104 East 25th Street, New York, NY 10010  | 
(212) 254-4710  |  Mon - Fri, 10AM - 6PM
Follow Us:
  • We are happy to call you during the auction and place bids on your behalf. To arrange phone bidding, please call Swann's bid department during business hours.

    (212) 254-4710 ext. 0
    Mon - Fri 10AM - 6PM


    Or, e-mail a list of lots with the sale number and your contact information to phonebids@swanngalleries.com. Be sure to include a phone number where we can reach you.

    Bids may also be submitted via fax. Send a list of lots with the sale number and your contact information to (212) 979-1017. You will receive a confirmation before the sale.

    Sale 2514 | Lot 26
    Price Realized: $6,240With Buyer's Premium
    Show Hammer Price
    • Click Image To Enlarge

      Additional Images
    • Sale 2514 Lot 26

      OSCAR WILDE (1854-1900)

      The Chameleon: A Bazaar of Dangerous and Smiling Chances.

      Vol. 1 no. 1 (all published), containing the first appearance of Wilde's "Phrases and Philosophies for the Use of the Young," two poems by Lord Alfred Douglas, and the editor John Bloxam's "The Priest and the Acolyte." 4to, 3/4 brown morocco gilt; top edges gilt; original wrappers bound in. Small book label, clipped newspaper printing of "Wilde's Easter Day," and a carbon copy of "The Shadow of the End" by John Gambril Nicholson laid in. London: Gay and Bird, [1894].

      Estimate $2,500 - 3,500

      scarce first, limited, and only edition. number 18 of 100 copies.
      Wilde had been invited to contribute a handful of witticisms to The Chameleon, the Oxford University journal, which also included a poem written by Wilde's lover, Lord Douglas. Wilde's link to the journal, as well as the misattribution to him of the risqué "The Priest and the Acolyte," were later used as evidence in his trial for acts of indecency in which the prosecutor interrogated Wilde about the last line of Douglas' poem Two Loves, "the love that dares not speak its name." As a result, Wilde was arrested and convicted of gross indecency and sentenced to two years hard labor.

      Price Realized (with Buyer's Premium) $6,240