De Profundis

Fourth edition of Oscar Wilde's letter to Bosie


Oscar Wilde, preface by Robert Ross


Methuen, London, 1905
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Printing Details

Fourth edition, hardback, bound in the original blue cloth with gilt titling to spine and upper board. Pages untrimmed. Top edge gilt. ix, 19.5 × 13cm, 151pp + 40pp ads.

De Profundis is a 50,000 word letter written by Oscar Wilde during his imprisonment in Reading Gaol, to Lord Alfred Douglas, his lover. Wilde wrote the letter between January and March 1897; he was not allowed to send it, but took it with him upon release. In it he repudiates Lord Alfred for what Wilde finally sees as his arrogance and vanity.


A good copy. The boards are rubbed a bit and the pages are lightly foxed throughout. Some white speckled marks to covers. The binding is secure. Previous owner's names to the ffep.



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