Cloth binding for Wilde’s ‘Poems’

Charles Ricketts


Cloth binding with gilt overlays

8½ x 5¾ inches

Ricketts's heraldic design encapsulates the sophisticated tone of Wilde's verse. Distinctly Art Nouveau in style, it is one of most elaborate and elegant covers of the period, and was widely imitated. The curious interlacing of the title and author's name typifies the designer's mannered treatment of lettering.

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  • Art Nouveau
  • Oscar Wilde (sitemap/homepage)
  • Photograph and text by Simon Cooke

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