THE SPHINX

[First Edition (1 of 200 copies)]

1894

First English Edition

By: Oscar Wilde

Elkin Mathews and John Lane: At the Sign of the Bodley Head [London]

Biblio: (Mason 361)

8vo (44 pages. One of 200 copies produced in England at the Ballantyne Press)

Hardcover [Gilt-stamped vellum leather]

Item Number: 13611

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Description

One of Wilde’s great works and one of English literature’s great feats of book design, executed by Wilde’s friend, the artist and typographer Charles Ricketts, who was given full reign over every aspect of this book’s typography, binding and illustration. The text features ten of Rickett’s risque wood-engraved illustrations, nine of them full-page. The volume is richly bound in full vellum with Ricketts’ sinuous decorations gilt-stamped on the covers, front and rear.
This is a very good copy, entirely unfoxed, though the slender vellum boards have bowed just enough to separate slightly from the inner pastedown edges. There are two discreet bookplates on the front pastedown, one of which has left a tiny shadow on the front free endpaper oppositie. Otherwise a uniquely fresh copy presented here in a burgundy quarter-leather cloth solander with an internal cloth slipcase lined in marbled paper.