Oscar Wilde, Harris, Frank, Michigan State University Press, 1959. 4th edition,
reprint of 1919 edition. 6 ¼ x9, 358p.
Dust Jacket price unclipped states $7.00

Title is a hardcover book in yellow cloth with red gilt lettering on the spine. There was a newspaper review placed into the front cover causing a square stain, otherwise the book is as bright and clean as the day it was printed. Dust Jacket is light blue with orange and blue print. The dust jacket has sun staining to the spine and edges where it was exposed to the light. There are notes in red ink on end paper quoting some comments by Michael Mac Liammoir, who wrote and performed a play called “The Importance of Being Oscar,” based on Wilde’s life.

The article that was placed in the book is a review of another book titled “Bosie: Lord Alfred Douglas, His Friends and Enemies” by Rupert Croft-Cooke.
It shall stay in the book.

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De Profundis, Oscar Wilde - First American Edition - Philosophical Library


  • Vintage item from the 1950s
  • Materials: paper, cloth
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