Ricketts, Charles. Hard Cover. Bloomsbury: Nonesuch Press, 1932. Near Fine.
Limited edition, first issue of 800 copies, this copy being number 289. Publisher's decorative white cloth with Art Deco design in gilt by Charles Ricketts with his signature stamped in gilt, top edge gilt. Printed by George W. Jones at The Dolphin Press, typography by Francis Meynell, printed on laid paper with a pictorial unicorn watermarked to the front free endpaper, the publisher's emblem watermarked to the front fly leaf. A near fine copy with a touch of toning and very light wear to extremities, light foxing to top edge of front board, two tiny black marks to front board near spine, half-inch closed tear in the cloth to top of front hinge, offsetting to free endpapers, previous owner's bookplate to front pastedown and front free endpaper; with the rear panel and flaps of the original black dust jacket laid in. Overall, a gorgeous copy. Oscar Wilde: Recollections is a privately issued text by Charles Ricketts, the premier illustrator of Wilde's works. This is the second work the artist published under the pseudonym Jean Paul Raymond, following his 1929 Beyond the Threshold. Thomas Lowinsky explains in an introductory note, "Although the setting is invented the episodes and conversations were conscientiously taken from the diaries and letters that he kept. By this artifice Ricketts created a sympathetic audience for his words of passionate indignation at the fate of his friend." Oscar Wilde: Recollections unites Ricketts' admiration for Wilde along with his interests in book design and publication, as indicated by the beautifully decorated binding. Prior to this book's publication, Ricketts founded the Vale Press along with his close friend Charles Haslewood Shannon.