THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST: A Trivial Comedy for Serious People; By the Author of Lady Windermere's Fan.

London: Leonard Smithers and Co., 1899. First edition. Stated limitation of 1000 copies. This copy not numbered, as usually seen. In the scarce variant binding, recorded only as "some copies" having been bound as such [Mason & Millard 381, note to]. According to Mason and, subsequently, Millard, Wilde insisted in a letter to the publisher, Leonard Smithers, that the binding be "uniform with that of the two comedies previously published." This is, however, uniform with IDEAL HUSBAND, published later the same year. Spine tanned and spine gilt dulled, scant eighth-inch loss from head of spine, boards show some fading and discoloration, glass ring to front board. Contents altogether unmarked and fine.
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