Newdigate Prize Poem Ravenna

Author: Oscar Wilde

Book ID: 47439

Price: 495.00

Newdigate Prize Poem. Ravenna. Recited in The Theatre, Oxford, June 26, 1878. Oxford: Thos. Shrimpton and Son, 1878. Pages, 16. Rebound in half brown morocco, with gilt rules to boards and gilt tile to spine, one raised band with gilt floral device to 3/4 length of spine; original printed wrappers bound in at end of text, light foxing to title page otherwise a very good copy, handsomely bound. First pirated edition. A line for line reprint of Shrimpton’s original edition, though the type is different and the University Arms, on the title-page and front wrapper of the original, is omitted. ‘During a vacation ramble in 1877 he started from Greece, (and) visiting Ravenna by chance on the way, he obtained material for a poem on that ancient city, and singularly enough, ‘Ravenna’ was afterwards given out as the topic for the Newdigate competition’. (The Aesthetic Movement in England by Walter Hamilton). (Mason, 301).

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