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Private Press, Illustrated Books and Modern First Editions

Wednesday 30th January 2019: 10:30am GMT

124Gray, Silverpoints, 1893

Gray

Estimate: £2,000 - 3,000

Hammer Price: £7,500

Full Lot Details

Gray (John) Silverpoints, first edition, number 12 of only 25 large paper copies, decorative initials by Charles Ricketts, original decorated vellum, gilt, designed by Ricketts, uncut, tall narrow 8vo, Elkin Mathews and John Lane, 1893.

⁂ Rare deluxe edition of one of the most significant literary works of the decadent 1890s, by the poet and translator John Gray (1866-1934), one-time protegé of Oscar Wilde and part of the Aesthetic Movement. He was the lifelong partner of Marc-André Raffalovich, the French writer on homosexuality, and is believed to have been the model for Oscar Wilde's Dorian Gray but later became a Catholic priest.

Full Lot Details

Gray (John) Silverpoints, first edition, number 12 of only 25 large paper copies, decorative initials by Charles Ricketts, original decorated vellum, gilt, designed by Ricketts, uncut, tall narrow 8vo, Elkin Mathews and John Lane, 1893.

⁂ Rare deluxe edition of one of the most significant literary works of the decadent 1890s, by the poet and translator John Gray (1866-1934), one-time protegé of Oscar Wilde and part of the Aesthetic Movement. He was the lifelong partner of Marc-André Raffalovich, the French writer on homosexuality, and is believed to have been the model for Oscar Wilde's Dorian Gray but later became a Catholic priest.