The Soul of Man Under Socialism by Oscar Wilde 1st 1912
First edition with Robert Ross's preface published by Arthur L. Humphreys in 1912. This is in very good + condition. The wrapper is relatively complete. The spine is faded and there are a couple of marks, one on the front panel and one at the top of the back panel. There is a piece of tape to the top of the spine on the reverse of the jacket. The book itself has two marks in the same place as the wrapper. The pages are very clean and the book is in a very tidy condition. Overall very good +
"The Soul of Man under Socialism" is an 1891 essay by Oscar Wilde in which he expounds a libertarian socialist worldview and a critique of charity. The writing of "The Soul of Man" followed Wilde's conversion to anarchist philosophy, following his reading of the works of Peter Kropotkin. This is the first edition with a preface by Robert Ross. The Preface was Ross's way of acknowledging Arthur Humphrey's kindness in not raising copyright issues when this title appeared in the 1907-08 Library Edition of Wilde that was edited by Ross.