The Trials of Oscar Wilde. Regina (Wilde) v. Queensberry - Regina v. Wilde and Taylor. Edited with an introduction by H. Montgomery Hyde. With a foreword by Rt. Hon. Sir Travers Humphreys. London: Hodge, 1948. Pp, 384. Illustrated with plates. Red cloth boards, title lettered in giklt to spine. A fine copy.
The detailed story of the trials in which Oscar Wilde was the principle figure at the Central Criminal Court in London in 1895. Wilde sued the Marques of Queensberry for criminal libel but was forced to abandon the case when lawyers informed the court that they intended to call several male prostitutes as witnesses to testify against him. As a result, Wilde was forced to pay costs and was left bankrupt; his assets were seized and sold at auction to pay the claim. Queensberry then sent the evidence collected by his detectives to Scotland Yard, which resulted in Wilde being charged and convicted of gross indecency under the Criminal Law Amendment Act 1885 and sentenced to two years' hard labour in Reading Gaol.