The Picture Of Dorian Gray (first book edition)
Wilde, Oscar

The Picture Of Dorian Gray (first book edition)

London: Ward Lock and Co., (1891). First edition N.d. (1891) .First edition in book form, preceded by the 1890 appearance in Lippincott's Magazine. 8vo. in three-quarter polished dark brown morocco over navy cloth boards; raised hubs, spine lettered and compartmented in gilt; marbled endpapers. vii + 334 pp. with fore edges uncut. A tight, internally clean example, scattered foxing to the marbled endpapers and a touch of foxing to the final leaf of text. The binding, while polished, shows previous scuffing down primarily the left side of the spine strip and has some fading to the leather along the left side of the front cover. Wilde's most famous and widely known work, this tale of horror about a dissipated "young" man whose aging and sinfulness shows not on his person but only on a painted portrait of himself that is kept locked away. Famously, the tale was a result of a luncheon between Wilde, Arthur Conan Doyle and their Lippincott publisher who challenged them to each produce a thrilling short story that would appeal to a broad, popular readership; Wilde produced "The Picture of Dorian Gray" and Doyle the Sherlock Holmes novella "The Sign of Four". Very Good Leather_bound (Item ID: WE16660)


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