The Ballad of Reading Gaol. Unauthorized Edition. (1899)
Book ID: 62509
The Ballad of Reading Gaol. London: Smithers, 1899. Unauthorized Edition. Quarter linen mustard boards, title lettered in gilt to spine. Covers lightly browned, faded along spine, contents in good condition.
The seventh edition, published in 1898, was the last of Smithers’s authorized editions and the first to include Wilde’s name in parenthesis of the title-page. Subsequent editions were published without Wilde’s consent & were printed on a poor quality paper & without stating edition issue.
Wilde’s epic poem, illustrating the emotional experiences of a condemned prisoner in his last days.