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114. The Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde, with 19 illustrations by Sandow Birk and an introduction by Merlin Holland, Wilde’s grandson.

The Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde, with 19 illustrations by Sandow Birk and an introduction by Merlin Holland, Wilde’s grandson. November 2018.

The book is quarto in format, 12-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches, 152 pages. The type is Bookman in Monotype and hand composition, ornamented with initial Phyllis capitals from the press’s extensive collection of historic types.

The artist, Sandow Birk, has created 19 original drawings, ink on mylar, that have been reproduced by polymer plates. There are 9 full page images, 9 half-title vignettes, and a frontispiece. The type and artwork have been printed by letterpress on mouldmade 90gsm Magnani Raffaello paper.

The 225-copy standard edition has decorative initials printed in green ink. It is machine sewn and bound with an olive green cloth spine and paper sides imprinted with titling and a foil stamped butterfly. The book is housed in a paper slipcase with label.

The 25-copy deluxe edition has decorative initials foil stamped in genuine 22k gold. It is hand sewn with linen thread and silk endbands, and bound in half olive green leather with cloth sides. A handmade Barcham Green paper label is stamped with the title in gold. The book is housed in a cloth slipcase.

The total edition is limited to 250 copies for sale. All are signed by the artist, and the deluxe edition is also signed by Merlin Holland, Wilde’s grandson and the author of our introduction. An additional 26 lettered copies hors de commerce have been reserved for complimentary distribution to participants in the project.

Subscribers will be offered the first opportunity to purchase the deluxe edition, and five copies have been reserved for new subscribers – please contact us for details. Other customers may add their names to a reservation list.

The price for the standard edition is $800. The deluxe edition is $2,200.

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Edition:

Format: Quarto, 12-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches, 152 pages, printed by letterpress from Monotype and polymer plates. Nine full page illustrations and ten vignettes. The edition is limited to 250 copies for sale; 225 in the standard edition with green initials, bound in cloth and paper with slipcase; 25 in the deluxe edition with gold initials, bound in leather and cloth in a slipcase. Standard edition: $800. Deluxe edition: $2,200.

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