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The Importance Of Being Earnest

By Wilde, Oscar




Set in England during the late Victorian era, the play's humour derives in part from characters maintaining fictitious identities to escape unwelcome social obligations. It is replete with witty dialogue and satirises some of the foibles and hypocrisy of late Victorian society. It has proved Wilde's most enduringly popular play. - [*Wikipedia*][1] [1]: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Importance_of_Being_Earnest


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The Importance of Being Earnest.

WILDE, Oscar.

London: Leonard Smithers and Co,, 1899. Square octavo. Original pale purple cloth, gilt lettered spine, gilt floral motifs from designs by Charles Shannon on spine and covers, edges untrimmed, pages uncut. Housed in a custom brown quarter morocco and cloth solander box and matching chemise. Housed in a purple quarter morocco solander box by the Chelsea Bindery. Cloth very slightly faded at spine and upper and inner edge of front board, a couple of small areas of cockling to front board, free endpapers browned as usual from reaction to pastedowns, still a near-fine copy, fresh and clean internally, with one unopened top edge. First edition, signed limited issue, number 46 of 100 large paper copies signed by the author. Wilde's last and greatest play opened to huge acclaim on Valentine's Day 1895 but was withdrawn after Wilde's failed libel suit against Lord Queensbury led to his arrest. The subsequent "utter social destruction of Wilde" (ODNB) meant that the play was not published in book form until February 1899, after Wilde's release from prison. Richard Ellmann comments that Smithers's handsome editions of Earnest and An Ideal Husband "brought Wilde a little money". The play was issued in a standard edition of 1,000 copies, this large paper edition, and 12 copies on vellum, most of which the author presented to his few loyal friends.

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The Importance of Being Earnest.

WILDE, Oscar.

London: Leonard Smithers and Co,, 1899. Square octavo (176 x 217 mm). Bound for Hatchards (Piccadilly) in near-contemporary green crushed half morocco, green cloth sides, title and decoration to spine in gilt, green marbled endpapers, top edge gilt, green silk page marker, original cloth bound-in to rear. Housed in a green quarter morocco solander box by the Chelsea Bindery. Spine slightly faded, touch of rubbing to extremities, slight foxing to prelims, otherwise internally clean. A lovely copy, attractively bound. First edition, signed limited issue, number 32 of 100 large paper copies signed by the author. The Importance of Being Earnest, Wilde's last play, opened to great acclaim on Valentine's Day 1895 but was withdrawn after Wilde's failed libel suit against Lord Queensbury led to his arrest. The subsequent "utter social destruction of Wilde" (ODNB) meant that the play was not published in book form until February 1899, after Wilde's release from prison. Richard Ellmann comments that Smithers's handsome editions of Earnest and An Ideal Husband "brought Wilde a little money". The play was issued in a standard edition of 1,000 copies, this large paper edition and twelve copies on vellum, most of which the author presented to his friends.

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Price: £ 29,500.00
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The Importance of Being Earnest: A Trivial Comedy for Serious People.

Wilde, Oscar

London: Leonard Smithers and Co, 1899. Limited first trade edition of the author's masterpiece, one of 1000 copies. Quarto, original publisher's lavender cloth stamped in gilt. In fine condition. Housed in custom half morocco clamshell chemise and case. A superior example, rare and desirable in this condition. First performed on 14 February 1895 at the St James's Theatre in London, it is a farcical comedy in which the protagonists maintain fictitious personæ to escape burdensome social obligations. Working within the social conventions of late Victorian London, the play's major themes are the triviality with which it treats institutions as serious as marriage, and the resulting satire of Victorian ways. Contemporary reviews all praised the play's humour, though some were cautious about its explicit lack of social messages, while others foresaw the modern consensus that it was the culmination of Wilde's artistic career so far. Its high farce and witty dialogue have helped make The Importance of Being Earnest Wilde's most enduringly popular play. The successful opening night marked the climax of Wilde's career but also heralded his downfall. The Marquess of Queensberry, whose son Lord Alfred Douglas was Wilde's lover, planned to present the writer with a bouquet of rotten vegetables and disrupt the show. Wilde was tipped off and Queensberry was refused admission. Soon afterwards their feud came to a climax in court, where Wilde's homosexual double life was revealed to the Victorian public and he was eventually sentenced to imprisonment. His notoriety caused the play, despite its early success, to be closed after 86 performances. After his release, he published the play from exile in Paris, but he wrote no further comic or dramatic work.

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The Importance of Being Earnest: A Trivial Comedy for Serious People.

Wilde, Oscar

London: Leonard Smithers and Co, 1899. Limited first trade edition of the author's masterpiece, one of 1000 copies. Quarto, original publisher's lavender cloth stamped in gilt. In near fine condition with a touch of rubbing. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional example. First performed on 14 February 1895 at the St James's Theatre in London, it is a farcical comedy in which the protagonists maintain fictitious personæ to escape burdensome social obligations. Working within the social conventions of late Victorian London, the play's major themes are the triviality with which it treats institutions as serious as marriage, and the resulting satire of Victorian ways. Contemporary reviews all praised the play's humour, though some were cautious about its explicit lack of social messages, while others foresaw the modern consensus that it was the culmination of Wilde's artistic career so far. Its high farce and witty dialogue have helped make The Importance of Being Earnest Wilde's most enduringly popular play. The successful opening night marked the climax of Wilde's career but also heralded his downfall. The Marquess of Queensberry, whose son Lord Alfred Douglas was Wilde's lover, planned to present the writer with a bouquet of rotten vegetables and disrupt the show. Wilde was tipped off and Queensberry was refused admission. Soon afterwards their feud came to a climax in court, where Wilde's homosexual double life was revealed to the Victorian public and he was eventually sentenced to imprisonment. His notoriety caused the play, despite its early success, to be closed after 86 performances. After his release, he published the play from exile in Paris, but he wrote no further comic or dramatic work.

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The Importance of Being Earnest.

WILDE, Oscar.

London: Leonard Smithers and Co,, 1899. Square octavo. Original pale purple cloth, title to spine in gilt, gilt floral motifs from designs by Charles Shannon to spine and covers, untrimmed. Near-contemporary ownership inscription to front free endpaper. Spine a little faded, three small holes possibly from worming to rear joint, very light rubbing to ends and corners, some slight dust soiling and a few minor marks to cloth. Internally sound and free from all but the faintest spotting; a very good copy indeed. First and limited edition, out-of-series copy out of an edition of 1,000 copies, in the scarce variant binding. The Importance of Being Earnest, Wilde's last play, opened to great acclaim on Valentine's Day 1895 but was withdrawn after Wilde's failed libel suit against Lord Queensbury led to his arrest. The subsequent "utter social destruction of Wilde" (ODNB) meant that the play was not published in book form until February 1899, after Wilde's release from prison. Richard Ellmann comments that Smithers's handsome editions of Earnest and An Ideal Husband "brought Wilde a little money". This copy is in the scarce variant binding, featuring a design with more elongated and extravagant gilt floral motifs compared to the standard version. This design was used later in the same year for the covers of An Ideal Husband.

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The Importance of Being Earnest

Wilde, Oscar.

Leonard Smithers, 1899 First Edition. First Printing. This is the first impression, which was limited to 1,000 copies. This original binding is bound in pale salmon cloth with gilt leaf stamping to panels. The cloth has wear at the extremities, rubbing and minor fraying. The corners are bumped and the spine ends are softened. There is what seems to be a stain from a glass on the bottom of the front board, and there is a very small burn mark to the back board near the spine. The pages are crisp and flat, having browned just slightly with age. The front inside cover is inscribed, "To La Belle Francaise 'Baby'" from "T--L--Y." (After extensive research, I think T-L-Y might be someone who was involved with the English or American theater scene in the 1940's or '50's.) There is a small contemporary note right above it, marked "Feb. 1901." Other than those two markings, the interior of the book is untouched and in wonderful condition. Overall, a lovely copy of this rare book in collector's condition. Trades and offers considered.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine.

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The Importance of Being Earnest

Wilde, Oscar

London: Leonard Smithers and Co, 1899. First Edition. Very Good. First Edition, one of 1,000 copies, though this copy is not numbered. In Very Good condition. Bumping to corners and wear at extremities. Soiling to cloth. Previous owner name and date to front free end paper. Toning to pages. A handsome copy.

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The Importance of Being Earnest

Wilde, Oscar

London: Leonard Smithers and Co., 1899 First edition, first printing, one of 1,000 copies. Publisher' pale lavender cloth with decorative leaf designs, lettered in gilt to spine, fore and bottom edges of text block untrimmed. A very good copy some light rubbing to the extremities, some fraying to the lower corner, light foxing to the first several leaves, and a former owner signature to the front endpaper. Mason 381. Widely considered Wilde's masterpiece, The Importance of Being Earnest is a three act play that was first performed in London at the St. James Theatre on February 14, 1895, under the direction of Mr. George Alexander. A satire on Victorian social obligations, the play features two protagonists, John Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff, both of whom use alternate identities to lead separate lives in the country and the city. Although the first performance was decidedly successful, The Importance of Being Earnest was closed after only 86 shows due to the negative publicity surrounding Wilde's controversial lawsuit with The Marquess of Queensberry. Wilde moved to Paris after his reputation was tarnished and ceased writing dramas, making The Importance of Being Earnest his final play.. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good.

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The Importance of Being Earnest; A Trivial Comedy for Serious People

WILDE, Oscar

London: Smithers, 1899. First. hardcover. very good(-). 151 pages. 8vo, original lavender cloth; slight lean, spine faded. London: Leonard Smithers, 1899. First Edition. A very good copy of Wilde's "last and greatest play". Number 117 of 1000 copies. Early faint ownership signature on flyleaf. End-leaves are browned, but he interior is clean & fine.

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The Importance of Being Earnest

Wilde, Oscar

London: Leonard Smithers and Co, 1899. First Edition. Hardcover. Good. First Edition, one of 1,000 copies; this copy is unnumbered. Good, with spine rebacked and cloth coloring heavily retouched, new endpapers, toned pages. Nothing too exciting, though a perfectly serviceable copy.

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The Importance of Being Earnest (One of 80 Copies on Japanese Vellum)

WILDE, OSCAR

London: Methuen and Co., 1908. 8vo. Single volume of the collected works from the set of 80 copies bound in full Japanese vellum. Gilt lettering and designs by Charles Ricketts to the front board with gilt lettered spine. Top edge gilt, other edges untrimmed, yapp edges. . Near Fine.

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The Importance of Being Earnest.

Wilde, Oscar.

London:: Methuen,, 1910. Limited. Decorative Cloth. Very Good. Green cloth cover with gilt titles and edging. One of a special edition of 1200 copies 'Presented by Mr George Alexander As a Souvenir of his Twentieth Year of Management of th St James's Theatre February 1st 1910.' George Alexander was the Actor/Manager whose company first staged this play in 1895, with Alexander playing the part of John Worthing. The preface to this edition is by Robert Ross. Edges are soiled and there is slight foxing to the endpapers. Previous owners inscription 'Margaret West Feb 2nd 1910'. An excellent and tight copy of an unusual edition.

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The Importance of Being Earnest: A Trivial Comedy for Serious People (New Mermaids)

Oscar Wilde

1980-02-04. New. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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The Importance of Being Earnest

WILDE, Oscar (1854 - 1900)

London: Samuel French Ltd, 26 Southampton St., n.d. [c.1900]. French's Acting Edition, 'The Dramatic Works of Oscar Wilde' No.1. pp.52. Publisher's decorative pale green paper covers printed in black with 'Gothic' title in two lines (some show the title over three lines, priority unknown). Original price 1d,.6s. Some trivial handling, chip to lower quarter of spine; near fine. An uncommon printing, not quite conforming to Mason's version; the preliminary leaves and adverts were never included here (ie the eralier text) yet the revised (later) address appears on the imprint. In addition, the binding is the earlier wired (not sewn) construction. A bibliographical complexity, but at least it's in nice shape. Mason 384.

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The Importance of Being Earnest

Oscar Wilde

Orchises Pr, 1990-06-01. Hardcover. Used:Good.

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THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST Easton Press

Oscar Wilde

Norwalk, Connecticut: Easton Press. 2007. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. Fine, Accented in 22kt gold, printed on archival paper with gilded edges, smyth sewing & concealed muslin joints. Bound In full leather with hubbed spines. Pristine. ; Easton Press Collector's Library of Famous Editions; 8vo 8" - 9" tall .

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The Importance of Being Earnest

Oscar Wilde

Quiet Vision Pub, 2002-05. Paperback. Good.

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The Importance of Being Earnest

Oscar Wilde

Book Jungle, 2008-07-28. Paperback. Good.

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Price: $311.48


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Importance of Being Earnest (Penguin Popular Classics)

Oscar Wilde

1995-09-08. New. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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The Importance of Being Earnest (100 Copy Limited Edition)

Oscar Wilde

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The Importance of Being Earnest

Oscar Wilde

1995-03-30. New. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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The Importance of Being Earnest: Classic Radio Theatre Series

Oscar Wilde

2010-07-13. Good. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. May be ex-library. Shipping & Handling by region. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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The Importance of Being Earnest

Oscar Wilde

Book Jungle, 2007-09-06. Paperback. Used:Good.

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The Importance of Being Earnest - A Trivial Comedy for Serious People.

WILDE, Oscar.

Methuen, London., 1910. First edition thus. Small octavo. pp [xvi], 181. One of 1200 copies printed for presentation by George Alexander as a souvenir of his twentieth year of management of the St. James's Theatre. Alexander had appeared in the first production of the play. Decorated cloth gilt. Top edge gilt.Small bump to edge of rear cover. Very good indeed. No dustwrapper.

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The Importance of Being Earnest

Oscar Wilde

1990-04-01. New. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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The Importance of Being Earnest

Oscar Wilde

1995-03-30. Good. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. May be ex-library. Shipping & Handling by region. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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The Importance of Being Earnest

Oscar Wilde

Book Jungle, 2008-07-28. Paperback. Used:Good.

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The Importance of Being Earnest (100 Copy Limited Edition)

Oscar Wilde

2019-01-15. Good. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. May be ex-library. Shipping & Handling by region. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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The Importance of Being Earnest

Oscar Wilde

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Oscar Wilde

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Importance of Being Earnest

Oscar Wilde

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The Importance of Being Earnest

Oscar Wilde

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The Importance of Being Earnest.; Illustrated by Tony Walton

Wilde, Oscar

Easton Press, 2007. Hardcover. As new, clean, tight & bright condition. 125pp., illus. Collector's Edition bound in genuine burgundy leather with raised bands, gilt lettering, edges and designs and silk moire endpapers with a silk ribbon marker.

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The Importance of Being Earnest

Oscar Wilde

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The Importance of Being Earnest (Webster's Korean Thesaurus Edition)

Oscar Wilde

2006-02-05. Good. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. May be ex-library. Shipping & Handling by region. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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The Importance of Being Earnest (Webster's French Thesaurus Edition) (French Edition)

Oscar Wilde

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The Importance of Being Earnest [With Map] (MacMillan Readers: Level 6)

Oscar Wilde

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Oscar Wilde

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The Importance of Being Earnest (Webster's French Thesaurus Edition) (French Edition)

Oscar Wilde

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Oscar Wilde

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Oscar Wilde

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The Importance of Being Earnest

Oscar Wilde

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016. Hardback. New.

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The Importance of Being Earnest (Webster's Chinese-Traditional Thesaurus Edition)

Oscar Wilde

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The Importance of Being Earnest (Prime Classics Library)

Oscar Wilde

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Oscar Wilde

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The Importance Of Being Earnest

Oscar Wilde

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Oscar Wilde

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Oscar Wilde

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The importance of being earnest; a trivial comedy for serious people. 1910 [FULL LEATHER BOUND]

Wilde Oscar -.

2019. SUPER DELUXE EDITION. New. Antique look with Golden Leaf Printing and embossing with round Spine completely handmade binding(extra customization on request like Color Leather, Colored book, special gold leaf printing etc.) Reprinted in 2019 with the help of original edition published long back [1910]. This book is printed in black & white, sewing binding for longer life, Printed on high quality Paper, re-sized as per Current standards, professionally processed without changing its contents. As these are old books, we processed each page manually and make them readable but in some cases some pages which are blur or missing or black spots. If it is multi volume set, then it is only single volume, if you wish to order a specific or all the volumes you may contact us. We expect that you will understand our compulsion in these books. We found this book important for the readers who want to know more about our old treasure in old look so we brought it back to the shelves. Hope you will like it and give your comments and suggestions. Lang: - eng, Pages 260. EXTRA 10 DAYS APART FROM THE NORMAL SHIPPING PERIOD WILL BE REQUIRED. (Normal Hardbound Edition is also available on request.)

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The Importance of Being Earnest (Acting Edition)

Oscar Wilde

2003-03-09. New. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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