WILDE, Oscar. An Ideal Husband. Association copy with bookplate [First edition, first impression]

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London: Smithers, 1899. Octavo. First edition, first impression. pp. [xiv], 213. Original lavender publisher's cloth with gilt titles to the spine and gilt flourishes to the spine and front panel. Decorative bookplate of Georg Mecklenburg on front pastedown. One of 1,000 copies printed. Top edge gilt. Light wear to extremities and usual mild fading. A nice copy.
Mason 385
Wilde could write English of silken delicacy, but in his choice of epithets there are frequent traces of that ‘industry’ which he denounced as the ‘root of all ugliness’. Oscar Wilde’s third comedy, ‘An Ideal Husband’ premiered at the Haymarket on 3 January 1895, before Wilde’s trial, but was not published until after his release from prison. This edition was published anonymously. There was no author stated on the first printing, with merely “By the Author of Lady Windermere’s Fan” printed on title page. This work together with The Importance of Being Earnest, it is often considered Wilde’s dramatic
masterpiece.
Provenance: From the library of Georg Mecklenburg. In 2017 an ex-libris of Georg Mecklenburg could be returned. The bookplate was clearly attributable to Georg Mecklenburg, born in Königsberg in 1869. The son of the merchant Louis Mecklenburg and his wife Rosalie moved from Königsberg to Chemnitz, where he owned the dye works & Kunath & Mecklenburg From 1921 to 1927 he was chairman of the Jewish community of Chemnitz. Mecklenburg was also on the board of the Zentralverein der deutschen Juden and was active as a patron and art collector. Georg Mecklenburg took his own life in February 1932. He was first married to Lucie Mecklenburg née Manasse who died in 1916. His second wife Margarethe Mecklenburg née Pulvermacher lived in Berlin after his death. She was deported to Auschwitz in 1942 and murdered there in 1943.

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