The Importance of Being Earnest, a Trivial Comedy for Serious People, in Three Acts. London and New York: Samuel French, ca. 1900. WITH: Oscar Wilde Poems in Prose and Private Letters. Including an Intimate Preface by Frank Harris. (New York ?): Pearson’s (25c) Library,1919. Oscar Wilde.

The Importance of Being Earnest, a Trivial Comedy for Serious People, in Three Acts. London and New York: Samuel French, ca. 1900. WITH: Oscar Wilde Poems in Prose and Private Letters. Including an Intimate Preface by Frank Harris. (New York ?): Pearson’s (25c) Library,1919

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Together two pamphlet volumes. 8vo. 52 pp., original printed wrappers, stapled; and 31 pp., original printed wrappers, stapled with separation of the wrappers at the spine; this copy with pencil notes on the verso of the final leaf and a few examples of underlining in the text.

Later printing of The Importance of Being Earnest, with a notice on the front wrappers that reads, “The Amateur Fee for each representation of this Play is Five Guineas, payable to Samuel French, Limited, 89, Strand, London.”

The text of the Poems was originally published in 1894 by the Fortnightly Review in London, this is a first edition with Frank Harris’s homage to Wilde.

Price: $200.00

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