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Oscar Wilde Collection
Dalhousie University, Killam Memorial Library

Wilde, Oscar; Irish literature--19th century; Authors, Irish--19th century

Henry Hicks began the collection in 1945 with the acquisition of a complete set of the works of Oscar Wilde. He continued over the next 25 years to accumulate original works of Wilde and his circle with an emphasis on first editions. By the late 1950s he had developed a comprehensive collection. The collection was presented to Dalhousie University Libraries in 1981.

The collection contains most first and limited editions of Wilde's work with only five of Wilde's first editions not included. Later editions, biographies, criticial studies as well as first editions of contemporaries associated with Wilde-Max Beerbohm, Aubrey Beardsley, Alfred Douglas, Frank Harris-are well represented.


305 volumes.

Bibliographic Access
All items are fully LC catalogued and accessible through the Libraries' online catalogue, Novanet. Novanet is available through the Dalhousie University Libraries' web page - ( and telnet at:

Physical Access
The collection is housed in the main Special Collections Department and during term (September-April) is available to the public. For further information visit:

Interlibrary Loan: No.

Reprography: Photocopying is done by the staff as the condition of the material permits. Photography is done by the University Photography Services Department.

Reference Assistance: Yes.

Publications Describing Collection
None at present.