Lady Windermere's Fan. A Play About a Good Woman - Oscar Wilde 1908 - Methuen & Co., London - One of 1, 000 copies Ladies and Gentlemen. I have enjoyed this evening immensely. The actors have given us a charming rendition of a delightful play, and your appreciation has been most intelligent. I congratulate you on the great success of your performance, which persuades me that you think almost as highly of the play as I do myself’. - Oscar Wilde’s opening night speech to the audience of the St. James’s Theatre.

Wilde found little success on the stage until he switched to comedy, writing
Lady Windermere’s Fan whilst in the Lake District in 1891. He chose to take a percentage rather than an advance of £1,000, and due to the great success of the play he earned £7,000 in the first year alone (over £500,000 today).
  ‘My Dear Robbie, ...... I want you to be my literary executor in case of my death......’ - taken from Oscar Wilde’s letter to his friend Robert Ross from Reading Gaol, April 1st, 1897. Through the efforts of Ross as executor, the first set of Wilde’s works were published in 1908 although limited to only 1,000 copies.

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  Bound in the original elegant cream buckram bindings with gilt titles, emblems and top edges, printed on fine woven, uncut hand made paper.   Condition: Near fine, toning to tai of spine, internally fine.   Ref: 104985   Price: HK$ 4,800