Lot 696: Wilde (Oscar)



2015-06-29 14:44:59

Lot 696: Wilde (Oscar). The Sphinx, with decorations by Charles Ricketts, 1st edition, Elkin Mathews and John Lane, 1894, decorated title-page and illustrations printed in pale red and green, a few leaves with some light scattered spotting, one leaf with creasing to lower outer corner, untrimmed, original pictorial vellum gilt, with design to upper cover by Charles Ricketts, and lower cover by Henry Leighton, some light discoloration to spine and outer edges, one or two minor marks and small scratch to lower right corner of upper cover, 4to (255 x 195mm) Mason 361. Ray, The Illustrator and the Book in England 262. Charles Ricketts was asked to design the first edition of The Sphinx by Oscar Wilde, and is the first book over which he exercised complete control of illustration, page and binding design. Generally regarded as Ricketts' masterpiece, and one of the most important illustrated books of the late nineteenth century. A significant po Dominic Winter's Children’s & Illustrated Books Auction June 2015 Thursday, 11th June 2015 Estimate: £1000-1500
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