Oxford: The Holywell Press, 1905. [Literary Biography] LIMITED EDITION. Octavo (21 x 16cm), pp. 110 . From an edition of 500 copies. With five illustrated plates, including a frontispiece caricature of Wilde. Publisher's slate blue paper-covered boards with red and black titles to paper labels on spine and upper. All edges untrimmed. Bookseller's label to front pastedown. Some light toning and marks to endpapers, decorative 'ex-libris' sketch to flyleaf (origin unknown). Light wear to boards, bumping to corners. Spine toned, with rubbing to label. Very good. Anticipating the highly-regarded bibliography of the works of Oscar Wilde, this publication by Mason translates Gide's French tribute, which was originally published in the June 1902 edition of 'L'Ermitage.' It also contains a poem by Wilde not reprinted since its original appearance in 'Dublin University Magazine' in 1876; a sonnet by Augustus M. Moore; and a list of Works with bibliographical notes. Sketching their encounters in Paris, Algeria, and Northern France, Gide eulogises his friend as a 'great Viveur' - someone who lived exceptionally well, but wrote only indifferently by comparison. Item #58002
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