London: Arthur L. Humphreys, 1905. [Aphorisms] SECOND PRINTING. Octavo (17 x 14cm), pp. 222 . Fine letterpress printing on handmade paper. Publisher's quarter cream paper over spine, with the printed paper title label, and grey paper over boards. Deckle edges. Some spotting to edges, endpapers, and covers. Spine toned, with wear and chipping to both head and tail. Very good. An originally-anonymous collection of Wilde's aphorisms and bon-mots, paired with his essay in favour of Anarchic Socialism, 'The Soul of Man Under Socialism' (1891), first published in 1904. After his release from prison in 1897 Wilde adopted the name Sebastian Melmoth, the eponymous hero of Charles Maturin's novel 'Melmoth The Wanderer.'. Item #59968
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