Detail of the Vellum backstrip and Card Boards for Charles Ricketts’s design for Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray. 1891. Card with gilt overlays, 3 x 3 inches. [Click on image to enlarge it.]

This is a detail of Ricketts's daisies on the front cover. The book is otherwise quite plain - the vellum backstrip is bare except for lettering at the base, while the boards only bear the gilt design on the front cover. The book was issued in a dust-wrapper and good copies, without the jacket or with it, are extremely rare. The image shown here is taken from a damaged copy.

Photograph and text by Simon Cooke. Reproduced by kind permission of an anonymous collector [You may use this image without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you (1) credit the photographer and (2) link to this URL in a web document or cite it in a print one.]


Wilde, Oscar. The Picture of Dorian Gray. London: Ward & Lock, 1891.

Created 18 August 2018