Item #19091507 The Picture of Dorian Gray. Oscar Wilde, Osbert Burdett, Henry Keen, Introduction, Illustrations.
The Picture of Dorian Gray
The Picture of Dorian Gray
The Picture of Dorian Gray
The Picture of Dorian Gray
The Picture of Dorian Gray

The Picture of Dorian Gray

New York: Dodd, Mead and Company, 1929. Keen, Henry. 2nd Printing. Hardcover. Second printing of this version with illustrations by Henry Keen, octavo size, 266 pp., with dust jacket. Near Fine / good. Item #19091507

The only novel written by Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), "The Picture of Dorian Gray" is seen as "a classic of gothic literature", adapted many times to both the stage and film (n.b., quote from Wiki).

This the second printing of this work with illustrations by Henry Weston Keen (1899-1935), who only illustrated a handful of books before dying of tuberculosis at a young age. His "vivid and imaginative drawings are quite bizarre and show the influence of Sidney Sime and Beardsley" (Alan Horne, The Dictionary of 20th Century British Book Illustrators). We prefer to call his illustrations stunning, magical, and somewhat surreal - in any event they are not to be missed. In addition to creating the full-page illustrations, Henry Keen also often created special endpapers and chapter headings for his books, presenting us with the book as a true work of art.

The volume is stunning in its design and execution, with the black-and-gilt binding by Dodd, Mead in near-perfect condition, the sunflower and butterfly design on the cover bright, the sunflower and lettering on the spine also bright, and with Henry Keen's other-worldly illustration art on the endpapers, chapter head- and tail-pieces, initial capitals, and twelve full-page illustrations.

___DESCRIPTION: Bound in full black cloth over boards, designs and lettering in gilt on front board and spine, black-and-white illustrated endpapers, title page in green and black with a small illustration also in green and black, large (8- and 9-line) decorative initial capitals for Introduction and Preface in green, large decorative initial capitals for each chapter in black, the twelve illustrations bound in throughout; octavo size (9 5/8" by 6 3/8"), pagination: [i-vi] vii-xvi [1-2] 3-250. Dust jacket of heavy black paper, green design on the front panel which mirrors that on the front board, green design and lettering on the spine which also mirrors that on the book, back panel and both flaps blank.

___CONDITION: Volume near fine, with clean boards, straight corners with miniscule rubbing, a strong, square text block, the interior is clean and bright, and the sole prior owner marking we see a discreet gift inscription on the verso of the half-title dated "5-28-1932"; head and tail of spine with minor bumping and a touch of wear, the front hinge just starting and the rear hinge solid. The dust jacket we are grading as good only due to a closed tear along most of the front joint (due to the paper being somewhat brittle) which is not visible under the protective mylar, small chips at the head and tail of the spine, and light edgewear along the top.

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Price: $400.00