The Happy Prince and Other Tales. Illustrated by Walter Crane and Jacomb Hood. London: Nutt, 1889. Second Edition. Pp 116. Publisher's parchment paper boards, lettered in red & with woodcut illustration to upper cover. Covers dust soiled, heavy wear along spine with a little loss of parchment to head of spine. Browning to endpapers, contents pages generally in good condition. Housed in a collector's solander box. [Mason 313].
A collection of five stories first published in May 1888 (The Happy Prince, The Nightingale and the Rose, The Selfish Giant, The Devoted Friend, and The Remarkable Rocket). Crane illustrated the full-page plates (including the frontispiece), and Hood created the in-text illustrations for the chapter headings and the front cover.
Wilde wrote to George Kersley on publication: 'I am very pleased that you like my stories - they are studies in prose, put for Romance's sake into a fanciful form; meant partly for children, and partly for those who have kept the childlike faculties of wonder and joy, and who find in simplicity a subtle strangeness.'