The Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde Vol. 5
Quarterbound in real cloth and fine paper with a tip-in sheet signed by P. Craig Russell, this signed and numbered edition is strictly limited to 200 copies. The Happy Prince has lived a life of opulence but has died young and his soul inhabits a beautiful ruby encrusted statue covered all over in gold leaf. When a small barn swallow stops to rest upon the statue the Happy Prince prevails upon him to remove his gold leaf a piece at a time and shower it upon the poor citizens. In the spring the townspeople finding only a dull statue with a broken lead heart and a dead bird consign the worthless objects to the ash heap. Only an emissary of God recognizes them as the most valuable treasures of the city and brings them to the gardens of heaven.