charles dickens, First Edition
Book Description: Chapman & Hall. 1839, 1839. FIRST EDITION. Half title, engraved portrait frontispiece of the author by Daniel Maclise in first state with imprint, plates; plates a little browned. Contemporary dark green morocco presentation binding, ruled in gilt, edges gilt, well recased preserving original spine; a little rubbed. Comte Alain de Suzannet and Self bookplates. Green cloth fold-over wrapper in a green morocco-backed slipcase. INSCRIBED ON THE DEDICATION LEAF to the painter David Wilkie: 'Sir David Wilkie from his faithfully Charles Dickens'. Wilkie was the godfather of Wilkie Collins and a close friend of Dickens. Dickens spoke of Sir David Wilkie, in a tribute upon his death, as one 'who made the cottage hearth his grave theme, and who surrounded the lives, and cares, and daily toils, and occupations of the poor, with dignity and beauty'. Loosely inserted is a long letter from Wilkie to Mrs Ricketts describing the party held by Dickens upon the publication of Nickleby (14th October, 1839). 3 pages, 4to. Dickens wrote to Wilkie on 23rd September inviting him to the 'little dinner at The Albion, on 5th October'. Wilkie writes: ". From Lowther Castle I had to hurry on to town to be present at a scene, which to some of the gentle readers in your house would have possessed some claim - it was to be present at a fiesta given by Mr Dickens to the publishers, printers and artist, with various of his friends, about 20 in all on the completion of Nicholas Nickleby. It was at the Albion, Aldersgate St., Mr Dickens our host was in the chair, and Mr Macready, for whom the book was dedicated was on his right hand, and had to propose his health. Though a master of elocution, the occasion seemed to deprive him of the advantage this might be expected to give to a speaker, but one passage for the advantage of Miss Taylor and Miss Anna I will venture to repeat, in remarking on the peculiar style of Mr Dickens, he admired that faculty of supplying to the reader, not merely the bold adventure, and the startling incident, but was equally happy in all the little details and minute feelings of the every day intercourse of Life, so finely as he said characterised in the lines of Wordsworth as 'Those nameless and unnumbered acts, That make the best part of a good mans life!'. This led Mr Dickens to speak to me of Mr Wordsworth who he knew I had lately seen, and to express every great admiration for his genius, of which he thought the little poem 'We are Seven' was one of the most striking examples. What he seemed to like in this was divesting death of its horror, by treating it as a separation and not an extinction, he deprecated what in families occurred, of never alluding to a near relation deceased, said he lately met a severe loss, but took every pains to recall, the person deceased to his family about him. 'My talented friend rose much in my mind by this reflection on the work of our great poet, and I repeat it, supposing that to yourself and the readers of his writings around you it will have the same effect .'.". Bookseller Inventory # 58022
Book Description: Bradbury & Evans. 1850, 1850. FIRST EDITION. Half title, frontispiece, additional engraved title, plates, 6-line errata. Contemporary half brown calf, red morocco label, marbled boards; a little rubbed. INSCRIBED by Dickens on the half title to his actor friend John Harley: 'John Pritt Harley from his friend Charles Dickens.' Small armorial bookplate on recto of first blank of Jacob Burnett. In the binding in which the book was presented by Dickens. This is a very special copy. Dickens's relationship with Harley is well documented and there are many letters. Vol. VI Page 568 of the Letters records Dickens promising to send Presentation Copies. 'The arrears shall be duly posted up. I am obliged to wait a little, in consequence of some of the books not being immediately come-at-able; but they shall be yours "anon anon Sir".' It is possible that Jacob Burnett was related to Henry Burnett husband of Fanny (Dickens's sister and 'dear companion & confidante'). Harley knew Henry Burnett well. John Pritt Harley, 1786-1858, actor and singer, renowned for his Shakespearean clowns and comic singing. He befriended Dickens in 1836. Bookseller Inventory # 58048
Book Description: London Chapman and Hall 1861, 1861. Three octavo volumes. (iv), 344pp.; (ii), 351pp.; (ii), 344, + 32pp. of advertisements dated May, 1861. First edition, first impression. One of 1,000 copies. Widely acknowledged as Dickens's masterpiece, Great Expectations was one of only two novels not published in monthly parts and published without illustrations. It was serialized in the weekly periodical All the Year Round from December 1860 to August 1861; the first edition appeared on 6 July 1861. Great Expectations is the rarest of Dickens' larger books in that most of the first edition was purchased by libraries; those copies that survive, therefore, are usually not in good condition. This copy conforms to nearly all points established in the Clarendon edition; the exceptions all occurring in Vol. III, which points to a later state occurring within the first impression of that volume. Four additional printings, which were designated "editions," quickly followed, with all misprints preserved. This is a fine copy in publisher's bright violet cloth stamped in blind and gilt, showing minor toning to the spines. Inner hinges of volumes 1 and 3 barely starting. Housed in a full-morocco folding case which bears the bookplates of noted Dickens collectors Kenyon Starling and William E. Self. (Eckel, pp.91-93). Bookseller Inventory # 22141
Sketches by "Boz", illustrative of every-day Life, and every-day People. Illustrations by George Cruikshank.
Book Description: John Macrone. 1836/1837, 1836. FIRST EDITION. 2 vols. 12mo. Frontispieces & plates; plates sl. browned. Orange glazed endpapers discoloured from oxidization. Partially uncut in original dark green grained morocco cloth, re-sewn & re-cased, the gilt lettering on spines faded but legible. Bookplates of Alain de Suzannet. WITH: Second Series. FIRST EDITION, an early issue with 'Vol. III' on the plates, and without the list of plates following Contents on p.viii. Half title, frontispiece, additional engraved title, plates. Uncut in original rose-pink cloth, black label; rebacked with most of the original spine laid down, unevenly faded & a little rubbed. An early issue and probably Beard's copy, but uninscribed. All in green morocco-backed slipcase. Smith 1; Smith 2; both in primary binding. INSCRIBED FROM DICKENS TO THOMAS BEARD. This may be the earliest presentation copy of Dickens's first book, inscribed when the first copies arrived from Macrone on 9th February, 1836. The formal inscription: 'Thomas Beard Esqre: From his sincere friend The Author' indicates the first thrill of authorship. For later presentation inscriptions, Dickens almost invariably signed his name. Beard was a parliamentary reporter on The Morning Chronicle, and helped to procure Dickens the same job in 1833. Dickens inscribed at least seven books to him. All these, and a lively correspondence, were acquired in the 1920s from Beard's descendants by Count Alain de Suzannet, and Sketches by Boz, the earliest token of the Dickens-Beard friendship, was lot 4 in the Suzannet sale of 1971. Beard's younger brother Francis was Dickens's personal physician and was with him when he died. Bookseller Inventory # 57948
Book Description: London: Chapman & Hall, 1842, 1842. First Edition. 3000 copies were printed and sold out within weeks. This is a presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title a day before publication, "The Earl of Mulgrave from his friend Charles Dickens, Eighteenth October 1842." Bound in late 19th century 3/4 calf and marbled boards; gilt decorated spines; an excellent copy. Mulgrave shared passage with Dickens on the Britannia, arriving in Boston together. Mulgrave and the author, wrapped in a fur coat against the New England winter, explored the town. The Earl went on to his assignment in Canada, where he and Dickens reunited some months later. Bookseller Inventory # 21194
Book Description: Bradbury & Evans. 1853-54, 1853. FIRST EDITION. 3 vols. Half titles, frontispieces by F.W. Topham, 1p ads. in all vols; old tape repairs to inner hinges vol. I. Original violet-pink cloth, blocked in blind, front boards decorated in gilt; heads & tails of spines sl. rubbed with some sl. loss, boards a little dulled & marked. The Dedication leaf of vol. I is INSCRIBED: 'Emile de la Rue From Charles Dickens Fifth February, 1854'. Signed by Emile de la Rue in pencil on verso of leading f.e.p. Later bookplate of H. Lettenorier. In fold-over box. Smith Part II, 10; variant binding as described by Podeschi in note 3: fine rib-grained violet-pink cloth. On 4th December, 1853, Dickens wrote to Emile de la Rue a long letter: '. I am going to send you, please God, from England, a Bleak House in its real original form. I don't know whether you have read my Child's History - which contains the Truth respecting certain English Kings, whom it has been thought a kind of religious gentility to lie about. I will send that too, though I have my doubts whether it may not have earned the honour of being taboo'd by the Infallible Church'. In a letter to Leigh Hunt dated 31st January, 1855, Dickens mentions being sent prints of incidents in the Piedmontese War of Independence by a 'Genoese Friend' - presumably de la Rue. He and Dickens also joked together, particularly about the 'Visual Ray', a reference to Milton's 'visual ray to objects far' from Paradise Lost Book III. In style, subject and composition, this book differed from all Dickens's other works. This is also the only example of Dickens dictating the text to Georgina Hogarth; chapters two and four only are in his manuscript. Chapters had appeared irregularly in Household Words between 1851 & 1853. De la Rue was a Swiss banker; Dickens stayed with him & his wife Augusta at Genoa during his Italian visit, 1844-45. Dickens, who was fascinated by the art of mesmerism and had witnessed it being practised on numerous occasions, attempted to cure Mme de la Rue of her debilitating anxieties by mesmerising her himself. Bookseller Inventory # 58051
Book Description: 1843. [the first issue, FINE] In Prose. Being a Ghost Story of Christmas. With Illustrations by John Leech. London: Chapman & Hall, 1843. 2 pp undated ads. Original rose-brown cloth decorated in gilt. First Edition of Dickens's classic ghost story of Ebenezer Scrooge. Dickens wrote this in less than a month, motivated by financial need; he published it himself, with everyone else associated with the book working on a cost-plus basis. Though he wanted to produce a handsome gift volume (with colored plates, colored title page and all edges gilt), the expense of hand-colored plates cut considerably into his profits; as a result, this was his first and last book to include colored plates. The success of A CHRISTMAS CAROL (the first edition sold out on its publication day, 19 December 1843) put Dickens on a much firmer financial standing.~This is a copy of the first issue, with "Stave I" on p.  and with the text entirely uncorrected. It has the following additional issue points:~* title page in blue and red, dated 1843~* chalky green endpapers~ * 14-15mm between the gilt wreath and the left margin blind-stamping on the front cover~* a perfect "D" in "Dickens" in the front cover wreath~Bibliographers have disagreed over the years as to what if any significance these issue points may have, but according to the most recent exhaustive study (Todd's, analyzing the front cover), this copy is of the earliest state of the first issue. ~Except for a lengthy-but-discreet 1929 inscription on the front free endpaper, this copy is in FINE CONDITION: there is just one tiny droplet-mark on the front cover, and as usual the volume is slightly askew. Atypically, there is no wear at the spine ends, the endpapers are not cracked, and there are no repairs or "sophistication." The colored plates are clean and bright, and the textual leaves are entirely free of foxing.~Though the first edition of A CHRISTMAS CAROL is not a rare book, copies of the first issue in fine condition have become quite scarce -- as most copies coming onto the market are worn, or are faded, or have cracked endpapers, or have foxed leaves and darkened plates -- or all of the above; or, worse, have been re-cased, re-backed, or even re-bound. Not this copy. Smith II pp 16-29 (citing prior studies by Gimbel, by Calhoun & Heaney, and by Todd); Eckel pp 110-115. Housed in a felt-lined morocco-backed clamshell case. Bookseller Inventory # 12501
Sketches by "Boz," Illustrative of Every-day Life, and Every-day People. In Two Volumes. Together with Sketches by Boz . . . The Second Series. Complete in One Volume.
Book Description: London John Macrone 1836, 1837, 1837. Three small octavo volumes. viii, 348 pp.; (iv), 342pp.; viii, 377pp., + (19)pp. of advertisements. First edition, first issues in book form of Dickens's first work. Illustrated throughout with engravings by George Cruikshank, volumes I and II each with a frontispiece and seven subsequent illustrations, and the Second Series with frontispiece, engraved title-page, and eight subsequent illustrations. Volume I Preface dated February, 1836, and both volumes with all but one or two internal flaws as called for by Smith. Second Series is one of the few early copies without the list of illustrations, with thirteen rather than seventeen lines on the first page of the Contents; legible commas on the Free and Easy imprint; and with Vol. III unerased from the foot of each plate. According to Sadleir, these points "certainly seem to represent an earlier (and perhaps suppressed) issue of the book . . . the only possible explanation seems to be that [the publisher] and Dickens planned Sketches by Boz as a three-volume work, and that the plates were prepared for the third volume in uniform style with those of Volumes I and II. Possibly Dickens then insisted on adding more material than a normal third volume could accommodate, and a second series in one bulky volume was forced on the publisher." Eckel even more definitively states that the missing list of plates "prove[s] to be a mark of the first issue of the book." Although most of the sketches in this work were originally published as separate entries in various magazines and journals between 1833 and 1836, this edition does represent the first appearance of five of the sketches: "A Visit to Newgate," "The Black Veil," "The Great Winglebury Duel," "Our Next-Door Neighbours," and "The Drunkard's Death." The first two volumes are bound in publisher's olive green cloth, with a gilt cartouche and lettering on the spines. Corners lightly bumped, some minor spotting to cloth, else about fine. Second Series is bound in the rare original rose-colored cloth with blind-stamped wreath on the front cover and spine in four compartments, top compartment lettered in gilt within a decorative gilt frame. The gilding has been applied without black pigment, again indicating one of the early copies, as mentioned by Smith. Some bumping to corners, spine slightly sunned, and a few short closed tears in cloth at foot of spine. Nearly fine. Each volume in a green cloth chemise, the three volumes housed together in a quarter morocco slipcase lettered in gilt on the spine. This set came from the collection of William E. Self, former president of Twentieth Century Fox, and bears his bookplate. Both volumes also with the bookplates of noted collectors Winston Henry Hagen and E. Hubert Litchfield. A very nice set of a seminal work of modern Western literature, with excellent provenance. (Eckel, pp. 11-13; Sadleir I, 700; Smith 1, 2). Bookseller Inventory # 22180
Book Description: Chapman & Hall. 1861, 1861. FIRST EDITION. 3 vols. Orig. purple vertical wavy-grained cloth, blocked in blind, spines lettered & decorated in gilt; sl. signs of library label removal from front boards, limited expert repairs to cloth, the yellow e.ps have at an early date been replaced with matching contemporary paper; repair to blank corner of pp115-116 in vol. III. Monogram bookplates: ?P.H.G.? & typical ownership inscription of the collector, Brent Gration-Maxfield, 1974, on pastedowns. In purpose-made, fold-over cloth box, leather label. FIRST EDITION, first impression, of Dickens?s rarest novel; vol. III in first state. See Clarendon Edition (Appendix D). A very good copy in original cloth and very scarce as such. Bookseller Inventory # 43484
Book Description: Richard Bentley. 1836, 1836. FIRST EDITION. Original sheets, sewn as issued; lightly browned, outer leaves sl. dusted with a few small marginal tears. Bookplates of Comte Alain de Suzannet & Kenyon Starling. Green cloth envelope. INSCRIBED BY DICKENS ON THE TITLEPAGE: 'J.P. HARLEY ESQRE. FROM THE AUTHOR'. The play was dedicated to Harley (Dec. 15. 1836). This is one of two known Dedication copies presented to John Pritt Harley by Dickens - the other is in the Gimbel Collection. Dickens and Hullah probably began work on The Village Coquettes in December 1835. Progress was slow until Dickens's future father-in-law, George Hogarth, met the theatre manager & singer, John Braham, on 15th January, 1836. By coincidence Dickens had just written a warm review of Braham's singing for The Morning Chronicle, which Hogarth was not slow to point out to Braham. Two weeks later Dickens had completed his play and Braham had accepted it with enthusiasm, taking the lead role of Squire Norton for himself, and adding the character Martin Stokes especially for Harley. The Strange Gentleman, the first of Dickens's plays to be performed, opened the second season at Braham's relatively new St James's Theatre. It had an extremely successful run of almost sixty performances and Harley was 'a riot as the Strange Gentleman fleeing from a duel and terrified to believe himself surrounded by an inn-full of lunatics'. Its closing night, 6th December 1836, was shared with the first night of The Village Coquettes. John Pyke Hullah, 1812-1884, was a composer and teacher of choral singing as well as a writer on music. In 1833-35 he was a pupil at the Royal Academy of Music with Fanny Dickens, through whom he met Dickens. Bookseller Inventory # 57956
Book Description: Chapman and Hall, London, 1861. Cloth. Book Condition: Good. 1st Edition. 8vo. Three volumes. The Original violet wavy grain cloth. Good, slight fading to spine titles else good and tight. First edition in book form, 1st issues, except, there are ads at the back of the final volume dated May 1861, 32pps. of such. This was the only Dickens novel not to be issued parts or serialized first, and not to be illustrated by Phiz or Cruikshank et al. Only a 1,000 sets were printed and most were sent out to be read to pieces in lending libraries throughout Britain, thus the set in original cloth is exceedingly rare. No known census of the sets in original cloth exists, one can assume under 200 survive, and most are in university library rare book rooms. and museums. Book data: paginations: 4, 344pps, 2, 351pps, 1, printer's imprint, 2 344pps, with 32pps of ads dated May 1861. Great Expectations was serialized in Dickens own magazine, All the Year Round, in 1860, and was pirated in America at the same time. There was an second issue of 750 sets the same year, most were purchased by lending libraries. One of Dicken's greatest novels, ranks with and above the Tale and A Christmas Carol as well as David Cooperfield. Basis for a great film by David Lean circa 1947 starring John Mills and Alec Guinness. References: Patten pp 290, Smith 14, Eckel, pp 91, Gimbel A146 only a handful of copies remain original and all are with top ABAA booksellers and at much higher prices. Photos we shall gladly provide. Private Press. Bookseller Inventory # 1000453
Book Description: Bradbury & Evans, London, 1846. hardcover. Book Condition: very good. 8vo, printed green wrapper, designed by George Cruikshank. 24 plates. London: Bradbury & Evans, January - October, 1846. Parts 3-9 are in exceptionally fine condition. The front wrapper of Part 1 is slightly darkened, with a small chip at the lower spine; Part 2 is lacking the upper spine; In part 10, the margins of the front wrapper have been expertly restored, and the one leaf ad on yellow paper is not present. The "Oliver Twist Advertisers" in parts 1 & 2 are present as required, although one is bound in at front rather than the back. The 24 plates are all present, but not in the sequence described in Hatton & Cleaver. The set is preserved in a full green morocco slipcase, with an elaborately gilt spine. This edition followed on previous publications; firstly as a serial in Bentley's Miscellany, Feb. 1837 - March, 1829. Before the close of the serial it came out in 3 volume form. The present issue, in parts, generally known as the first octavo edition, was always prized by collectors and consequently is the more valuable of the Oliver Twists. Eckels, p. 62. "Complete sets can without exaggeration be described as of the utmost rarity, whether in fine, moderate or poor condition." Hatton & Cleaver, p 215. Bookseller Inventory # 151301
Book Description: Carey & Hart, Philadelphia, 1844. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Fine. John Leech (illustrator). First Edition. FIRST AMERICAN EDITION. Bears the bookplate of James A. Stillman (1873-1944) chief executive of National City Bank of New York and a prominent book collector An exceptionally Fine copy with almost no wear; opposite the bookplate, on the ffep, there seems to be a faint impression of an earlier erased gift inscription, which is very faint. Original blind stamped and gilt decorated dark blue cloth covers, a rare example due to its exceptionally fine condition, minimal internal ageing, all plates pristine. Bookseller Inventory # 15805
Book Description: London Bradbury and Evans, 1846. Exceptionally Rare in Parts DICKENS, Charles. The Adventures of Oliver Twist: or, The Parish Boys Progress. . With Twenty-Four Illustrations on Steel, By George Cruikshank. A New Edition, Revised and Corrected. London: Published for the Author, by Bradbury and Evans, [January - October] 1846. First edition of the very rare ten monthly parts issue. Octavo. 2-311,[i-v]vi-vii[viii-ix]x-xii pp. The twenty-four plates are those used for the original Bentley magazine issue, re-touched, re-bitten, and "enhanced" by the engraver Findlay, and with the Bentley imprints erased. Cruikshank also designed the front wrapper for the parts issue, with very attractive, well-balanced, and appealing results The set at hand collates complete with all the plates, text and advertisements according to Hatton & Cleaver's description pp. 215-224. All wrappers correct and complete as well. Some of the parts professionally rebacked, or with other small neat repairs. Part VII front wrapper has been extended in bottom margin, but still a bit short. Front wrapper of part V and back wrapper of part VII trimmed a bit short on bottom margin. Back wrapper of part X slightly soiled. The usual rubbing and foxing to parts. One of the most difficult works of Dickens to find in parts. Period ownership inscription on the front wrapper of parts IV, VI and VIII. Still a handsome set. Housed in a blue quarter morocco slipcase and chemise. ".[S]ets of the ten parts can, without exaggeration, be described as of the utmost rarity, whether in fine, moderate, or poor condition, and only exceeded by the 'high-spots' of Pickwick and the Sketches. As recently as 1931, it would have been an impossibility to purchase any kind of conditioned copy in the London book-market; for the simple reason that none were [sic] on offer or could be offered. The very scarcity alone, of the book in parts, gives added zest to the tracking down of copies, but many would-be owners are doomed to disappointment in their efforts to effect a capture, in face of the very limited supply available." Hatton and Cleaver, pp. 215-224. HBS 65570. $30,000. Bookseller Inventory # 65570
Book Description: London: Chapman & Hall, 1859, 1859. First Edition; first issue; complete in the original 8/7 parts (the final two were combined into one); scattered foxing; contemporary pencil owner's signature at the top of the front wrapper of several parts; minor tears and chips at the extremities; an extraordinarily fresh, clean and unsophisticated set, free of repairs or restoration. A complete set with all wrappers and ads; a single advertisement varies from the collation of Hatton and Cleaver. In a custom full morocco solander case by Sangorski & Sutcliffe (with some staining). Bookseller Inventory # 25978
Book Description: Chapman and Hall, 1861. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. 1st Edition. First edition, first issue, rebound in quarter leather and marbled paper. One of only 1,000 copies of the true first edition. Very good condition. Housed in a custommade collector's clamshell case with leather spine and gold tooling and lettering. Bookseller Inventory # 107909
Book Description: London: Chapman & Hall, 1859, 1859. Octavo. Original red cloth, covers blindstamped, spine gilt-lettered, pale yellow endpapers. Red morocco-backed folding case, spine lettered in gilt, by the Lakeside Press, Chicago. Spine very lightly rubbed, inner hinges skilfully repaired, etched title detached, else a very good copy. 32-page publisher's advertisement at end dated November 1859. Etched frontispiece, title and 14 plates by Hablot K. Browne ("Phiz"). Contemporary ownership inscription of G. Musgrave, Eden Hall (near Penrith), on front free endpaper and title; engraved bookseller's ticket of Charles Thurnam & Sons, Carlisle, on front pastedown. First edition in book form, first issue, the list of contents with signature "b" and with page 213 misnumbered 113. The novel was published in book form on 21 November 1859. Eckel, p. 90; Smith I:13; Yale/Gimbel A143. Bookseller Inventory # 60383
Sketches by "Boz", illustrative of every-day Life, and every-day People. Illustrations by George Cruikshank.
Book Description: John Macrone. 1836/1837, 1836. FIRST EDITION. 2 vols. 12mo. Frontispieces & plates. Uncut in original dark green grained morocco cloth. An exceptional copy. WITH: Second series. FIRST EDITION, an early issue with 'Vol. III' on plates & without list of plates on p.viii. Half title, frontispiece bound opposite p.149, additional engraved title, plates. Uncut in original rose-pink cloth, black label; recased, spine faded to brown, endpapers replaced. A nice set in morocco-backed sleeves & slipcases. Smith 1; Smith 2; both in primary binding. The half title to second series has ownership inscription of John O. Sargent 1869, London. Bookseller Inventory # 57949
Book Description: Chapman & Hall London 1843, London, 1843. First Printing. Illustrated by Leech (illustrator). First Edition. Very good tight, bright condition, spine tips worn hardback Green endpapers, red & blue title page, etc.Overall a very good copy of the First Issue, in a custom made clamshell box. Bookseller Inventory # 2013022539
Book Description: London Chapman and Hall, 1859. Beautiful First Issue in the Original Red Cloth DICKENS, Charles. A Tale of Two Cities. With Illustrations by H.K. Browne. London: Chapman and Hall, 1859. First edition, first issue in the primary binding. Octavo 8 3/4 x 5 9/16 inches; 222 x 141 mm. [i-vii] viii [ix-x],  2-254; -32 publisher's catalog, pp. Sixteen inserted plates, including frontispiece and vignette title, by Browne ['Phiz']. Publisher's catalog dated November 1859 present. All eight of Smith's internal flaws necessary for the first issue present, including page 213 misnumbered 113. Publishers primary binding of deep red sand-grain cloth, covers stamped in blind, spine lettered in gilt. Pale yellow endpapers. Edges uncut. Cloth on boards is still a vibrant red. Spine is slightly darkened. Minimal wear to the top and bottom of the spine. A small bit of spotting to the cloth. Some occasional very light foxing. Previous owner's old ink signature on top of the title page and front free endpaper. Signed "G. Musgrave. Edenhall" (possibly Sir George Musgrave, 10th baronet, of Eden Hall, Cumberland, b. 1799). Housed in a quarter red morocco clamshell case. An excellent copy. A Tale of Two Cities was first serialized in Dickenss periodical All the Year Round, from April 30-November 26, 1859. Its appearance in monthly parts (July-December 1859) and book form mark Dickenss return to his old publishers Chapman and Hall, after a long stay with Bradbury and Evans. The extremely large audience for the novel in All the Year Round, however, left less than the usual demand for the parts issue and, at first, for the book, both of which are now quite rare. This title also marks the authors final collaboration with Phiz, Dickenss most evocative and most sympathetic illustrator. Smith I, 13. Hatton and Cleaver, pp. 333-342. HBS 65107. $22,500. Bookseller Inventory # 65107
The Strange Gentleman. A comic burletta in two acts. By "Boz". First performed at the St. James's Theatre on Thursday, September 29, 1836.
Book Description: Chapman & Hall. MDCCCXXXVII. 1837, 1837. FIRST EDITION. Original pale lavender printed wrappers bound into full tan calf, gilt spine, dentelles & borders, green label. Bookplate of Ralph Clutton. v.g. In cloth slipcase. VanderPoel B526; without a frontispiece and with all first edition points. Based on 'The Winglebury Duel' in Sketches by Boz, Dickens's text was heavily revised during rehearsals and various songs were added that were needed to turn it into a 'burletta'. The result was a triumph. The little play was, according to The Times, 'very well received throughout, and announced for repetition with great applause'. It was, the reviewer noted, 'from the pen of a gentleman who has very much amused the town by the broad humour and downright fun of sketches published by him under the soubriquet "Boz".' John Pritt Harley played the title role for sixty nights; others in the cast were Madame Sala, the mother of George Augustus Sala, who became one of Dickens's brightest young men on Household Words, and the Misses Smith - nieces of Kitty Stephen, who became the Countess of Essex. The Strange Gentleman was written before Pickwick; Dickens sent the manuscript to Chapman & Hall in February 1836: 'Dear Sirs, Pickwick is at length begun in all his might and glory. The first chapter will be ready tomorrow. I want to publish The Strange Gentleman. If you have no objection to doing it, I should be happy to let you have the refusal of it. I need not say that nobody else has seen or heard of it. Believe me (in a Pickwickian haste), Faithfully yours CD'. Bookseller Inventory # 57953
Book Description: S. H Goetzel & Co., J. Y. Thompson, Printer., Mobile:, 1863. A very rare [on the market] edition of this classic Dickens' tale. APBC shows no copies at auction these past 30+ years. Binding - Fine. Text Block - About VG (front wrapper with restoration/browning & spotting to text/the occasional paper defect). Modern blue half-morocco leather binding with marbled paper boards. Original front wrapper, printed on wall-paper, bound-in. 7-3/4" x 5-1/8". 1st Confederate edition (Parrish & Willingham 6301). Not in Gimbel, nor VanderPoel. 388 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 34409
Book Description: London: Chapman and Hall, 1859, 1859. First Edition; first binding; publisher's maroon cloth; 32 page publisher's catalogue (not present in all copies); owner's 20th century ink notation on the front free endpaper; hinges and spine archivally mended (not rebacked or recased); some foxing; a very good copy. Bookseller Inventory # 25319
Book Description: Chapman & Hall. Bradbury & Evans, 1843. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. No Jacket. 1st Edition. 5 titles: 1. A Christmas Carol. London: Chapman & Hall, 1843. [viii], 166,  pp. Four hand-colored engraved plates and illustrations in the text by John Leech. Faded period inscription to half-title, some faint spots. First issue with title-page in red and blue, dated 1843, "stave l" on p 1. 2. The Chimes. London: Chapman and Hall, 1845. [viii], 175,  pp. Additional engraved title, frontispiece, illustrations throughout by John Leech, Richard Doyle, and others. A few faint spots, but generally clean. First state with publisher's name engraved on additional title. 3. The Cricket on the Hearth. London: for the author by Bradbury and Evans, 1846. [viii], 174,  pp. Additional engraved title, frontispiece and illustrations throughout by John Leech, Richard Doyle and others. Minor toning, else internally clean. First edition, with second state of advertisement leaf. 4. The Battle of Life. London: Bradbury & Evans, 1846. [viii], 175,  pp. Additional engraved title, frontispiece, illustrations throughout by Daniel Maclise, Richard Doyle, John Leech and others. Lightly toned, but generally internally clean. First edition, with 4th state of engraved title as often found. 5. The Haunted Man and the Ghost's Bargain. London: Bradbury & Evans, 1848. [viii], 188 pp. Additional engraved title, frontispiece and illustrations throughout by John Tenniel, John Leech and others. Generally internally clean. First edition. All bound in full crimson morocco, spines gilt, upper covers with morocco inlay vignettes depicting characters from each of the works, a.e.g., all with original cloth bound in at end, for Henry Sotheran. Custom cloth slipcase. Bookseller Inventory # 308243
Book Description: Chapman and Hall, 1859. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. London Chapman and Hall, 1859. Beautiful First edition, First Issue in the Original Red Cloth DICKENS, Charles. A Tale of Two Cities. With Illustrations by H.K. Browne. London: Chapman and Hall, 1859. First edition, first issue in the primary binding. Octavo 8 3/4 x 5 9/16 inches; 222 x 141 mm. [i-vii] viii [ix-x],  2-254; Sixteen inserted plates, including frontispiece and vignette title, by Browne ['Phiz']. All eight of Smith's internal flaws necessary for the first issue present, including page 213 misnumbered 113. Publishers primary binding of deep red sand-grain cloth, covers stamped in blind, spine lettered in gilt. Edges uncut. Cloth on boards is still a rich red. Housed in a full leather decorated red morocco clamshell case. An excellent copy. A Tale of Two Cities was first serialized in Dickenss periodical All the Year Round, from April 30-November 26, 1859. Its appearance in monthly parts (July-December 1859) and book form mark Dickenss return to his old publishers Chapman and Hall, after a long stay with Bradbury and Evans. The extremely large audience for the novel in All the Year Round, however, left less than the usual demand for the parts issue and, at first, for the book, both of which are now quite rare. This title also marks the authors final collaboration with Phiz, Dickenss most evocative and most sympathetic illustrator. Smith I, 13. Hatton and Cleaver, pp. 333-342. Bookseller Inventory # 107910
The Strange Gentleman. A comic burletta in two acts. By "Boz". First performed at the St. James's Theatre on Thursday, September 29, 1836.
Book Description: Chapman & Hall. MDCCCXXXVII. 1837, 1837. FIRST EDITION. With the rare frontispiece by Phiz, illustrating Act I Scene I; a little browned. Somewhat cut down & bound in half dark turquoise morocco, cloth boards, label on front board. In cloth slipcase. VanderPoel 527(2); with the Phiz frontispiece, all first edition points and, in addition, the last three words, 'of mine. Some,' on page 41, damaged, as is also the case with the VanderPoel copy with frontispiece. Of much greater scarcity with the Phiz illustration; Dexter states that: 'the pamphlet was in a lavender-coloured paper wrapper and has a frontispiece by 'Phiz'. Some copies are without the frontispiece. With the picture it is of greater scarcity than without it . it is the exception to find a copy containing it'. Bookseller Inventory # 57954
The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club.] 'Discovery of Jingle in the Fleet'. Original pencil and wash drawing by Hablot K. Brown for The Pickwick Papers.
Book Description: 1837, 1837. Image size 11 x 11cm. Mounted on card and housed in a silk morocco folder, red morocco case & morocco backed box. From the libraries of Comte Alain de Suzannet & Kenyon Starling. The engraved plate appears opposite Page 452 in the first edition, illustrating the scene when Pickwick, himself imprisoned in the Fleet Prison, comes across Jingle and his servant, Job Trotter, among the inmates at the poor side of the Fleet. '. Mr. Pickwick was affected; the two men looked so very miserable. The sharp involuntary glance Jingle had cast at a small piece of raw loin of mutton, which Job had brought in with him, said more of their reduced state than two hours' explanation could have done .' (p.453). The rascal Alfred Jingle, strolling actor and adventurer, enters the novel when he rescues Pickwick from an altercation with a cab driver in the second chapter. He entertains the Pickwickians during the journey from Rochester, but his scheming trickery eventually leads them into some difficult, yet hilarious, situations throughout the novel. Pickwick takes pity on him at the Fleet, and settles his debts, as well as paying his way to the West Indies to start a new life. PLEASE NOTE: VAT will be added to the price of this item within the EU. Bookseller Inventory # 58003
Book Description: London: Chapman and Hall, 1859., 1859. A Spectacular Copy in the Original Green Cloth with the 1859 Title-PageDICKENS, Charles. A Tale of Two Cities. With Illustrations by H.K. Browne. London: Chapman and Hall, 1859.First edition, second state with title-page still dated 1859 but with corrected pagination on page 213 and no signature "b" on the list of plates. Octavo. [i-vii]viii[ix-x], 2-254 pp. Sixteen inserted plates, including frontispiece and vignette title, by Browne ['Phiz'].Publishers secondary binding of moderate olive green fine-diaper cloth, covers stamped in blind, spine lettered in gilt, original pale yellow coated endpapers. Boards remarkably fresh. Text and plates very clean and bright with just a minimal scattering of unobtrusive foxing. Just a tiny amount of wear to the top and bottom of the spine, inner hinges very expertly and almost invisibly strengthened. Armorial bookplate of Sir James Martin on front pastedown. A wonderful copy of this late novel, now extremely scarce in either of the original cloth bindings. This is by far the finest copy in original green cloth of A Tale of Two Cities that we have ever seen, and although it is the secondary binding, its superlative condition really does justify its addition to any fine Dickens collection. Chemised in a full green morocco slip case.This is a true first edition, second state in the original olive-green cloth. The red cloth issue is usually regarded as the primary binding, but copies in the olive-green cloth with the title-page dated 1859 are considered very scarce. Copies in the green-cloth binding were thereafter issued with a title-page dated 1860. These are referred to as the 'third' issue."In the very earliest state there are two pages numbered 113, page 213 furnishing the error. This was not corrected until some copies had been printed. The absence of this error does not necessarily invalidate a first edition, though the error is much preferred because it indicates a prior or earlier printing." Eckel pp. 86/87.A Tale of Two Cities was first serialized in Dickenss periodical All the Year Round, from April 30-November 26, 1859. Its appearance in monthly parts (July-December 1859) and book form marks Dickenss return to his old publishers Chapman and Hall, after a long stay with Bradbury and Evans. The extremely large audience for the novel in All the Year Round, however, left less than the usual demand for the parts issue and, at first, for the book, both of which are quite rare. This title also marks the authors final collaboration with Phiz, Dickenss most evocative and most sympathetic illustrator. Smith I, 13. Bookseller Inventory # 00734
Book Description: Bradbury & Evans, London, 1857. Decorative Cloth. Book Condition: Fine. First Edition. DICKENS, Charles. LITTLE DORRIT. With Illustrations by H.K. Browne. London: Bradbury & Evans, 1857. First edition in book form, with all the major Smith first issue points, bound from the original monthly parts, with stab-holes present in the inner margins of gatherings. Original publisher's primary binding of moderate olive green fine-diaper cloth. Covers stamped in blind with a thin double-rule border enclosing a rectangular frame which contains a loop-scroll design in each corner and a string of sixteen beads along its inner edge; a globe-shaped design is stamped in the center of each cover. Original pale yellow endpapers. Forty engraved plates including frontispiece and vignette title. With the exception of the front inner hinge which has had expert and invisible restoration, this EXCEEDINGLY FINE copy is virtually faultless (cloth stunningly fresh and unworn with only a few minor spots, pages and illustrations remarkably unfoxed and in exemplary condition with just a little offsetting to a few of the illustrations, gilt bright and untarnished, all despite being nearly 155 years old), a remarkable and somewhat astonishing survival given its easily abused, always fragile, original publishers' cloth casing. LITTLE DORRIT, Dickens' second outraged literary visitation to the institution of debtors' prison (in which people who owed money were imprisoned, unable to work, until they had satisfied their creditors) is set in the Marshalsea where Dickens' own father had been imprisoned. One part social criticism and satire, one part poignant and heartbreaking love story, one part mystery and murder tale, LITTLE DORRIT contains a great blossoming of Dickens' deepest-felt writing and its fame, although inarguably enduring, lags behind that of his other many masterpieces in terms of recognition due to the initial unfair contemporary critical response it received from the press (despite its wildly enthusiastic reception by the public) as it exposed certain prickly holes in England's claim of a fairer society than yesteryear: industrial safety for workers, the hypocritical exclusionary class codes, and especially the notorious blunders of the British Treasury (portrayed in this novel as the astonishingly inept "Circumlocution Office") which did, for example and in fact, cause hundreds of "deaths by bureaucracy" for the soldiers at the Battle of Balaclava. LITTLE DORRIT has been adapted for the screen five times, the last two versions being the 1988 film starring Alec Guinness and Derek Jacobi and the 2008-2009 BBC/PBS award-winning adaptation by Andrew Davies. This particular copy is not only the FINEST KNOWN first edition of LITTLE DORRIT in original publisher's cloth, it is also without any doubt the possessor of the most distinguished provenance as it is THE BRETT-PARRISH-STARLING-SELF copy with the bookplates of Oliver Brett, 3d Viscount of Esher (1881-1963); Morris L. Parrish (1867-1944); Kenyon Starling (1905 -1983); and William E. Self (1921-2010), each the most distinguished collector of Dickens of their generation. With Oliver Brett's penciled initials and date, Aug 1923, to page 625 at the novel's end. Now housed in a new purple cloth clamshell case with black leather labels. Eckel, pp. 82-85; Hatton and Cleaver, pp. 307-330. Smith, Dickens, I, 12. Bookseller Inventory # 001157
Autograph Letter, Signed ("Charles Dickens"), to Edward Chapman, 26 April 1847, on advancing the parts publication of the Cheap Edition of the Works, "I am sanguine for our getting up to the hundred thousand, including the first issue of the complete book. " & on accounts [In a copy of:] Dombey and Son
Book Description: Chester Place, [London], 1847, 1847. Chester Place Twenty Sixth April 1847 My Dear Sir, I think it will be a great thing to advance the parts as you propose. I am sanguine for our getting up to the hundred thousand, including the first issue of the complete book. You shall hear from me about the Frontispiece, very shortly. I will take care of it, without loss of time. It is not worth while, I think, to send any presentation copies of the parts. But I shall be glad to have a couple myself, always, regularly, and promptly. Will you mention to your book-keeper that in case he should meet a fair copy of our accounts to last Christmas, walking about anywhere, I should be glad if he will give her my compliments, and say she may rely upon a welcome, whenever she is disposed to come towards this part of the town. Faithfully yours always [Signed with flourish] Charles Dickens Edward Chapman, Esquire A fine Dickens letter, to his publisher Edward Chapman, who originated the notion of publishing Pickwick in parts, concerning his ambitions for publication of the Cheap Edition of the Works. The Cheap Edition, published in weekly numbers and in 54 monthly parts (1847-1852), began with Pickwick (frontispiece by C.R. Leslie) and remained in print for decades, securing Dickens' place in the popular imagination. The letter, which figured in the Wright sale in 1899, has been in a private collection for more than 50 years, hence its citation in the Letters only from the sale catalogue. Dombey and Son, published 1846-8, sold 35,000 copies in parts - here Dickens demonstrates the colossal ambition that would establish him as "the greatest Englishman of his generation" (Swinburne). And some fine humor about his accounts with Chapman Book: First edition, early issue points ("Delight" for "Joy" (twice) at p. 284; "Capatin" at p. 324; "if" omitted at p. 426). 12mo; book 8vo. 2 pp., pen and ink on laid paper, conjugate blank present. Letter: Fine (conjugate blank remargined), inserted. Book: Contemporary half green morocco and marbled boards, spine gilt, a.e.g. Minor rubbing. Fine, plates fresh (vignette title, frontispiece, 39 plates by H.K. Browne; twelve-line errata tipped in at final page of text). Provenance: William Wright (his sale, Sotheby's June 1899, lot 1148, quoted). Published: Letters, v. 5 (1980), p. 711 from catalogue description. For "Cheap Edition": see Gimbel D5. For Dombey & Son: Hatton & Cleaver pp. 240, 241, 244; Smith I:8. Bookseller Inventory # 245233
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