THE BALLAD OF READING GAOL. By C. 3. 3.
THE BALLAD OF READING GAOL. By C. 3. 3.
THE BALLAD OF READING GAOL. By C. 3. 3.

THE BALLAD OF READING GAOL. By C. 3. 3.

Leonard Smithers. London. 1898.

FOURTH EDITION. Tall 8vo. (8.8 x 5.7 inches). A light stain to the bottom margin of one page, otherwise a very good example which has been finely bound in attractive half red morocco by Zaehnsdorf of London. Spine with raised bands, the compartments ruled in blind and decorated & lettered in gilt. Red cloth on boards. Marbled endpapers. Top edge gilt, the other edges untrimmed. The binding dates from the mid to late twentieth century. A neat previous owner's bookplate on the front pastedown endpaper. ------ Published under the pseudonym "C. 3. 3." which stood for his cell block, landing and cell number, while serving 2 years for Gross Indecency, the poem is based on the execution of a fellow inmate who had been convicted of murdering his wife and generated one of the great verses from Wilde, "Yet each man kills the thing he loves, By each let this be heard, Some do it with a bitter look, Some with a flattering word, The coward does it with a kiss, The brave man with a sword !"

Item #10028

Price: £300.00