[ Printed item. ] Catalogue of Choice Books including a Collection of First & Rare Editions of the Works of Oscar Wilde. [ Including reproduction of caricature of Wilde by George Finch Mason. ]
24pp., 8vo. Pagination includes the wraps, which carry the last two pages. With frontispiece plate: 'Oscar Wilde | Unpublished Caricature | By Finch Mason | [item 31]'. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper, in worn and chipped wraps. Wilde's name has been underlined in red pencil on cover. The Wilde items comprise the first 41 items, and are preceded by the following note: 'Owing to the delicate colours chosen for binding the original editions of the works of Oscar Wilde such "fine" copies as the following are rarely obtainable.' The most expensive item is a signed copy of the 1898 edition of 'The Ballad of Reading Gaol' at £30, followed by a first edition of 'An Ideal Husband' at £21. The Finch Mason caricature of 'Oscar' seems a snip at 63 shillings. It is described as unpublished, and 'done on grey cardboard in pencil and slightly tinted pastel'. It would now appear to be in Columbia University Library.