Wilde, Oscar (play); Beardsley, Aubrey (cover)

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Price: $400.00

Place Published: Boston
Publisher: John W. Luce Company
Date Published: 1906
Edition: First Edition Thus
Book Id: 2676


Preceded in the U.S. only by the Copeland & Day limited edition (1894). 12mo. (19.5cm); slate gray paper-covered boards, with titling and illustration by Aubrey Beardsley stamped in dark green on front cover; original glassine overlay; [vi],36pp. Contemporary owners name (in ink) to upper front endpaper, small spot of rough erasure to upper front pastedown, with a barely perceptible degree of toning to board extremities; very Near Fine. Glassine is creased, toned, and edgeworn, with numerous short tears (two of them archivally mended on verso), and several chips; Good only.


Attractive copy of Wilde's tragic play, telling in one act the Biblical story of Salomé, step-daughter of the tetrarch Herod Antipas, who, to her step-father's dismay but to the delight of her mother Herodias, requests the head of John the Baptist on a silver platter as a reward for dancing the Dance of the Seven Veils. A well-preserved copy of a fragile and cheaply-manufactured book, seldom found in the original glassine. Not in Mason. Samuels Lasner 59G.

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