The Ballad of Reading Gaol as Written by Oscar Wilde, and Done into a Book by The Roycrofters at their Shop, which is in East Aurora, Erie County, State of New York. Published: Elbert Hubbard, 1905. One of One Hundred Copies, on Japan Vellum, Numbered & Sighed by Elbert Hubbard (39). Publisher's device on title-page, print in red and black with beautiful Initial designs to each verse. Bound in half green morocco, tan paper boards, spine with raised bands, title stamped in gilt with floral motiffs to copmpartments. Light wear to covers, contents in near fine condition.
A lovely edition of Wilde's epic poem, published by the American writer, publisher, artist, and founder of the Roycroft artisan community, Elbert Hubbard. He died aboard the RMS Lusitania when it was sunk by a German submarine off the coast of Ireland on May 7, 1915.