The Picture of Dorian Gray | 1908, first illustrated edition, finely bound in French master binding.


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A luxurious first illustrated edition of Oscar Wilde's gothic classic, The Picture of Dorian Gray, with a unique French master binding crafted by Margaret Levy - black crushed morocco adorned with matt black, white, brown, and cream onlays in the shapes of a top hat with gloves and a walking stick with mounted brass knob. One of only 250 copies published but here one with a kind with this binding.

This decadent masterpiece is made even more beguiling with 7 full page engravings by Eugene Dete, based on drawings by Paul Thiriat. The first time Dorian Gray was illustrated. An exquisite example.

Description and Condition:

First illustrated edition, one of only 250 such examples but unique in this binding, large 4to, plates after Paul Thiriat, captioned tissue-guards, note from the publisher acknowledging later publication date loose, this offset to half-title, black crushed morocco by Margaret Levy, matt black, white, brown, and cream onlays of top hat with gloves and walking stick with mounted brass knob, spine lightly faded, rubbing along joints. A beautiful example and one of the coolest bindings this dealers has encountered

Published by Charles Carrington, Paris, 1908. (This book was due to be published in 1908, as per the title page, but the ill health of the illustrator caused publication to be postponed until 1910.)