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Suite of 29 original drawings for Bleak: DICKENS, Charles.) BROWNE,

DICKENS, Charles.) BROWNE, Hablot K.

Published by London: Bradbury and Evans, 1853 (1853)

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Item Description: London: Bradbury and Evans, 1853, 1853. Comprising 29 drawings of various sizes (generally about 110 × 175 mm) in pencil and watercolour, individually mounted on sunk mounts, hinged, in a late 19th-century album. The album oblong folio (310 × 240 mm), dark blue morocco, front cover with large metal monogram (comprising initials C, E, I, and G), fore edge with brass lock and key, edges red. Together with a copy of the published book in 19/20 original parts, octavo, original pictorial wrappers. Book label in Part 1 of Mortimer L. Schiff (1877–1931). Wrappers a little chipped at spine ends as often, plates with marginal oxidisation as usual, a very good set. Frontispiece, vignette title-page, and 38 engraved plates (including 10 "dark" plates) by H. K. Browne. As usual, there is some variation in the make-up of the inserted advertisements from the exhaustive collation of the ideal copy provided by Hatton & Cleaver; however, "The Village Pastor" booklet in Part 15, described by Hatton & Cleaver as "rather scarce" and "often wanting" is here present. Hablot Knight Browne (1815–1882) is the illustrator most closely associated with Dickens: he even changed his pseudonym to Phiz to harmonize with Dickens's Boz. His achievement in rescuing the ill-fated images for Pickwick Papers established his reputation, and he continued to illustrate the majority of Dickens's full-length novels until the end of the 1850s. The illustrations to Bleak House show him at the zenith of his powers. Thirty-nine Phiz illustrations were originally published with the book's serialization in 1852–3. The present collection of 29 drawings, which remained unknown to Kitton, was sold at auction in 1922 for £480. The collection was then described as being accompanied by a letter (no longer present) dated 1 July 1878, reading: "Dear Sir, The sketches which I have forwarded to you, are those which my father (Hablot K. Browne) made for his etchings to 'Bleak House', which I received direct from his hands. I am, Dear Sir, yrs. Faithfully, W. G. N. Browne." The collection was subsequently acquired by the noted collector Mortimer L. Schiff (1877–1931), remaining in the possession of his heirs after his death. One other set of Phiz drawings for this title is known to us, a complete set of drawings for the originals, including the frontispiece and vignette title, formerly in the collection of the Duchess of St Albans, together with similar suites for David Copperfield and Dombey and Son. These were sold by Sotheby's, 20 Nov. 1899, lots 826–8, to Sabin, who paid £360 for the Bleak House drawings. All three collections are now in the Elkins Collection, Free Library of Philadelphia. That the present collection includes drawings done before publication is indicated by the artist's instruction on the illustration for "Mr Guppy's Entertainment", "Bite it all a shade darker H.K.B." In other respects, the drawings mostly conform to the final published versions, with the notable exceptions of the design for "Visitors to the Shooting Galley", which is quite different, and the dramatic drawing of "The Mausoleum at Chesney Wold", which is apparently unpublished in this version. The album of original drawings is offered together with a copy of the first edition in the original parts, which appeared in 20 numbers, bound in 19 monthly parts, the last forming a double number, from March 1852 to September 1853. "Writing at the height of his powers, Dickens adopts a virtuoso form of double narration, and the novel has since the middle of the twentieth century been widely acclaimed as his greatest work" (ODNB). Eckel, p. 79–81; Hatton & Cleaver, pp. 275–304. Bookseller Inventory # 100033

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The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club.: DICKENS, Charles.

DICKENS, Charles.

Published by Philadelphia: Lea and Blanchard, 1842 (1842)

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Item Description: Philadelphia: Lea and Blanchard, 1842, 1842. Large octavo. Original brown vertical grain cloth, covers blind-stamped, spine with figure and title in gilt (stained, worn), inscribed to Bryant "from his friend and admirer, Charles Dickens". Housed in a brown quarter morocco solander box by the Chelsea Bindery. Substantial dampstaining to top edges of boards, also affecting contents but to a lesser extent, head and tail of spine chipped, wormholes to joints, boards rubbed and scuffed, ring stain to front board, some spotting and oxidisation of plates, sporadic foxing and tanning to text. Provenance: by descent from the recipient. Presentation copy, inscribed by Dickens to William Cullen Bryant (1794–1878), editor of the New York Evening Post and a leading poet of his generation: "William Cullen Bryant From his friend and admirer Charles Dickens", signed with his characteristic lavish underscores. Dickens met Bryant for their first private audience on his American tour on Tuesday 22 February 1842 and presented him with a gift of six books, all American editions of his own works. Bryant reciprocated by presenting Dickens a copy of this own The Fountain and other Poems, his inscription using the same form of words (that copy later in the Stephen H. Wakeman collection, sold American Art Association, April 1924, lot 26, $400). Bryant was well-disposed to Dickens, at that time the most famous living author in the world, but he, like many other Americans, was dismayed by the criticisms Dickens expressed in his American Notes (1842) and in the American chapters of Martin Chuzzlewit (1844). However, he recovered sufficiently to visit Dickens as an old friend on his return to America in 1867. The fact that this is an American edition of Dickens's first publishing success is evocative: Dickens had strong feelings on the contentious issue of international copyright, and the subject hung over the whole trip. He mentioned it himself several times during his public engagements, eventually drawing on himself the wrath of the American press. Lea and Blanchard (successors to Cary and Lea) were Dickens's "official" American publishers and had prepared for his visit by reprinting his works to date, but the American economy was in the middle of a depression, general fiction could only be sold in the cheapest possible formats, and the cash-strapped publishers were not eager to further erode their profits by paying royalties to foreign authors. Bookseller Inventory # 90110

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DICKENS, Charles

Published by N.p. [before April 1837, London (1837)

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Item Description: N.p. [before April 1837, London, 1837. Autograph manuscript leaf from The Pickwick Papers, comprising a page from Chapter 37, with text beginning; ÒIt may be, but I ainÕt much in the chimical line myself, so I canÕt sayÓ and concluding ÒYouÕll see some very handsome uniforms.Ó. Paginated Ô75Õ at the top of the page by Dickens. [London, just before April 1837]. A leaf from the setting manuscript used by Bradbury and Evans, printers to Chapman and Hall, with many deletions and insertions by Dickens. The deletions include three full lines of text plus four words blotted out; DickensÕ insertions consist of three word added interlineally at the top left.One leaf (230 x 185 mm.), manuscript text on recto only, written in a brown ink. Inky fingerprint at lower center, minor browning to extreme edges, faint evidence of mount along one edge. Housed in an orange morocco folder with more silk lining and in a quarter morocco clamshell case.From the group of eleven leaves owned by the Comte Alain de Suzannet and later sold by SothebyÕs in 1971. The Kenyon Starling-William Self copy.A leaf from DickensÕ working manuscript of the ÒPickwick PapersÓ; One of a very few in private hands. The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, which catapulted the then-young Dickens into literary fame and evidenced the economic fortuity of issuing novels in parts, was serialized from April 1936 to November 1937, and it audience grew tremendously with each monthly installment. The 25-year-old wrote, revised and delivered his manuscript to the publisher in monthly bundles. The complete manuscript, had it been preserved, would have been very large indeed. But, in keeping with the practice of the time, his holographic leaves were almost always destroyed as soon as they were set in type. Charles Hinks, foreman-printer at Bradbury & Evans, managed to save forty-four leaves of DickensÕ original manuscript from the dust bin. The great majority of these leaves are now in institutions in the US and England. Only a single leaf has been offered for sale in the last few decades and that was the one form the Paul Francis Weber collection sold by SothebyÕs in 1985.The text of this leaf constitutes part of a comic scene involving the redoubtable Sam Weller, who is much given to loud whistling. In this chapter Pickwick and his friends are in Bath and Weller has received and invitation to dine with the elegantly uniformed Ôselect footmenÕ of Bath. One John Smauk is sent to accompany Weller and he is much irritated by WellerÕs whistling. Full transcript available. Bookseller Inventory # 70802

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Item Description: New York: The Gillis Press. 1847/1899, 1847. Half title, frontispiece portrait & plates by F.W. Pailthorpe. Limited to 85 copies. Full red morocco by Rivière & Son, spine gilt; hinges rubbed & sl. weak. Bookplate of Lowell M. Palmer. In fold-over box. Bound in after the pamphlet is the working draft with extensive autograph revisions and deletions, 139 lines on 4pp, 4to. It was written by Dickens in 1847 in order to raise money for Leigh Hunt's Benefit. The humorous series of caricatures is told in the first person by Mrs Gamp, the character from Martin Chuzzlewit. It gives an account of an amateur theatrical expedition to Manchester and Liverpool - based on that undertaken by Dickens's company in July & August. Those caricatured include Dickens himself, Leigh Hunt and John Poole, Dudley Costello, George Cruikshank, Augustus Egg, John Leech, Frank Stone, John Forster, Douglas Jerrold and Mark Lemon. Dickens's intention was to publish the sketch with illustrations by Cruikshank, Egg, Leech, Stone and Daniel Maclise to raise further funds for Hunt, but the project did not materialise. An uncorrected proof was printed and sent to Frank Stone and is now in Dickens House. The Clarendon Edition of Martin Chuzzlewit describes this manuscript as lost, having been sold at auction in June 1899 as part of the library of William Wright, via the bookseller Robson, to Lowell Palmer. The manuscript, according to Forster, was to have been titled Mrs Gamp's 'New Piljians Projiss', an Account of a Late Expedition into the North, for an Amateur Theatrical Benefit, written by Mrs Gamp (who was an eye-witness). But, see following item for Dickens's ambivalence about the title. Dickens outlined the story to Forster in a letter on 4th August, 1847. Proofs were sent to members of the cast to add to Dickens's beginning. When the hoped-for illustrations failed to appear, Dickens abandoned the project and gave the manuscript to Forster. The version of this skit included in Forster's Life was from a proof printing not the manuscript, whereas the 1899 printing includes 'authentic readings and must be derived from manuscript' The Clarendon Edition printing uses the proof but incorporates the 'clearly authentic readings' from 1899. A full and accurate transcription of the manuscript remains to be completed. It can be said with certainty that the reference to the white wig 'that Mr Macready went mad in' was indeed introduced by Forster. Bookseller Inventory # 57611

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The Old Curiosity Shop.: DICKENS, Charles.

DICKENS, Charles.

Published by Philadelphia: Lea and Blanchard, 1842 (1842)

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Item Description: Philadelphia: Lea and Blanchard, 1842, 1842. Large octavo. Original brown vertical grain cloth, covers blind-stamped, spine with figure and title in gilt (stained, worn), inscribed to Bryant "from his friend and admirer, Charles Dickens". Loss to head of expertly repaired spine, front joint and hinge cracked, dampstaining to top edge of contents, boards scuffed and dampstained, foxing throughout, offsetting and oxidisation to plates. With two autograph letters signed to the poet and journalist William Cullen Bryant, Carlton House, New York, 14 and 27 February 1842, together 3 pages, 8vo, the second with later annotation to upper margin. Provenance: by descent from the recipient. Presentation copy, inscribed by Dickens to William Cullen Bryant (1794–1878), editor of the New York Evening Post and a leading poet of his generation, inscribed by Dickens: "William Cullen Bryant From his friend and admirer Charles Dickens", signed with his characteristic lavish underscores, and with two accompanying autograph letters signed. In the first letter Dickens writes: "With one exception (and that's Irving) you are the man I most wanted to see in America". Dickens excuses himself for not having been able to see Bryant when he called, adding though that "As I lost what I most eagerly longed for, I ask you for your sympathy and not for your forgiveness". He presses Bryant to come and breakfast with him—"I don't call to leave a card at your door before asking you, because I love you too well to be ceremonious with you. I have a thumbed book at home, so well now that it has nothing of you on the back, but one gilt 'B', and the remotest possible traces of a 'y'. My credentials are in my earnest admiration of its beautiful contents". The second letter was the cover note to the gift of six American editions of Dickens's works, all similarly inscribed: "If I had any control over the accompanying books, they should be unillustrated, and in outward appearance more worthy your acceptance." After the delays indicated by the first letter here, Dickens finally met Bryant for their first private audience on his American tour on Tuesday 22 February 1842. Bryant responded to the gift of books by presenting a copy of this own The Fountain and other Poems, his inscription using the same form of words (that copy later in the Stephen H. Wakeman collection, sold American Art Association, April 1924, lot 26, $400). Bryant was well-disposed to Dickens, at that time the most famous living author in the world, but he, like many other Americans, was dismayed by the criticisms Dickens expressed in his American Notes (1842) and in the American chapters of Martin Chuzzlewit (1844). However, he recovered sufficiently to visit Dickens as an old friend on his return to America in 1867. The fact that this is an American edition is evocative: Dickens had strong feelings on the contentious issue of international copyright, and the subject hung over the whole trip. He mentioned it himself several times during his public engagements, eventually drawing on himself the wrath of the American press. Lea and Blanchard (successors to Cary and Lea) were Dickens's "official" American publishers and had prepared for his visit by reprinting his works to date, but the American economy was in the middle of a depression, general fiction could only be sold in the cheapest possible formats, and the cash-strapped publishers were not eager to further erode their profits by paying royalties to foreign authors. Bookseller Inventory # 90111

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Charles Dickens

Published by Chapman and Hall, London (1861)

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Item Description: Chapman and Hall, London, 1861. Hard Back. Book Condition: Very Good. A truly stunning first edition set. The first appearance of Great Expectations in book form. Originally it appeared it thirty-six weekly numbers of  'All the Year Round'. All first edition, first printings - no 'edition' mentioned on the title page. Limited to just 1000 copies of the true first issue. Beautifully bound by Riviere, in full polished calf. Gilt triple ruled borders to boards, red and green label bands to the spine. Five raised bands to the spine of each volume, with beautiful intricate gilt tooling to each section, gilt titles to the label band, and date to the bottom of each volume. Top edge gilt, fore edge and bottom edge untrimmed. Stunning elaborate gilt inner dentelles. Green endpapers, new prelims and last blank pages, otherwise entirely original. Just the slightest of rubbing to the spine edges otherwise in excellent condition, no fading at all to the spines so they present beautifully and sit very well together on the shelf. Original paper labels pasted in to an end page to each volume. Slight foxing otherwise contents in very good condition, free from any inscriptions. Pages nice and bright with no browning. Meet all reference points as stated in the Walter E. Smith bibliography, including 'recal' to pg84 Vol 1, 'their' for 'her' on pg162 of Vol 2, and 'skackled' for 'shackled' pg262 Vol 3. No publishers catalogue to the rear of volume three but Smith does state that 'some copies of the first five issues did not contain catalogues'. Vol 1 344pp. Vol 2 351pp. Vol 3 344pp. A beautiful first edition set of one of the greatest literary masterpieces of all time, a true collector's edition. Bookseller Inventory # 089380

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Great Expectations (3 Volume Set): Dickens, Charles

Dickens, Charles

Published by Chapman and Hall, London (1861)

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Item Description: Chapman and Hall, London, 1861. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. First Editions, First Printings of all three books without any "edition" printed on the title pages. Later editions such as second, third, fourth and fifth impressions state the impression on the title page. A wonderful set bound in the ORIGINAL publisher's purple/blue cloth limited to 1000 copies printed. This book was First published without illustrations in 36 weekly parts in Dickens's magazine All the Year Round from 1 December 1860 to 3 August 1861. Dickens had planned to issue Great Expectations in monthly parts, but sales of All the Year Round were declining during the serialization of Charles Lever's A Long Day's Ride: A Life's Romance and never happened. Great Expectations and Hard Times were the only two novels by Dickens NOT published in parts. The bindings of all three books are tight, with NO cocking or leaning and the boards are crisp with some wear. There is some spotting and discoloration to the boards. The pages are clean with some foxing to each book. Overall, a wonderful set of this TRUE FIRST EDITION housed in a custom clamshell slipcase for preservation. We buy Dickens First Editions. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-14219979459

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Dickens, Charles

Published by Signet Classics (1968)

ISBN 10: 0451500156 ISBN 13: 9780451500151

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Item Description: Signet Classics, 1968. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0451500156

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Adventures of Oliver Twist Or, The Parish: Dickens, Charles

Dickens, Charles

Published by London Bradbury and Evans (1846)

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Item Description: London Bradbury and Evans, 1846. Soft cover. Book Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. First Editions, First Printings bound in the ORIGINAL blue/green wrappers SIGNED by Charles Dickens on a handwritten check laid into the first volume. A beautiful complete set in ten parts that were issued monthly. All the wrappers are ORIGINAL with NO missing pages. The colors on the spines match and have benefitted from some professional restoration. Overall, a wonderful set housed in a custom clamshell slipcase for preservation SIGNED by the author. We buy Charles Dickens First Editions. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # ABE-15214791011

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Sketches by "Boz," Illustrative of Every-day Life,: Dickens, Charles
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Item Description: John Macrone, London, 1837. Cruikshank, George (illustrator). 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

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Item Description: Chapman & Hall. 1844, 1844. Half title, frontispiece & additional engraved title, illus. by Daniel Maclise, Richard Doyle, John Leech, Clarkson Stanfield. Handsomely bound in 19th century full green crushed morocco; hinges skilfully repaired, small mark to front board. Bookplates of M.C. Borden and John C. Eckel. a.e.g. v.g. Bound after the half title is a manuscript address leaf in Dickens's hand: 'Private the Countess of Blessington. Charles Dickens' and an engraved portrait of the Countess after A.E. Chalon. Press cutting (undated) pasted in at end records the sale of this copy, where it is described as the 'only gem' of a Dickens sale. In cloth slipcase. Dickens writes in his letter to Lady Blessington of 6th December, 1844 (Letters, Vol. IV, p.235): 'My proofs have been delayed. I send them to you the moment I receive them. As the book is not published until the sixteenth, I need not ask you to keep them "close".' There is an additional India Proof plate bound in opposite Page 19 of an illustration, not used in the published book, of Trotty Veck and Meg by John Leech. Dickens wrote to Kate Dickens on 2nd December, 1844 - 'the little book is now, so far as I am concerned, all ready. One cut of Doyle's and one of Leech's I found so unlike my idea that I had them both to breakfast with me this morning, and with that winning manner which you know of, got them with the highest good humour to do both afresh. They are now hard at it. Stanfield's readiness - delight - wonder at my being pleased - in what he has done is delicious. Mac's frontispiece is charming. The book is quite splendid, the expences will be very great I have no doubt' There is a similar proof copy in the Gimbel Collection (page 87 'a second copy', where it is described as 'a trial issue' and indicates the differences from the published version). The Gimbel copy is signed by Charlotte Jeffrey and is the copy sent for review to Francis Jeffrey of The Edinburgh Review. There are the following differences between the first issue and this Proof Copy: the type in which the author's name is set on the titlepage is one millimeter taller; pages 34 and 120 lack running titles and printed page numbers; the text is reset in lines 17 to 19 of page 95, lines 15 to 21 of page 119, line 1 and 2 of page 123, and lines 4 and 5 of page 171; there is broken or raised type in line 18 on page 87, line 6 on page 139, line 22 on page 147, and line 22 on page 163. Bookseller Inventory # 58038

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DICKENS, Charles.

Published by Chapman & Hall. 1845 (1845)

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Item Description: Chapman & Hall. 1845, 1845. Half title, frontispiece & additional engraved title, illus. by Daniel Maclise, Richard Doyle, John Leech, Clarkson Stanfield. Original red cloth, gilt, carefully recased. INSCRIBED on titlepage: 'Thomas Powell, From Charles Dickens September Fourth 1845' Later ownership inscriptions: on verso of half title, Ellen Maria Streater; on leading f.e.p., E. Harrell. a.e.g. In morocco-backed fold-over box. Thomas Powell, 1809-1887, miscellaneous writer, embezzler and forger, ingratiated himself in literary circles until his defalcations at the merchants in which Dickens's friend Thomas Chapman was partner were discovered in 1846. In his reminiscences, Leaves from my Life (Frank Lesley's Sunday Magazine, New York, 1886), many details of which are inaccurate, Powell claimed a close relationship to the Chapman family and also to have been employed by them since 1823; he certainly knew them by 1834 and was subsequently employed by Chapman and married Frances Maria Machell on 27th February, 1836. Powell published Attempts at Verse anonymously with Effingham Wilson, 'an old friend of my father's', in June 1837, after consulting Wordsworth, whom he knew by 1836 - by 1837 he was sending him presents of cheese and Powell's eldest son, Arthur Wordsworth may have been Wordsworth's godson. By 1839 Southwood Smith called him his 'very dear friend' and had introduced him to Leigh Hunt; the pretext of helping Hunt in his financial difficulties increased Powell's literary connections and he contributed poems to The Monthly Chronicle. In 1842 he published, probably at his own expense, two verse plays and a volume of poems, mainly work previously published - also poems that he had acquired (possibly by purchase). By this time Robert Browning had met Powell who soon became 'a constant visitor' at Browning's house at Peckham; at some time Browning 'took pity on him and helped his verses into a little grammar and sense' Browning later claimed to have 'found him out earlier than most of his dupes' In the summer of 1843 Powell became part proprietor of the new Foreign and Colonial Review, later The New Quarterly, but was unreliable in his payment to contributors. According to Shelton MacKenzie, Chapman arranged a party on 27th July, 1842, including Dickens and Powell, to see the restored Crosby Hall; but the two may have met earlier through Southwood Smith or Talfourd. In 1844, Powell helped Dickens place his brother Augustus in employment at Chapman's (see letters of 24th February & 2nd March 1844; Letters, Vol. IV, p.50). They were still friendly in 1846 when Dickens sends epigrams of Powell to the Daily News (20th February, 1846; Letters, Vol. IV, p.503). In 1846 Thomas Powell's defalcations were discovered, amounting to £10,000 and 'effected both by forgery and peculation' according to a later letter from John Chapman. After the discovery, Powell attempted suicide with laudanum; Chapman dismissed him, but did not prosecute him for the sake of his family. Dickens wrote to Thomas Chapman on 3rd July, 1846: 'My Dear Sir, It was a very considerate and friendly act of you to time your communication on the most painful subject of the breach of confidence in your house, as you did, and to make it to me yourself. Accept my thanks for this proof of your regard among many others: and with them the assurance of my friendship and esteem. I have been perfectly horrified by the whole story. I could hardly name a man in London whom I should have thought less likely to stand so committed, than he. Not that I had any intimate knowledge of his pursuits, or any close acquaintance with himself or his usual mode of thinking and proceeding - but I had an idea of his great steadiness and reliability, and a conviction of his great respect and regard for you. God help him, I believe, even now, that he was sincere in the latter feeling, and was overcome and sw. Bookseller Inventory # 58040

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A Christmas Carol: Dickens, Charles

Dickens, Charles

Published by Chapman and Hall, London (1843)

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Item Description: Chapman and Hall, London, 1843. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. First Edition, First Printing SIGNED by Dickens on a handwritten envelope laid into the book. This is the TRUE FIRST EDITION with the ORIGINAL green endpapers and ALL the First Issue points present. All four color plates are by Leech are vibrant in color. The 4 black and white illustrations by Linton are present. This First Issue also has most important point 'Stave I' on page 1 with the uncorrected text and the 1843 date printed on the title page. The title page is printed in blue and red ink. The front board has the perfect 'D' within 'Dickens' and a 14mm closest gap from left margin to left of wreath. This copy is bound in the ORIGINAL publisher's brown Cloth. The binding is tight with light wear to the spine. The pages are clean with NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. A wonderful copy SIGNED by the author and housed in a custom clamshell slipcase. We buy SIGNED Dickens First Editions. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # ABE-12065287250

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Oliver Twist, in 10 monthly parts: DICKENS, Charles

DICKENS, Charles

Published by Bradbury & Evans, London (1846)

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Item Description: Bradbury & Evans, London, 1846. hardcover. Book Condition: very good. First. 8vo, printed green wrapper, designed by George Cruikshank. 24 plates. London: Bradbury & Evans, January - October, 1846. Parts 3-9 are in 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, page 62. "Complete sets can without exaggeration be described as of the utmost rarity, whether in fine, moderate or poor condition." Hatton & Cleaver, page 215. Bookseller Inventory # 256411

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Dickens, Charles

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Item Description: Chapman and Hall: London, 1861. 3 vols. 8 x 5", violet embossed cloth, 344pp, 351pp; 344pp + 32pp publisher's catalogue, covers rubbed, extremities bumped and worn, spines sunned and cocked, hinges loose, vol. 1 eps spotted, contents a bit worn with some finger soiling, ink marks on ffep of vol. 2, vol. 2 rear fly creased else a nice set in a custom gilt-dec golden crushed morocco; cloth case by Bayntun-Riviere (though not stated as such- from a collection of Bayntun-Riviere signed bindings.) FIRST EDITIONS IN THE ORIGINAL CLOTH; volume 3 is a later state with the apostrophe on p. 173, and with period in heading on p. 238, BUT WITH ALL OTHER POINTS AS GIVEN IN THE WALTER E. SMITH BIBLIOGRAPHY INCLUDING THE MAY 1861 PUBLISHER'S CATALOGUE AT REAR OF VOLUME 3. Bookseller Inventory # 99-3819

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Dickens, Charles

Published by Carey & Hart, Philadelphia (1844)

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Item Description: Carey & Hart, Philadelphia, 1844. Hardcover. 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

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A Tale of Two Cities (in 8: Dickens, Charles

Dickens, Charles

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Item Description: Chapman and Hall, London, 1859. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. First Editions, First Printings in the ORIGINAL 8 monthly parts in seven books. A spectacular copy of this complete set. These monthly parts are bound in the ORIGINAL blue wrappers with the First Issue text with p. 213 showing "113" and the List of Plates bearing signature "b." This set collates complete, with the often-seen substitution of the Morison "Monument" ad for the Morison "View" ad in Part III and with a substitution of the slip from Part I in Part V. De Jongh ad at the back of part V is a different issue. The Plates in the wrappers are lightly foxed with minor wear to the wrappers. Overall, a magnificent set seldom seen in the original parts especially in this condition. Includes a custom drop box bound to protect the parts. We buy Dickens in parts. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-12487726004

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Christmas Carol In Prose. Being a Ghost: DICKENS, Charles

DICKENS, Charles

Published by London Chapman & Hall (1844)

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Item Description: London Chapman & Hall, 1844. "Trial Issue," with the Title-Page Printed in Red and Green DICKENS, Charles. A Christmas Carol. In Prose. Being a Ghost Story of Christmas. With Illustrations by John Leech. London: Chapman & Hall, 1844. First edition, first issue, the very rare so-called "trial issue," with title-page printed in red and green and half-title in green; "Stave I;" text entirely uncorrected; yellow coated endpapers. (Very few copies were published with first issue points in 1844). Small octavo. [8], 166, [2, ads] pp. Four hand-colored steel-engraved plates by and after Leech and four wood-engraved text illustrations by W.J. Linton after Leech. Original cinnamon vertically-ribbed cloth. Outer hinge repaired. Covers decoratively stamped in blind, front cover and spine decoratively stamped and lettered in gilt, all edges gilt. Binding matches Todd’s first impression, first issue, with closest interval between blindstamped border and gilt wreath equal to 14 mm. and with the "D" in "Dickens" in perfect condition. Spine a little faded, previous owner's contemporary signatures on front free endpaper. Overall, a wonderful copy of this great rarity, exceptionally clean and bright. Housed in a half red morocco clamshell case. Although A Christmas Carol was published in Dec. of 1843, it is believed that Dickens wanted this to originally have an 1844 date to show that it was a new book for Christmas. Eckel calls this edition "the scarcest." Smith, Dickens, II, 4. Calhoun & Heaney, especially pp. 35, 48-49. Eckel, p. 118. HBS 67075. $30,000. Bookseller Inventory # 67075

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Oliver Twist, in 10 monthly parts: Dickens, Charles

Dickens, Charles

Published by Bradbury & Evans, London (1846)

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Item Description: Bradbury & Evans, London, 1846. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. First Editions, First Printings in the ORIGINAL 10 monthly parts with ALL the advertisement inserts present but with back wrapper parts 5, 9 and 10 differing from Hatton and Cleaver bibliography. This complete set has ALL the original publisher's covers present with NO missing text. The wrappers are in nice shape with some wear to the spines and edges. The pages are clean with minor wear. Overall, a lovely set housed in a red morocco-covered slipcase. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-16348492370

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The Christmas Books: A Christmas Carol; The: Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens

Published by Chapman and Hall 1843-48, London (1843)

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Item Description: Chapman and Hall 1843-48, London, 1843. First editions, first issues of all five of Charles Dickens' Christmas Books. Octavo, original cloth, 5 volumes. A Christmas Carol, in Prose. Being a Ghost Story of Christmas is first state binding ("D" intact, 14mm margin), half-title printed in blue, title-page printed in red and blue, verso printed in blue, hand-colored etched frontispiece and three hand-colored etched plates by John Leech, four wood-engravings in-text by W.J. Linton after Leech, 2pp. publisher's advertisements at the end. First edition, second impression per Smith, first impression, first issue per Todd YB43c (yellow endpapers, blue and red title-page, 1843 date, Stave One, remainder of text unrevised per Todd, also all per Scott save p.21, ln. 22, see supplement Table I Scott), one of three combinations that per Todd do not recur in the later issue, order 2 per Todd (no priority, outer b1 inner a1), sewers' mark "12" and line to verso of ad leaf and recto rear endpaper, and with one of five points noted in VanderPoel (space between sentences p.127, ln. 22, is 4mm). Very light wear to the cloth, otherwise fine. The Chimes. A Goblin Story of Some Bells that Rang an Old Year Out and a New Year yellow endpapers, a.e.g., advertisement, half-title, engraved frontispiece and first state vignette title page. First edition, first issue, with internal flaws per Smith (save "h" p.166, some copies). In near fine condition. The Cricket on the Hearth. A Fairy Tale of Home yellow endpapers, a.e.g., half-title, frontispiece and vignette title page, first state ad leaf. First edition, first issue, with internal flaws (save p.iv and 79). Front inner hinge cracked; manuscript inscription to title page. The Battle of Life. A Love Story has yellow endpapers, a.e.g., half-title, advertisements, frontispiece and second state vignette title page [Todd C2, Eckel 2]. First edition, with four internal flaws per Smith. In near fine condition. The Haunted Man and The Ghost's Bargain. A Fancy for Christmas-Time. London: Bradbury & Evans, 1848. 12mo, original red cloth, yellow endpapers, a.e.g., advertisements, frontispiece and vignette title page. First edition, with internal flaws noted per Smith (save pp.iv and 122, some copies). In near fine condition. Housed in a custom clamshell box. An exceptional set, uncommon in this condition. A Christmas Carol "may readily be called the Bible of Christmas It was issued about ten days before Christmas, 1843, and 6000 copies were sold on the first day the number of reprintings have been so many that all attempts at the figures have been futile. Altogether 24 editions were issued in the original format" (Eckel, 110). "It was a work written at the height of Dickens’ great powers, which would add to his considerable fame, bring a new work to the English language, increase the festivities at Christmastime, and contain his most eloquent protest at the condition of the poor" (John Mortimer). "Suddenly conceived and written within a few weeks, [A Christmas Carol] was the first of Dickens’ Christmas books (a new literary genre thus created incidentally) it was an extraordinary achievement—the one great Christmas myth of modern literature.". Bookseller Inventory # 4330

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Charles Dickens’s Works [Edition des Bibliophiles]: DICKENS, Charles |

DICKENS, Charles | Kyd | Garnett, Richard |

Published by London: Merrill & Baker, 1900. (1900)

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Item Description: London: Merrill & Baker, 1900., 1900. Edition des Bibliophiles One of Only Twenty-Six CopiesDICKENS, Charles. Charles Dickens’s Works. Edited by Richard Garnett. Most Unusually and Elaborately Illustrated. London: Merrill & Baker, [1900].Edition des Bibliophiles. Limited to twenty-six lettered and registered copies (this copy being Letter "H," Printed for Sadie Belle Lufkin). Thirty-two octavo volumes (8 15/16 x 6 inches; 227 x 154 mm.). Elaborately illustrated with frontispieces and plates, including photogravures, etchings, photo-etchings, from the original illustrations by Frederick Barnard, Hablot K. Browne ("Phiz"), George Cattermole, George Cruikshank, Dalziel, F.O.C. Darley, Luke Fildes, John Gilbert, Edwin Landseer, John Leech, Daniel Maclise, J. Mahoney, F.W. Pailthorpe, Robert Seymour, Stanfield, F. Stone, Marcus Stone, and others, including fifty original watercolor drawings ("Aquarelles") by "Kyd" (Joseph Clayton Clarke) of Dickens’s characters. Descriptive tissue guards.Contemporary blue crushed levant morocco. Covers decoratively tooled in gilt in a floral design within a gilt single fillet border, spines decoratively tooled and lettered in gilt in compartments with five raised bands, gilt-dotted board edges, turn-ins decoratively tooled in gilt within an outer border of a gilt-dotted rule and two gilt fillets, red calf doublures, red watered silk liners, top edge gilt, others uncut. Partially unopened. Although the spines are uniformly faded to green and a few leaves are poorly opened, this set is in a spectacular binding. Bookseller Inventory # 00566

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Dickens, Charles

Published by Richard Bentley, London (1838)

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Item Description: Richard Bentley, London, 1838. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. First Edition, First Printing. This book has the First issue point with the 'Fireside' plate and the author credited as 'Boz' to the title page. This copy is SIGNED by Charles Dickens on a laid in envelope. An attractive copy with light wear to the spine and edges. The bindings in all three books are tight, bound in the ORIGINAL publisher's cloth. The pages are clean with light discoloration. There is NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. Overall, a lovely copy of this (3) Volume First Edition SIGNED by the author. We buy Charles Dickens First Editions. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # ABE-11873974965

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A Christmas Carol: Dickens, Charles

Dickens, Charles

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Item Description: Chapman and Hall, London, 1843. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. First Edition, First Printing. This is the TRUE FIRST EDITION with following First Issue points present "Four hand colored steel-engraved plates by John Leech" "Four black and white wood-engraved illustrations by W.J. Linton" "The title page in printed in blue and red" "dated 1843 on title page" "The front board has a perfect 'D' within 'Dickens' and a 14mm closest gap from left margin to left of wreath" with two pages of advertisement present on last page." A wonderful copy. The book is great shape. The binding is tight with NO cocking or leaning and the boards are crisp with minor wear. The pages are exceptionally clean with NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. A sharp copy housed in a custom clamshell slipcase. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-13175143843

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Item Description: Bradbury & Evans May -November 1850, 1849. FIRST EDITION IN THE ORIGINAL 20 MONTHLY PARTS (bound in 19 as issued), with the 38 plates by 'Phiz' bound 2 at the front of each part, frontispiece and dated vignette title-page in the final part with the other preliminary matter, advertisements as per Hatton and Cleaver (including the rare folding advertisement for Letts diaries, but without sample leaves), some plates lightly spotted or foxed, one advertisement in final part loose, one back advertisement in final Part loose, 8vo, original printed wrappers, spine of Part 1 repaired, small tear to the rear hinge of Part 19/20, tiny repairs to the fore-edges of Parts 2 and 3, preserved in a red cloth clamshell box with the Suzannet bookplate inside it and a modern bookplate above it (just covering the top of the earlier one), very good. One of the scarcest and most desirable of the parts issues. This is an exceptional set (reflecting its Suzannet provenance), largely unsophisticated, with the wrappers minimally soiled and of an even brightness and colour. (Hatton & Cleaver pp. 253-72). Bookseller Inventory # 55682

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DICKENS, Charles.

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Item Description: 1843-48, 1843. FIRST EDITIONS. A CHRISTMAS CAROL. In prose. Being a ghost story of Christmas. With illustrations by John Leech. First issue. Chapman & Hall. 1843. Half title, hand-coloured frontispiece & plates, illus., 2pp ads. Red & blue titlepage, half title & verso of title printed in blue, "Stave 1" as the first chapter heading, uncorrected text, green endpapers. Original salmon-pink vertically-ribbed cloth; sl. marking, v. small knock to outer edge of back board. a.e.g. A beautiful copy. THE CHIMES: a Goblin story of some bells that rang an old year out and a new year in. Second issue. Bradbury & Evans for Chapman & Hall. 1845. Half title, frontispiece & additional engraved title, illus. by Daniel Maclise, Richard Doyle, John Leech, Clarkson Stanfield. Original red cloth. a.e.g. Fine. THE CRICKET ON THE HEARTH. A fairy tale of home. Second issue. Printed and published for the Author, by Bradbury & Evans. 1846. Half title, frontispiece & additional engraved title, illus. by Maclise, Doyle, Leech, Stanfield & Landseer, 2pp ads. Original red cloth. a.e.g. Fine. THE BATTLE OF LIFE. A love story: 4th issue. Bradbury & Evans. 1846. Half title, frontispiece & additional engraved title, illus. by Maclise, Doyle, Stanfield & Leech, 2pp ads. Original red cloth. a.e.g. Fine. THE HAUNTED MAN and The Ghost's Bargain. A fancy for Christmas-time. Bradbury & Evans. 1848. 2pp initial ads, frontispiece & additional engraved title, illus. by Tenniel, Stanfield, Stone & Leech. Original red cloth. a.e.g. Fine. In cloth slipcase. Smith Part II; 4, 5, 6, 8 & 9; primary bindings. A really nice bright set in original cloth. Bookseller Inventory # 58037

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Charles Dickens

Published by Dana Estes & Company, Boston (1846)

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Item Description: Dana Estes & Company, Boston, 1846. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. No Jacket. Illustrated Edition. 12mo - over 6¾ - 7¾" tall. Illustrated Sterling Edition. Green and gilt boards. Bookseller Inventory # 000001

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Item Description: Charles Dickens signed autograph quotation of the death of his Little Nell, who became a cultural icon"She was dead. No sleep so beautiful and calm, so free from trace of pain, so fair to look upon. She seemed a creature fresh from the hand of God, and waiting for the breath of life; not one who had lived and suffered death." Charles Dickens's literary success began with the 1836 serial publication of The Pickwick Papers. In 1839 he added Oliver Twist, and his fame grew. The Old Curiosity Shop was his fourth novel, and Dickens first published it along with some short stories in his short-lived periodical, Master HumphreyÕs Clock, which lasted from 1840 to 1841. This fourth novel was so popular that New York readers stormed the wharf when the ship bearing the final installment arrived. The Old Curiosity Shop was printed in book form in 1841.In the preface to The Old Curiosity Shop Dickens wrote, ÒI had it always in my fancy to surround the lonely figure of the child with grotesque and wild, but not impossible companions, and to gather about her innocent face and pure intentions, associates as strange and uncongenial as the grim objects that are about her bed when her history is first foreshadowed.Ó He carried out his fancy in the work, which tells the story of Nell Trent, a beautiful and virtuous young girl of "not quite fourteen." An orphan, she lives with her maternal grandfather in his shop of odds and ends. Her only friend is Kit, an honest boy employed at the shop, whom she is teaching to write. Obsessed with ensuring that Nell does not die in poverty as her parents did, her grandfather attempts to provide Nell with a good inheritance through gambling at cards. He borrows heavily from the evil Daniel Quilp, a malicious, grotesque, and hunchbacked moneylender. In the end, he gambles away what little money they have, and Quilp seizes the opportunity to take possession of the shop and evict Nell and her grandfather. Convinced that the old man has stored up a large fortune for Nell, her older brother Frederick convinces the good-natured but easily led Dick Swiveller to help him track Nell down, so that Swiveller can marry Nell and share her supposed inheritance with Frederick. To this end, they join forces with Quilp and pursue the girl and her grandfather. Nell, having fallen in with a number of characters, some villainous and some kind, succeeds in leading her grandfather to safety in a far-off village, but this comes at a considerable cost to Nell's health.Kit, having lost his job at the curiosity shop, has found new employment with the kind Mr. and Mrs. Garland. Here he is contacted by a mysterious 'single gentleman' who is looking for news of Nell and her grandfather. The 'single gentleman' and Kit's mother go after them unsuccessfully, and encounter Quilp, who is also hunting for the runaways. Quilp forms a grudge against Kit and has him framed as a thief. Kit is sentenced to transportation. However, Dick Swiveller proves Kit's innocence, and Quilp is hunted down and dies trying to escape his pursuers. At the same time, a coincidence leads Mr. Garland to knowledge of Nell's whereabouts, and he, Kit, and the single gentleman (who turns out to be the younger brother of Nell's grandfather) go to find her. Sadly, by the time they arrive, Nell has died as a result of her arduous journey. Her grandfather, already mentally infirm, refuses to admit she is dead and sits every day by her grave waiting for her to come back until, a few months later, he dies himself.Dickens himself was traumatized by her death, saying he felt writing it as though he were experiencing the death of one of his children; he also wrote of it, ÒOld wounds bleed afresh when I think of this sad story.Ó It certainly brought back painful memories of the death of his sister-in-law, Mary Hogarth, and indeed that death played a key role in DickensÕs formulation of the character. Little Nell became a cultural symbol with a long-lasting impact. As author David Fru. Bookseller Inventory # 10869

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DICKENS, Charles]

Published by Richard Bentley, London (1838)

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Item Description: Richard Bentley, London, 1838. First edition, first issue, of the first novel to feature a young child as a protagonist. Vols. I and III in twelves and Vol. II in eights. [i-iv], [1]2-331[1, blank], [4 ads]; [i-iv], [1]2-307[308]; [2, ads], [i-iv], [1]2-315[316] (no half-title called for in Vol. III.). Twenty-four inserted plates by George Cruikshank. Original publisherÕs binding of brown fine-diaper cloth, blind arabesque blocking on the boards, spines in five blind-ruled compartments, gilt lettered in two, publisherÕs imprint at foot, yellow endpapers, uncut [Carter binding variant B]. Spines a tad faded, corner of one free endpaper renewed. Cloth slipcase. A lovely copy . From the library of Thomas Hatton & Jean Hersholt (plates and signatures). The Kenyon Starling-William Self copy.The title pages are of first issue, attributing the work to ÒBoz,Ó rather than Charles Dickens. With the first issue ÒFiresideÓ version of the ÒRose Maylie and OliverÓ plate. Both these points were changed at Dickens' request within about of week of publication. Smith I, 4. Bookseller Inventory # 70890

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Great Expectations: Dickens, Charles

Dickens, Charles

Published by Chapman and Hall, London (1861)

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Item Description: Chapman and Hall, London, 1861. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. 5th or later Edition. First Edition, fifth issue. Three volumes, including the publisher's catalog dated August 1861 at the rear of Volume III. Bound in the publisher's original ribbed purple cloth binding, with ruling and decorations in blind to boards, lettering and decorations in gilt to spine. This copy has the majority of the first issue points, with only a few of the corrections that were made after the first issue. Overall, a clean and attractive set, extremely rare in the unsophisticated publisher's cloth. The first issue of the first edition book, published on July 6, 1861, was followed by four subsequent issues of the same edition, published on August 5, August 17, September 21, and October 30 of the same year. Smith notes that "These first five issues were probably printed at a single impression and published with altered title pages to imply and encourage a rapid sale In all five issues, the same misprints persist." The first issue, which included a print run of 1,000 copies was "almost entirely taken up by the libraries," leaving only a few hundred copies for private ownership. Overall, a beautiful unrestored, uniform set. Housed in a custom-made collector's slipcase. Bookseller Inventory # 1602012

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Dickens, Charles

Published by Chapman and Hall, London (1859)

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Item Description: Chapman and Hall, London, 1859. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. First Edition, First Printing. This is the TRUE FIRST EDITION with the First issue point with page 213 miss-paginated. The publisher's catalog is present and dated November 1859. This copy is SIGNED by Charles Dickens on a laid in check dated 1859, the same year this book was published. A wonderful UNRESTORED copy bound in the ORIGINAL publisher's Red Cloth. The binding is tight with light wear to the boards. The pages are clean with minor discoloration to the endpapers. There is NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. Overall, a lovely copy of this First Edition SIGNED by the author. We buy Charles Dickens First Editions. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # ABE-11874317723

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