WILDE, OSCAR. 1854-1900.
Two leaves, pp 31-34, from the first appearance of The Picture of Dorian Gray in Lippincott's Monthly Magazine for July, 1890, with Wilde's autograph revisions toward the book-version published in April 1891, leaves mildly smudged and thumbed. Housed in olive green levant morocco, gilt, silk doublures and endleaves, padded out with blanks, by Wood, for John B. Stetson.
Provenance: John B. Stetson, Jr. (bookplate); Anderson Galleries, April 23, 1920 to John C. Tomlinson; Anderson Galleries, January 17-18, 1928; Dr. Noel L. Cortes (b.1907, bookplate and printed description).
APPARENTLY THE ONLY SURVIVING PORTION OF THIS IMPORTANT STATE OF REVISION. Four pages excised from Lippincott's Monthly Magazine extensively corrected, with Wilde's autograph revisions and additions in the margins. Wilde's changes closely approximate the text as published by Ward Lock, but still contain a few marked differences, indicating another proof or subsequent copy, now lost. The changes in these pages include several characteristic passages here first introduced, among them are the exchange: "[Basil]: Are you serious? [Lord Henry]: Quite serious, Basil. I should be miserable if I thought I should be ever more serious than I am at the present moment"; and the splendidly Wildean, "[Lord Henry, just before Dorian's entrance]: "As for marriage, of course that would be silly, but there are other and far more interesting bonds between men and women. I shall certainly encourage them. They have the charm of being fashionable."
From the collection of the greatest Wilde collector, John B. Stetson, Jr, this revised manuscript was sold with his library in 1920, alongside the typescript for the Lippincott printing with Wilde's corrections (now at the Clark Library), as well as corrected manuscript drafts for the new chapters three (also at the Clark), fourteen and fifteen. A major find for Wilde scholarship and an important relic of Wildean history; likely the only remaining manuscript portion of this major cultural touchstone in private hands.