“To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance": Signed Limited Edition of Oscar Wilde's An Ideal Husband
An Ideal Husband.
Item Number: 96121
London: Leonard Smithers and Co, 1899.
First signed limited edition of Wilde’s classic comedic stage play. Octavo, original lavender publisher’s cloth with gilt titles to the spine and gilt flourishes to the spine and front panel. One of 100 large paper copies signed by Oscar Wilde, this is number 85. In near fine condition with a touch of toning. A superior example.
Wilde’s play premiered in January 1895 to an audience that included the Prince of Wales, and was an immediate success. Together with The Importance of Being Earnest, An Ideal Husband is often considered Wilde's dramatic masterpiece. After Earnest, it is his most popularly produced play. It has been adapted to film several times, first in 1935, most recently in 1999 starring Julianne Moore, Minnie Driver, Cate Blanchett and Rupert Everett.