Vol. IV

No. 10


Issues no 42: October-November 2007



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A monthly report on Wilde and related subjects for sale.

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Please mention THE OSCHOLARS if ordering or inquiring, as this will help keep us on mailing lists.


It is taking a while to re-establish contact with booksellers, but we hope this page will be an early port of call for those seeking (or wanting) books on Wilde and the fin-de-siècle. It will, we hope, also serve to chart fluctuating prices. Obviously it can never replace such facilities as Abe or Amazon, but we hope that it will offer background to our other pages.



I. Auctions


IV. Bookshops & Publishers


II. Books


V. Ebay


III. Posters


VI. Endpiece






We plan to increase our coverage of the auction rooms, and hope to appoint and Associate Editor charged with this.  On 11th December, Sotheby’s in London are holding an auction of Victorian and Edwardian paintings.  Click on the catalogue to browse through it.

Sotheby’s are also holding a sale of Swiss Art on 27th November in Zürich, in which for our purposes the most interesting works are by Vallotton and, predictably, Hodler.  For the complete catalogue, click

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Booksellers may contact us as with lists of their 1890s material.


Sandra Solomon of Turn of the Century Books is offering a small book titled Wildeania, published by A.L. Chatterton in New York.  It is not dated but looks to be ca. 1900.  It is maroon cloth bound with a painting inset in a small oval in the front board.  She is open to offers for this, her research leading her to believe that the only copy in an American library is in the Clark..




A list of books offered by Delectus Books was published in our December 2006 edition: further selections were given in January and February 2007. Some of these may still be available. Books offered by Delectus (and others) relating to the fin-de-siècle in France will be found in our sister publication Rue des beaux arts.  Delectus can be found at


We thank Delectus for a further list of 57 items, of which we publish 28 this month, the rest to follow in our December issue.


1.      [028652] Adams, Jad. Madder Music, Stronger Wine: The Life of Ernest Dowson, Poet and Decadent. London: I.B. Tauris & Co., 2000. First Edition. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Hard Cover. New / New. ISBN: 1860644708. A biography of Ernest Dowson who was a major poet of the late-Victorian Decadent period who wrote some of the most quoted lyrics in English verse including them 'gone with the wind' and 'days of wine and roses', showing how his strange delights and sexual excesses were worked into the pure verse of lyrics such as 'Cynara'.  £8.99


2.      [029474] Adlard, John. Stenbock, Yeats and the Nineties. London: Cecil & Amelia Woolf, 1969. First Edition. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. Cloth. New / New. ISBN: 0900821043. Biographical exploration of the man described by W.B. Yeats as "Scholar, connoisseur, drunkard, poet, pervert, most charming of men." Includes an unpublished essay on Stenbock by Arthur Symons and a bibliography by Timothy d'Arch Smith. Limited to 750 copies, this copy not numbered.  £45.00


3.      [026201] Beckford, William. Vathek. London: Creation Books, 2000. First Thus. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Paperback. New / . ISBN: 1840680180. A crawling meditation on the transgressions of the depraved. Witches, demons, human sacrifices and other spectral horror all mark the progress of Vathek as he journeys to the underworld on his pilgrimage to the underworld, where his sins and damnations flower into eternal torture. First published in the late 18th Century in French, William Beckford’s Gothic classic Vathek was revised by the author in 1816. The book includes lithographs by the symbolist artist ODILON REDON, complementing the bizarre text and making this the most completely decadent edition available in print. Vathek features an illuminating introduction by Jeremy Reed discussing both the text and the eccentric life of William Beckford, a youthful millionaire who spent his fortunes on building the ultimate Gothic folly, where he indulged in such homosexual vices that he was finally exiled from England.  £2.45


4.      [028929] Beckson, Karl and Munro, John M. (Editors). Arthur Symons: Selected Letters 1880-1935. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 1989. First Edition. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Hard Cover. New / New. ISBN: 087745213X. In this volume of selected letters of the symbolist critic and poet, Arthur Symons (1865-1945), the editors have included the best of Symons' extensive correspondence with such figures as Joseph Conrad, James Joyce, Paul Verlaine, Edmund Gosse, Thomas Hardy, W.B. Yeats, Augustus John and many others.The letters reveal the world of literary London in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries, of the development of early Modernism and of Symons' sudden mental breakdown in 1908. Supplementary material is included, such as a long previously unpublished letter on Symons by Havelock Ellis, his friend for over forty years. Edited by Karl Beckson and John M. Munro. Symons (1865-45), poet and critic, became a friend of Yeats, G. A. Moore, and H. Ellis, and attended the Rhymers' Club; his early volumes of poetry (Days and Nights, 1889; London Nights, 1895) were very much of their time in their celebration of decadence and the demi-monde of stage, street, and Café Royal. He was editor of the Savoy, 1896, and published Beardsley, Conrad, Dowson, L. P. Johnson, etc. His The Symbolist Movement in Literature (1899) was an attempt to introduce French Symbolism to England, and he wrote critical studies of Blake, Baudelaire, Pater, Wilde, and others. He is largely remembered as a leading spirit in the Decadent movement, a defender of ‘art for art's sake’. Includes a select bibliography of Symons' works.  £9.99


5.      [027144] Beerbohm, Max. Around Theatres. New York: Greenwood Press, 1969. First Thus. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Cloth. New / No Jacket, as Issued. ISBN: 0837103037. Beerbohm succeeded George Bernard Shaw as dramatic critic of the Saturday Review in 1898, and many of his reviews are here reprinted W.B. Yeats, Synge, Henry James, Oscar Wilde, J.M. Barrie, Sarah Bernhardt, Duse, Ellen Terry, Yvette Guilbert, etc. An unread copy.  £19.95


6.      [021964] Benson, Arthur C.. Rossetti. London: Macmillan & Co., 1906. Second Printing. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. Cloth. Ex-Library. Good / No Jacket. Biography of Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Rebound in strong library binding,  £15.00


7.      [026001] Booth, Martin. A Magick Life: The Life of Aleister Crowley. London: Coronet, 2001. Third Printing. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. Paperback. New ISBN: 0340718064. Aleister Crowley, occultist, poet, novelist, bisexual adventurer and drug user was not a man to inspire half-hearted reaction in his own lifetime. He was either adored or vilified. So Martin Booth's crisply written, agenda-free biography which sets out simply to tell the truth objectively is a welcome addition to Crowley literature. Born to a wealthy brewing family, Crowley, whose parents belonged to the fanatical Plymouth Brethren sect, had a miserably repressed childhood. He spent much of the rest of his life apparently trying to shake off what he regarded as the filth of Christianity. Magic for Crowley, who decided while still at Cambridge in 1898 on a career as a magus, was intrinsically linked to human will. He came to believe that he and his disciples could control almost anything by exerting will. Like the poet WB Yeats he joined the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. Eventually he became leader of the Order of the Oriental Templars or Ordo Templi Orientis, which survives as a huge international cult organisation and gave Booth access to its archives. As Booth says "Crowley may have been oversexed but he was first and foremost a religious and not a debauched character". But famously, and how the tabloid press loved it, Crowley believed that sex was what liberated the creative force necessary to his "work" and he had ritual (and spontaneous) vaginal and or anal intercourse with many hundreds of women and men all over the world. Sometimes the rituals--upon which Booth is to be congratulated for sparing us too many prurient details--involved animals too. Drugs changed the perception of the participants. Booth's book does what it promises. It provides the extraordinary facts and leaves you to decide for yourself from an informed position whether this man--in whom interest has grown considerably since his death in 1947, especially during the 1960s--was merely a degenerate charlatan or an impassioned, although arguably misguided, magical missionary, pitiful at the end of his life.  £5.95


8.      [009933] Bristow, Joseph. Effeminate England: Homoerotic Writing after 1885. New York: Columbia University Press, 1995. First Edition. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Laminated Boards. New / No Jacket as Issued. ISBN: 0231103484. Explores the legacy of effeminacy in homoerotic literature that began more than a century ago with the 1885 Labouchere Amendment criminalizing male homosexual contact and Oscar Wilde's subsequent incarceration. This broad overview looks into the century that followed these defining moments in the history of gay literature, demonstrating how the effeminate behaviour that came to be connected so solidly with male homosexual identity has manifested itself in the literature of gay male writers in England. Focuses closely on the works and lives of several prominent British literary figures of the past century, including E.M. Forster, John Addington Symonds, and Quentin Crisp. In a concluding section, the author evaluates the impact of the AIDS epidemic on gay men's writing and offers a thoughtful, original reading of Alan Hollinghurst's novel, The Swimming Pool Library. The author shows how the stereotype of effeminacy has been variously celebrated and challenged over the years, from Forster's strong moral distinction between "feminine" and "effeminate" in Howards End to the camp effeminacy in the writing of Ronald Firbank. The book shows how different writers have helped to attach sentiments of stigma and pride, loathing and love, to the stereotype of the effeminate gay man through their literature. Includes notes, bibliography and index.  £14.99


9.      [025832] Carter, Margaret L.. The Vampire in Literature: A Critical Bibliography (Studies in Speculative Fiction, No. 21). Ann Arbor: UMI Research Press, 1989. First Edition. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Cloth. New / New. ISBN: 0835719987. The definitive bibliography of the vampire in fiction, verse and dramatic works. Includes text by Devendra P. Varma. An essential reference for the academic and vampire fan. Last few copies. An unread copy.  £17.95


10.  [028814] Castle, Gregory. Modernism and the Celtic Revival. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001. First Edition. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Hard Cover. New / New. ISBN: 052179319X. A study of the impact of anthropology on the work of Irish Revivalists such as W.B. Yeats, John M. Synge and James Joyce arguing that anthropology enabled Irish Revivalists to confront and combat British imperialism.  £24.00


11.  [025815] Chandler, Alice. A Dream of Order: The Medieval Ideal in Nineteenth-Century Literature. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1971. First Edition. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Cloth. As New / Fine. ISBN: 0710070373. The nineteenth century medieval revival was a response to an increasingly depersonalized and industrialized age. It was part of the quest for exaltation and timeless beauty that dominated the Romantic era and part, too, of the search for faith and order that characterized Victorian times. This study examines the way in which a half mythical, half historical conception of the Middle Ages dominated the Romantic and Victorian periods, showing how this idealized medieval past was used as a standard and corrective for the social and spiritual ills of the age.  £20.00


12.  [029297] Colvin, David. Aubrey Beardsley: A Slave to Beauty. New York: Welcome Rain, 1998. First Edition. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Paperback in Wraps. New / New. ISBN: 1566490138. Creating some of the most striking imagery of the last hundred years, Aubrey Beardsley was probably the most notorious artist of the fin de siècle in England. Disturbingly erotic and sensuous, his drawings shocked many in the 1890s, yet endure as profoundly evocative of the Aesthetic movement associated with the work of Oscar Wilde, and have enjoyed a widespread resurgence in the wake of the sexual revolution of the 1960s. An art historian and publisher of arcane texts, David Colvin explores not only Beardsley's work in this richly illustrated volume, but views the artist's tragically short life and career through the impressions and remembrances of his friends and contemporaries.  £4.95


13.  [028787] Dowling, Linda. Language and Decadence in the Victorian Fin-de-Siecle. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1989. First Paperback Edition. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Paperback. New ISBN: 0691014728. Important study including Oscar Wilde, Ernest Dowson, W.B. Yeats, Arthur Symons, Algernon C. Swinburne, Walter Pater etc.  £25.00


14.  [026212] Fletcher, Ian (Editor). Decadence and the 1890s. New York: Holms & Meier, 1980. First US Edition. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Hard Cover. New / Very Good. ISBN: 0841905681. Collection of academic essays on the Victorian decadence and symbolists movements including one on Victorian flagellation literature and another on poet Algernon Swinburne's love of the lash. Collection of academic essays on the Victorian decadence movement including one on Victorian flagellation literature and another on poet Algernon Swinburne's love of the lash. Full contents: R.K.R. Thornton (Decadence in later nineteenth-century England), Jan B. Gordon (Decadent spaces: notes for a phenomenology of the Fin the Siècle), Chris Snodgrass (Swinburne's Circle of desire: a decadent theme), Jerrie Palmer (Fierce midnights: Algolagniac fantasy and the literature of the decadence), John Goode (The decadent writer as producer), John Lucas (From Naturalism to Symbolism), John Stokes (The legend of ELEONORA DUSE) and Ian Fletcher (Decadence and the little magazines). With bibliographical note and index.  £14.95


15.  [028431] Fryer, Jonathan (Robert Ross). Robbie Ross: Oscar Wilde's True Love. London: Constable Robinson, 2000. First Edition. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Hard Cover. New / New. ISBN: 0094797706. Best known as the young man who first seduced Oscar Wilde, Robbie Ross was able to maintain a firm position within the establishment being a regular guest at Downing Street while living an openly homosexual life. Robbie was a writer, critic, art dealer and administrator, and a pivotal figure on the London literary and artistic scene from the mid-1980s to his death towards the end of World War I. Above all he was Wilde's devoted friend, and years later his ashes were placed in Oscar's tomb as he had always wished.  £7.95


16.  [028154] Garelick, Rhonda K.. Rising Star: Dandyism, Gender and Performance in the Fin De Siecle. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1997. Second Edition. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Paperback. New ISBN: 069104869X. Locates a prototype of the star celebrity personality in the dandies and aesthete literary figures of the nineteenth century, including Beau Brummell, Baudelaire, Mallarme, and Oscar Wilde, and explores their peculiarly charged relationship with women and performance.  £8.95


17.  [023982] Gibson, Ian. The Erotomaniac: The Secret Life of Henry Spencer Ashbee. London: Faber & Faber, 2002. First Paperback Edition. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. Paperback. New ISBN: 0571209041. Ashbee compiled the most important bibliography of Victorian erotic literature ever published and most of his collection of pornography and erotica is now housed in the Private Case of the British Library. Ashbee was also suspected of writing Walter: My Secret Life. An unread copy.  £5.95


18.  [028538] Gladwell, Adèle Olivia. Blood and Roses: Vampires in 19th Century Literature. London: Creation Books, 1999. Second Edition. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Paperback. New ISBN: 1840860073. The definitive collection of 19th Century literature in which the vampire, or vampirism, both embodied and atmospheric, appears. Seventeen seminal texts by legendary European authors, covering the whole of that delirious period from Gothic and Romantic, through Symbolism and Decadence to proto-Surrealism and beyond, in a single volume charged with sex, blood and horror. Includes: Bram Stoker, Edgar Allan Poe, Charles Baudelaire, Arthur Machen, Le Comte de Lauteamont, Count Stenbock, J-K Huysmans, Jean Lorrain, Theophile Gautier, Charles Nodier, J Sheridan Le Fanu, Edward Bulwer Lytton, Oscar Wilde, Ivan Turgenev, Charlotte Bronte, J.M. Ryder.  £6.95


19.  [000842] Gray, John. Some Unpublished Poems. Edinburgh: The Tragara Press, 1987. First Edition. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Paperback in Wraps. Private Press. New / New. ISBN: 0948189177. Hand numbered limited edition 122/145. Edited with notes by Ian Fletcher. John Gray (March 2, 1866 - June 14, 1934) was an English poet whose works include Silverpoints, The Long Road and Park: A Fantastic Story. Born in the working-class district of Bethnal Green, London, he is known today mostly as an aesthetic poet of the 1890s and as a friend of Ernest Dowson, Aubrey Beardsley and Oscar Wilde. He was also a talented translator, bringing works by the French Symbolists Mallarmé, Verlaine, Laforgue and Rimbaud into English, often for the first time. Purported to be the inspiration behind the title character in Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray, Gray distanced himself from this. His relationship with Wilde was initially intense, but had cooled for over two years by the time of Wilde's imprisonment. Like many of the artists of that period, Gray was a convert to Roman Catholicism in the late '90s. He left his position at the Foreign Office and studied for the priesthood at the Scots College, Rome and later became a priest at Saint Patrick's and a rector at Saint Peter's in Edinburgh. His most important supporter, and life partner, was the wealthy poet and early defender of homosexuality, Marc-André Raffalovich. He continued to write poetry of a high caliber for the rest of his life; later works were mainly devotional and often dealt with various Christian saints. His collected poems, with extensive notes, were printed in a 1988 edition edited by English professor and nineties expert Ian Fletcher. He died in 1934 at St. Raphael's nursing home in Edinburgh after a short illness. Rare.  £20.00


20.  [029552] Guerlac, Suzanne. The Impersonal Sublime: Hugo, Baudelaire, Lautreamont. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1990. First Edition. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Cloth. New / New. ISBN: 0804717869. Study of the aesthetics of the sublime tracing its trajectory from romanticism through symbolism and decadence to modernism. The question of the sublime, which links the idea of aesthetic force with rhetorical impact and moral law, has been an important topic in discussion of eighteenth and nineteenth-century art and the shift between them. This book argues that the sublime is equally important in understanding the shift from romanticism to modernism later in the century. The author studies the work of three French authors conventionally considered pivotal figures in the trajectory from romanticism to modernism: Hugo, father of romanticism; Baudelaire, precursor of symbolist modernism; and Lautreamont, hero of (post) modernism. She traces this literary-historical as Hugo's Quatre-vingt-treize and L'Homme qui rit, Baudelaire's Spleen de Paris and Petits poemes en prose, and Lautreamont's Chants de Maldoror and Poesies - all seen from a perspective of the aesthetics of the sublime. This perspective is developed through analyses of the treatises on the sublime by Longinus, Boileau, Burke, and Kant. The author blends three points of view in her exploration, historical, theoretical, and literary and demonstrates that specific questions relevant to our comprehension of romanticism, modernity, and the sublime pervade the texts studied. While each reading is meant to stand on its own and to respect the specificity of the work in question (as well as the broader commitments of that writer), the author suggests that a developing argument concerning the sublime can be appreciated only by following the connections made in the passage from one text to another. Finally, the author argues against the dominant critical treatment of the sublime in the Anglo-American context, which analyzes the sublime in phenomenological terms and associates it with a psychoanalytic notion of sublimation. Hugo, Baudelaire, and Lautreamont reveal the sublime to be at work in the modern French context in a desublimating and nonphenomenological mode, one that is ultimately more compatible with fundamental issues at stake in the sublime such as the enhancement of, and challenge to, the notion of the aesthetic per se that characterizes art developments in the modern period. Includes notes, bibliography and index.  £12.95


21.  [023408] Hearn, Lafcadio. Pre-Raphaelite and Other Poets. London: William Heinemann, 1923. First U.K. Edition. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Cloth. Ex-Library. Good / No Jacket. Edited by John Erskine. Rebound in strong library binding.  £20.00


22.  [001217] Hough, Graham. The Last Romantics. London: Gerald Duckworth, 1949. First Edition. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Cloth. Ex-Library. Good / No Jacket.  £15.00


23.  [021791] Hunt, John Dixon. The Pre-Raphaelite Imagination 1848-1900. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1968. First Edition. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Cloth. Ex-Library. Good / Good. ISBN: 0710060343.  £14.00


24.  [029022] Huysmans, J.K.. La Bas (Down There). London: Fortune Press, 1952. First Thus. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Cloth. New / No Jacket. Superb decadent novel about Durtal, a man obsessed with satanism and the French child murderer and satanist Gilles de Rais. Preface and notes by Allan Hull Walton and Montague Summers. An English translation from the original French by Alfred Allinson. (D'Arch Smith 299) Some pages uncut.  £5.95


25.  [003679] Huysmans, J.K.. En Menage (Living Together). London: Fortune Press, 1969. First English Edition. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Cloth. Fine / No Jacket. ISBN: 0852400101. Superb novel set in late 19thc. Paris by the author of The Vatard Sisters, La Bas and Marthe. The only English edition based upon the 1881 French original. Translated, with introduction, notes and Huysmans bibliography by J.W.G. Sandiford-Pelle. Written when Huysmans was under the influence of Emile Zola's naturalist style.  £25.00


26.  [024863] Huysmans, J.K.. Marthe. London: Fortune Press, 1958. First Edition. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Cloth. New / No Jacket. ISBN: B0000CK15Y. Capturing the lively linguistic inventiveness of the original, it also includes an introduction and comprehensive notes. First published in 1876, "Marthe" was an important landmark in J.K. Huysmans's literary career: it was the 28-year old writer's first excursion into the novel form and propelled him into the growing ranks of the Naturalist movement, then beginning to take shape under Zola's direction. "Marthe" was one of the first French novels to tackle head-on the subject of prostitution, a theme that was to become a central preoccupation in the work of many novelists, painters and poets. Set in and around the demi-monde of the Parisian music hall, it centres on a would-be actress, Marthe, who works in one of the lowest dives in Paris, and tells the story of her brief and ultimately doomed relationship with Leo, a romantic searching for something to take the place of his lost illusions. "M. Huysmans leads us into places so foul, dens so iniquitous, that his readers, however shameless you imagine them to be, can no longer follow him". - "Gazette Anecdotique", 1876. J. K. Huysmans's early works excel in their descriptive ability and he is one of the greatest authors in describing the life of Paris and its surroundings as witnessed by his Parisian Sketches. Superb decadent novel about a man's obsession with a prostitute in 1890s Paris. Translated and with an Introduction by Robert Baldick. An unread copy, all pages uncut.  £9.99


27.  [015668] Huysmans, J.K.. Parisian Sketches. London: Fortune Press, 1962. First English Edition. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Hard Cover. New / No Jacket. ISBN: B0000CLKFE. This series of sketches represents a Huysmans who still held within him love/hate fascination with Parisian life, before he would turn his back on Paris, and Zola's realist movement, in A Rebours and the guidebook like novels charting the adventures of Durtal, his alter ego. If these Parisian Sketches are Baudelairean in one sense, where beauty and pleasure are drawn from deviance and repugnance, and the city dweller's manipulation of nature in order to match his bloated requirements evokes his own beautiful downfall, they just as easily evoke the colourful world of Renoir and Monet. They are impressions that precede the delight of Jean Renoir's "French Can-Can" as much as the bourgeois hypocrisies of Bunuel's "Belle de Jour". A translation of Croquis Parisiens by Richard Griffths. The first English edition of these delightful prose poems. (d'Arch Smith 304). Rare.  £10.95


28.  [029172] J-.K. Huysmans, J.C. Babcock (Translator). The Vatard Sisters. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 1983. First English Edition. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Cloth. New / Fine. ISBN: 0813114268. Superb novel set in the brutal teeming life of the industrial quarters of Paris in the 1870s. The sisters are Desiree, an urchin of fifteen, a brunette with large pale eyes, plump without being fat, attractive and clean; and Celine, the carouser, a big girl with clear eyes and hair the colour of straw, a solid vigorous girl whose blood raced and danced in her veins. Their lives revolve around the gas lit bookbindery where they work and the cheap wine shops of their quarter, all of which Huysmans describes in minute and colourful detail. Written when Huysmans was under the influence of the works of Emile Zola. First and only translation of the 1878 edition of Les Soeurs Vatard by James C. Babcock.  £25.00







FOOTLIGHTS Gallery & Gifts, 240 East Main Street, Ashland, OR 97520, USA, Phone & Fax: 541-488-5538 (Voice: 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Pacific Time, 18:00-2:00 UTC) (Fax: 24 hours) E-mail: specialises in theatre posters. No Wilde posters are currently offered but we note the following:


·              BELLE EPOQUE 2004 Lincoln Center Theater production, Art by James McMullan 14x22" Cardstock $25;

·              DANCE OF DEATH Ian McKellen and Helen Mirren star in Strindberg's classic 14x22" Cardstock $25;

·              DRACULA 2004 Broadway production. Music by Frank Wildhorn 14x22" Cardstock $18;

·              ELEPHANT MAN Revival with Billy Crudup,Kate Burton14x22"Cardstock $25 ONE ONLY;

·              JEKYLL & HYDE 1997 Broadway Production 14x22" Cardstock $20;

·              TURN OF THE SCREW Acting Company production. Jeffrey Hatcher adaptation. Art by Scott McKowen 13x19" Poster Stock $25.

·              VINCENT AT BRIXTON 2003 Lincoln Center Production Play by Nicholas Wright about van Gogh in London. Directed by Richard Eyre; 14x22" Cardstock $20.






The company AllPosters has a selection of Wilde-related (and of course other) posters, prints and photographs that it sells on-line. The image here is currently offered, Oscar WildeAmong The Audience 46 x 61 cm.  Alfred Gish Bryan 42,90 €


AllPosters also offer a number of Sarah Bernhardt posters and prints, of which we will be publishing one in each issue of THE OSCHOLARS.  This month, Bernhardt by Louise Abbema



The site can be reached by clicking on the picture below, which is one of those that is also currently for sale.

Tite Street
Tite Street




We also draw readers’ attention to the International Poster Gallery, which specialises in Vintage posters, though the use of this term is rather imprecise.




One of the very few London bookshops that was known to Wilde and survives to this day was Hatchard’s, and its general manager at the time, Arthur Humphreys, was a close friend of Constance Wilde’s. Wilde is one of the six customers named on their website. Hatchard’s is at 187 Piccadilly, and its website can be reached by clicking its picture to the left. Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 9.30 - 7.00 p.m., Sunday 12.00 - 6.00 p.m. Telephone 020 7439 9921

Galignani’s, 224 rue de Rivoli, is a few steps from the Hôtel Wagram (now no longer an hotel), where the Wildes stayed on their honeymoon. The oldest English bookshop on the Continent, one imagines that it has little changed to-day. The photograph is of Charles Jeancourt Galignani, the proprietor in Wilde’s day. Click the photograph for Galignani’s splendid website.



We also like to commend the following bookshops because they salute Oscar Wilde. We are interested to know of others.


Oscar Wilde Buchhandlung und Versand at Alte Gasse 51, 60313 Frankfurt Tel.: 069/28 12 60 Fax: 069/297 75 42. Internet:; e-mail:  The website has been redeveloped since we last visited it.




Dorian Bookstore, 802 Elm at Madison, Youngstown, Ohio 44505-2843. This, however, is no longer present at its Internet: (although our search engine still locates it there) and perhaps a reader has news?




The Oscar Wilde Book Shop (15 Christopher Street, New York, NY 10014 E-mail: now has a website at This shop (in Greenwich Village) was founded in 1967, was the world's first gay bookshop. After many crises it is now owned and managed by Kim Brinster.  It is possible to buy a wide range of products as well as books, on-line.  The ‘T-shirt’ below has the words Oscar Wilde, New York City printed on it.





Also specialising in the fin-de-siècle is Le Lien et le Ligne, the bookshop of M. Bruno Leclercq, which can be found by clicking its banner. This is more than an on-line bookseller, more of a site dedicated to its subject by an enthusiast. Among the books offered at the moment for a modest 13 € is Frank Harris: Ma vie et mes amours. Traduction de Madeleine Vernon et H. D. Davray. Gallimard, 1960, in-8, broché, 540 pp., pliures au dos, bel exemplaire non coupé.

‘Ses souvenirs trop sulfureux pour les pays anglo-saxons, furent tout d'abord publiés hors commerce en anglais en France. Frank Harris fut l'un des rares écrivains du Royaume-Unis à prendre la défense de son ami Oscar Wilde. Ecrivain et journaliste il fut aussi cow-boy dans le Far-West (cette partie de sa vie fit l'objet d'un film), Harris connut bien des personnages importants, mais ce sont les femmes qui l'ont sans doute le plus interréssé.’




We also recommend another French site, Edition Originale. Click its strangely attenuated colophon and then use the search facility for Wilde items, eighteen at time of writing.




Offstage Bookshop opened in 1982 as London's only specialist theatre and film bookshop. They stock an extensive range of technical and theoretical books in the performing arts and film. Their primary strength is the wide selection of titles stocked, and ability to find any book you need quickly and with no fuss. They now describe themselves as ‘firmly embedded’ in Treadwell’s Bookshop, in Covent Garden. (34 Tavistock Street, London WC2E 7PB). Treadwell’s itself is known for stocking books and arranging talks concerned with the writers of the decadence, with a leaning towards the occult.

Offstage has a website, which offers customers a worldwide mail order service. Offstage also provides offsite bookstalls at festivals and conferences for teachers and practitioners.



We draw your attention to The Peacock Mirror which offers on-line a selection of books, prints and other products focusing on Pre-Raphaelite, Symbolist and fin-de-siècle art. For a while off the screen, it has now returned in revived spirits. Click the image below for their website.


Last year we reproduced pictures of the calendars offered through this site. We showed three for 2008 in our last issue, and here are three more:






We here add the names of independent publishers who specialise in the books of the period. The Rivendale Press, our own publisher, gets special mention. Its list can be found at

Elsewhere in this edition of THE OSCHOLARS we have mentioned the books being published by Callum James, Valancourt and Mondial. Their lists can be consulted at, and

Tragara Press has a website currently (13th November 2007) under construction; we recommend the bibliography compiled by Steven Halliwell.  See ­

We plan gradually to increase this list and hope readers across the world will assist.





Ebay is an on-line auction house where many Wilde items are offered, from second-hand paperbacks to playbills to limited editions: 382 items when we looked for this issue, 392 for the previous one.  We have set up this link –––-> which will take you straight to ebay's Wilde pages.

This month we select for illustration the following, which were recently on offer:



Le Jeune Roi 

followed by 

Le Géant Egoiste

Illustré par Aquenza et Nardini

29 pages Edition O.D.E.J  Paris 1963

Oscar Wilde et Quelques Autres


Lord Alfred DOUGLAS

Traduit de l'anglais par

Arnold van Gennep

Librairie Gallimard-N.R.F. 1930

In-8, broché, 243 pp., 1 portrait de Wilde en frontispice, 2 portrait de Douglas


Oscar Wilde,

Tel Que Je L'ai Connu

Alin Caillas

1971, La Pensée Universelle

Première édition

137*180 mm, 160 pages, broché à cahiers, couverture souple grise titrée rouge, intérieur trés frais, 12 pages d'illustrations n&b d'époque sur papier couché hors-texte

Salomé. 1893. Inscribed and with an ALS. INSCRIBED AND WITH AN ALS WILDE, OSCAR. Salomé. 8vo, rebound in 3/4 vellum over blue boards, title and Wilde's name stamped along spine, lightly soiled; original silver-lettered purple wrappers, faded as usual; front blanks lacking. Paris: Librairie de l'’Art Indépendant / London: Elkin Mathews and John Lane, 1893

This started at $6,000.




Descriptions are those of the booksellers, and without any reason for disbelief, nonetheless THE OSCHOLARS cannot vouch for their accuracy (while sometimes appreciating their quaintness).






‘Blue Plaque’ mug, available from English Heritage at £9.99



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