London: William Reeves, 1895. First edition. Hardcover. Octavo. 45 (1)pp. Eriginal tan wraps with dark blue lettering bound in contemporary yellow cloth with gilt lettering on cover and spine. Yellow endpapers. Written on May 31, 1895, six days after Wilde was convicted in order to contradict the opinion that Wilde's writings were subversive and immoral. "It is not intended in this paper to reopen the question which, for all present practical purposes, was decided by the jury in Mr. Oscar Wilde recent trial at the Central Criminal Court, as to whether of not he had committed certain misdemeanors. My present object is to offer some considerations in opposition to the mass of general vituperation with which the irresponsible public has thought fit to demonstrate its own virtue and its superiority to the author of Dorian Gray. I shall endeavor to show what appears to me to have been the spirit of Mr. Wilde's life and work, and to consider whether any unhealthy or morbid element can be found in them which can diminish the debt of gratitude which we owe to him as an artist..."
Listed in Mason # 679. Issued in light brown wraps lettered in dark blue. Copies in dark brown wraps were issued later. This copy the earlier issue. Binding rubbed with very light wear along edges. Original wraps with minor wear along foredge. Binding in overall good, interior in very good condition. g to vg. Item #40549