A Woman of No Importance. A Play - Oscar Wilde 1908 - Methuen & Co., London - One of 1, 000 copies Oscar Wilde's audacious drama of social scandal centres around the revelation of Mrs Arbuthnot's long-concealed secret. A house party is in full swing at Lady Hunstanton's country home, when it is announced that Gerald Arbuthnot has been appointed secretary to the sophisticated, witty Lord Illingworth. Gerald's mother stands in the way of his appointment, but fears to tell him why, for who will believe Lord Illingworth to be a man of no importance.   ‘My Dear Robbie, ...... I want you to be my literary executor in case of my death......’ - taken from Oscar Wilde’s letter to his friend Robert Ross from Reading Gaol, April 1st, 1897. Through the efforts of Ross as executor, the first set of Wilde’s works were published in 1908 although limited to only 1,000 copies.

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  Bound in the original elegant cream buckram bindings with gilt titles, emblems and top edges, printed on fine woven, uncut hand made paper.   Condition: Near fine, several small (1cm or less) patches of soiling to boards.   Ref: 104986   Price: HK$ 4,800