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Easton Press "Lady Windermere's Fan" and "The Importance of Being Earnest" Oscar Wilde
Easton Press 'Lady Windermere's Fan' and 'The Importance of Being Earnest' Oscar Wilde, Leather Bound Collector's Edition


 
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A wonderful bright clean copy free of any markings, writings, or stamps. Sharp corners that have not been bumped. Unread book with tight binding. No bookplates attached or indication of any removed. The gilded page edges are free of any marks, scratches, or blemishes.

  $125.00
Publisher: Easton Press
Binding: Full Genuine Leather
Dimensions: Very Fine


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Product Code: 480-106

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A Luxurious Leather Bound Masterpiece for Your Very Fine Library


Limited Edition - Collector's Edition. A great unique gift for yourself or for a loved one. "Lady Windermere's Fan" and "The Importance of Being Earnest". Part of prestigious The Collector's Library of Famous Editions published by Easton Press. Beautifully illustrated and luxuriously bound in full genuine forest green leather. A rare collector's edition that is hard to find, especially in this very fine condition.

Includes the original NOTES FROM THE ARCHIVES. Introduction by Sir John Gieilgud. Illustrated by Tony Walton. Commissioned in 1973. 245 pps. An over-sized elegant volume measuring 11.5" x 7.5".

One of the most celebrated works of popular literature by a historical writer. A true classic for your home library or office. Includes extra unattached Ex-Libris bookplate for your own personalization. Includes original collector notes.

Condition
Very Fine. A wonderful bright clean copy. Free of markings, writings, or stamps. No attached bookplates or indication of any removed. Tight spine. Not even a single scratch to the gilded page edges. Unread book.


Includes the classic Easton Press qualities:

 * Premium Leather
 * Silk Moire Endleaves
 * Distinctive Cover Design
 * Hubbed Spine, Accented in Real 22KT Gold
 * Satin Ribbon Page Marker
 * Gilded Page Edges
 * Long-lasting, High Quality Acid-neutral Paper
 * Smyth-sewn Pages for Strength and Durability
 * Beautiful Illustrations

PHOTOS OF ACTUAL VOLUME


The Importance of Being Earnest is a comic play by Oscar Wilde. It premiered on 14 February 1895 at the St. James's Theatre in London.

Set in England during the late Victorian era, the play's humour derives in part from characters maintaining fictitious identities to escape unwelcome social obligations. It is replete with witty dialogue and satirizes some of the foibles and hypocrisy of late Victorian society. It has proved Wilde's most enduringly popular play.

The successful opening night of this play marked the climax of Wilde's career but also heralded his impending downfall. The Marquess of Queensberry, father of Wilde's lover Lord Alfred Douglas, attempted to enter the theatre, intending to throw vegetables at the playwright when he took his bow at the end of the show. Wilde was tipped off and Queensberry was refused admission. Nonetheless, Queensberry's hostility to Wilde was soon to trigger the latter's legal travails and eventual imprisonment. Wilde's notoriety caused the play, despite its success, to be closed after only 83 performances. He never wrote another play.

Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde (16 October 1854 30 November 1900) was an Irish playwright, poet and author of numerous short stories and one novel. Known for his biting wit, he became one of the most successful playwrights of the late Victorian era in London, and one of the greatest celebrities of his day. Several of his plays continue to be widely performed, especially The Importance of Being Earnest.

As the result of a widely covered series of trials, Wilde suffered a dramatic downfall and was imprisoned for two years' hard labour after being convicted of homosexual relationships, described as "gross indecency" with other men. After Wilde was released from prison he set sail for Dieppe by the night ferry. He never returned to Ireland or Britain.


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