Autograph letter signed ("Oscar Wilde"), to George Haité, inviting him to call: "I will be at Cassells tomorrow 11.30-1.30. Pray come & see me", one page, integral blank, in fine condition, 8vo, [c.1887-1889]
This letter was written in Wilde's capacity as editor of The Woman's World, published by Cassell. It is to the designer, painter, illustrator and writer George Charles Haité, who did much illustration work for publications of the day (and is now chiefly remembered for the cover of The Strand Magazine). Two other recently discovered letters to him by Wilde indicate that he did indeed submit drawings for The Woman's World in one of which, presumably written after ours, Wilde tells him that his 'very charming' initial letter designs are surplus to requirement (Swann Galleries, 29 October 2009, lot 276). No letters by him are included in The Complete Letters of Oscar Wilde, edited by Merlin Holland and Rupert Hart-Davis (2000).