In 1895 Hatchards published fifty copies of a little book of Oscar Wilde’s epigrams, taken from his published works. The original selection was made by Constance, his wife, but Oscar was not happy with the choices (‘the plays are particularly badly done’) and revised them. He also took an active interest in the publication, choosing the layout, specifying exact margins for the book and checking the proofs. This is the only collection of Oscar Wilde’s wit and wisdom chosen and endorsed by the author himself. A small pirated edition was republished in 1903 but otherwise it has remained hidden on the shelves of the early buyers for over a hundred years.
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‘I don’t regret for a single moment having lived for pleasure. I did it to the full, as one should do everything that one does.’ Oscar Wilde