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The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby. With illustrations by Phiz.

DICKENS, Charles.
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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

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David Copperfield. With illustrations by H.K. Browne.

DICKENS, Charles.
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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

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Book Description: Chapman & Hall. 1841, 1841. Illus. Contemporary full calf by Hayday for Chapman & Hall, spine in gilt, black & maroon labels; sl. rubbed & marked. INSCRIBED 'Mrs Burnett from her brother Charles Dickens, Eighteenth October 1842'. On the titlepage, bottom right hand corner, is written 'Christina King Pomeroy from her mother February 21st 1900'. In fold-over box The letter originally accompanying this presentation volume is quoted in Letters, Vol. III p.350, 'Dear Fanny, I send you the books by tonight's mail. As I have made great efforts to baulk the American Pirates by not suffering the American volumes to go out by tomorrow's boat, be very careful to keep them strictly to yourself and Henry until Thursday'. The other volumes sent were American Notes, promised on 14(?) October (Letters, Vol. III, p.344): '. on Tuesday night I will send you, by the Mail train, a Parcel containing its two volumes, and Barnaby .'. Frances Elizabeth (Fanny) Dickens, 1810-1848, Dickens's oldest sister with whom he was very close in childhood, studied music at the Royal Academy of Music. She married Henry Burnett, 1811-1893, and had a crippled son, Henry Jr, whom Dickens used as a model for both Paul Dombey and Tiny Tim. Fanny remained very dear to Dickens until her untimely death from consumption in 1848; he commemorated their childhood companionship in Household Words (6th April, 1850) with A Child's Dream of a Star. Fanny's husband, Henry, was a singer and music teacher. When about ten years old he sang before the Court at the Pavilion, standing on a table in the drawing room, while George IV (suffering from gout) was wheeled into the room, covered with flannels and bandages. He met Fanny at the Academy of Music and sang with her in several concerts. He then decided on a stage career and on 10th April, 1837 he took over from Braham the part of Squire Norton in The Village Coquettes. John Pritt Harley wrote to John Dickens of his 'talent and excellent bearing'. Bookseller Inventory # 58031

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Book Description: Boston: Ticknor & Fields. 1866, 1866. Frontispiece printed on smaller paper & neatly laid down opposite title, text printed on unusual (proof?) paper, possibly for the author to annotate. With numerous additions, deletions and underlinings by Dickens. Half red morocco by Macdonald & Sons. Bookplates of the Comte Alain de Suzannet; Kenyon Starling & Self. 18pp. v.g. In quarter red morocco slipcase. DICKENS'S ANNOTATED READING COPY, used by him for his last American readings. INSCRIBED ON THE NIGHT OF HIS FINAL READING, in blue ink on the upper portion of the titlepage: 'Charles Dickens. His Reading Book To H.M. Ticknor, 20th: April, 1868'. Dickens's additions and reworkings of the text are in blue & brown ink. His deletions (usually readable without difficulty) total about 140 words; his additions, mostly penned in the margins, total approximately 30 words. In the text, Dickens has carefully underlined phrases and whole sentences, to suggest dramatic emphasis. A few pencilled notes signed 'T' (presumably Ticknor) on page 10 note small variations from the amended text, as read by Dickens. At the time of the publication of Martin Chuzzlewit, Dickens heard striking and humorous accounts of a nurse who cared for Mrs Hannah Brown, née Meredith, companion of his close friend Miss Burdett-Coutts (to whom he later dedicated the novel). 'The nurse was a woman of great eccentricity and little ability who ultimately had to be dismissed . but her personality made a lasting impression upon her employers and through them upon English literature' (John D. Gordon). In the colourful anecdotes of the dipsomaniac nurse, Dickens perceived the outlines of a new comic character for Martin Chuzzlewit, sales of which had been disappointing. In 1858 Dickens launched a series of public readings based on his novels; for this he adapted and revised portions of some 20 narratives, of which 17 were delivered in public. The series of readings Dickens gave in Boston in 1867-68 were enormously successful. In his first reading version, prepared in 1858, Dickens had meticulously pasted together and revised portions of his Martin Chuzzlewit text to create a reading comprising some 10,000 words, which is now in the Berg Collection. Dickens greatly reduced the reading to this version of some 4,000 words. 'The final version in print was published in 1868 by Ticknor and Fields . It is not just in length that the two versions differ drastically; the scenes with which each ends are entirely dissimilar.' The improved version pleased most hearers, for it 'produces a unified effect and ends with the emphasis on Mrs Gamp .' (Gordon, pp.12-12). But, even with the condensed version in hand, characteristically, Dickens still felt the need to make additional revisions, as manifest in this reading copy. Of some 20 extant revised 'prompt' copies for the author's readings, some 13 are in the Berg Collection. Howard M. Ticknor was son of William D. Ticknor who established his Boston publishing business in 1832; one of his partners was James T. Fields. When William died, Howard took over the partnership Ticknor & Fields. James R. Osgood joined the firm in 1868; the three partners were responsible for arranging Dickens's Readings in Boston in March-April. Ticknor & Fields earned £1,000 commission from Dickens's Reading Tour plus 5% on all Boston receipts. The gift of this book was sent to Ticknor via Fields on 14th May, 1868, after Dickens's return to England, 'by Saturday's Cunard', together with (for Fields) 'a trifling supply of the pen-knibs that suited your hand' and 'a Do. of unfailing medicine for cockroaches'. Bookseller Inventory # 57612

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Book 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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Great Expectations.

DICKENS, CHARLES.
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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

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Autograph manuscript leaf from The Pickwick Papers.

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Book 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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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

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Great Expectations.

DICKENS, Charles
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Book Description: 1861. First edition. 8vo. Original purple cloth binding. London, Chapman and Hall. First issue, 3 volumes, in the original purple cloth. Eckel notes that finding a copy of Great Expectations in its original binding is quite difficult, as the majority of the first edition was purchased by lending libraries, and subsequently re-bound due to wear.Wave-grain purple cloth still bright on boards, spines and upper edges slightly sunned, with upper spines of volumes I and III re-backed. Endpapers cracked and hinges starting on outside of all three volumes. Some rubbing on boards, especially on front of vol. I and rear of vol. III, as expected. Sadly, all corners are slightly rubbed or bumped.This copy collates perfectly to all first edition points in Eckel. In addition to that, it also collates perfectly to all typograpic first issue points identified in Margaret Cardwell's introduction to the 1993 Clarendon Edition. Four such points, each of which was amended in later issues of the first edition, occur in volume III: ?theres? on page 173, ?be/tween? on page 228, ?skackled? on page 262 and ?had began? on page 217. A full collation or listing of typographic points and issues of re-set or damaged type is available upon request.Podeschi A146. In a quarter-morocco folding case. Bookseller Inventory # MO54540

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Book 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 swept away by the tide of circumstances on which he had madly cast himself. The more I see and hear of such surprises, Bookseller Inventory # 58040

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Book 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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American Notes for General Circulation

DICKENS, CHARLES.
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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

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A Child's History of England. Vol. I 1853; Vols II & III

DICKENS, Charles.
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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

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Great Expectations

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Book Description: 0. DICKENS, Charles. Great Expectations. Original cloth. London: Chapman and Hall, 1861. 3 Vols. First edition. Without any "edition" notice on the titles, third impressions of each volume (with the exception of Vol. 3, p. 39, second impression). Only 1,000 copies of the first edition were published, with most of those going to circulating libraries. 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. To save the magazine, Dickens wrote, "It was perfectly clear that the one thing to be done was, for me to strike in. I have therefore decided to begin the story as of the length of The Tale of Two Cities on the first of December--begin publishing, that is. I must make the most I can out of the book. You shall have the first two or three weekly parts to-morrow. The name is GREAT EXPECTATIONS. I think a good name?" (Dickens, Letter to Forster 4 Oct. 1860). Eckel, p. 91- 93. Sadleir 688. Smith I, 14, Some very minor rubbing to extremities, some very slight sunning to spines, else a fine set in a custom cloth clamshell case. Fine copies of this work are particularly difficult to find due to most of them going to circulating libraries. Bookseller Inventory # 54228

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Book Description: Chapman and Hall, London, 1841. First edition (first separate issue). Large octavo. Modern brown levant morocco, edges, gilt, by Bayntun. Some browning to sheet edges, some occasional spotting, small marginal chip to U6. Cloth slipcase. The Kenyon Starling-William Self copy.A superb Christmas presentation copy, inscribed by Charles Dickens to his friend Daniel Maclise, painter of the single most celebrated portrait of Dickens. Inscribed on the top blank margin of the title page; ÒDaniel Maclise from his friend Charles Dickens, Christmas Day 1841Ó (ten days after publication). MacliseÕs association with literary figures began with his friendship with William Harrison Ainsworth in 1827. At one of AinsworthÕs parties, Maclise met John Forster, around 1834, which began a lifelong friendship. Forster met Dickens in 1836 and soon introduced him to Daniel Maclise, and they all would frequent the Parthenon Club. Maclise painted the celebrated portrait of Dickens in 1839 and from 1840-42 their friendship was at its height. Maclise contributed a number of illustrations to DickensÕ works including The Old Curiosity Shop (1940), which like Barnaby Rudge was a separately issued work created from portions of Master HumphreysÕ Clock. MacliseÕs illustrations also appear in The Cricket on the Hearth (1846), The Chimes (1845) and The Battle of Life (1846). Bookseller Inventory # 70889

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A Christmas Carol

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Book Description: Chapman and Hall, London, 1843. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. First Edition, First Printing SIGNED by Dickens on a laid in signature with NO indication of later edition printed on the title page. Later Editions state "second edition" or "third Edition" on the title page beneath the tree. 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 '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. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # ABE-12065287250

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A CHRISTMAS CAROL

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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. [1] 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

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David Copperfield. A Reading. In Five Chapters

Dickens, Charles
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Book Description: [London]: Privately Printed [by William Clowes and Sons, Stamford Street], n.d., [ca. 1866], 1866. Dickens' public readings were among the legendary performances of the middle nineteenth century. "Dickens poured all his resources of his art and personality into these readings (his favourite always remained the adaptation from David Copperfield)" (Ackroyd, p. 902). He condensed the novel himself and selected passages relating to Dora Spenlow, whom he modelled upon Maria Beadnell, the love of his youth. The present copy, from the library of distinguished Dickensian Herman LeRoy Edgar, is one of two known copies of the private printing ordered by Dickens. Dickens' own extensively marked and rewritten copy, from the library of Cortlandt F. Bishop (lot 566, $4100 in 1938), is now in the Berg Collection at the New York Public Library. The title page is identical in both copies, with the subheadings "A Reading" and "In Five Chapters" on separate lines. The present copy is untrimmed; the text begins at page [3], "Chapter the First.", and bears pencil corrections in the margins of page 11, one correcting the spelling of the word "his" and the other noting an extra space within the word "am" (both are corrected in the Dickens copy at the Berg). Examination of the copy at the Berg reveals that it is printed on thicker wove paper stock, and that the sheets were trimmed by the binder; it contains an additional "Introduction" of twenty pages, numbered [i]-xx. The opening of this section is clearly derived from, and in fact partly printed from, the setting of type of the original Chapter the First, at pp. [3]-5, where large portions of text used in the "Introduction" are struck through. On p. [i] Dickens has written "in all, six chapters" and has corrected the chapter numbering throughout, so that the heading in type on page [3], "Chapter the First." is corrected by hand to Chapter "II". The present copy contains the earliest setting of Dickens' selection from David Copperfield. In the Ticknor & Fields authorized edition of the Readings, published in the autumn of 1867 (though dated 1868), David Copperfield follows Dickens' revised structure in six chapters. Unique in this state, and with distinguished provenance ONE OF TWO KNOWN COPIES of Dickens' private edition, the present copy in earliest state and printed on thin proofing paper. 8vo (222 x 148 mm). Pp. [1, title], [2, Clowes imprint], [3]-104 (text, with Clowes imprint at foot of last page). Bound in twentieth-century red morocco, top edge gilt, others uncut, by Henderson & Bisset. With a few repairs to the title page at margins and along gutter, a few paper flaws. Fine. Provenance: Herman LeRoy Edgar (his sale, 19 April 1944, $875); with leather bookplate of great Lebanese-American collector Francis Kettaneh; Kenyon Starling; Wm. Self. Bookseller Inventory # 238530

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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

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Book Description: English author (1812-1870), Dickens remains one of the most popular author's of the Victorian era. His body of work is truly impressive, with novels such as 'A Christmas Carol' (1843), 'David Copperfield' (1850) and 'Great Expectations' (1861) remaining enduringly popular. An autograph quotation signed by Dickens. He has chosen the final sentence of Chapter One of 'David Copperfield'. This novel is considered the most autobiographical of all Dickens's works and he referred to it as his "favourite child". G. K. Chesterton, the great literary critic, summarised the experience of reading it: "In this book of David Copperfield, [Dickens] has created creatures who cling to us and tyrannise over us, creatures whom we would not forget if we could, creatures whom we could not forget if we would, creatures who are more actual than the man who made them." One page (written on one side), Tavistock House letterhead, Monday TwentyFourth January 1859. Boldly signed at the close "Charles Dickens" with his usual extravagant paraph. Measures 181x114mm and is unframed. In very good condition, with expected mailing folds. The letter is accompanied by a note of provenance from Boston University confirming that this item has been deaccessioned from their archive. An extremely rare document from one of the world's greatest authors. In full: "No, I lay in my basket, and my mother lay in her bed; but Betsey Trotwood Copperfield was for ever in the land of dreams and shadows, the tremendous region whence I had lately travelled; and the light upon the window of our room shone out upon the earthly bourne of all such travellers, and the mound above the ashes and the dust that once was he, without whom I had never been". Bookseller Inventory # F101286

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A Collection of the Five Christmas Books. ALL

DICKENS, Charles.
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Book 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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Oliver Twist.

DICKENS, Charles
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Book Description: 1846. With twenty-four illustrations on steel, by George Cruickshank. A new edition, revised and corrected, ten monthly parts. 8vo. Original wrappers. London, Bradbury and Evans. This monthly edition of Oliver Twist was not issued until eight years after the novel had first been published as a three-decker. The twenty-four plates are those used for the original Bentley edition, re-touched, re-bitten and 'enhanced' by the engraver Findlay, and with the Bentley imprints erased.This set collates nearly perfectly, with some swapping of back covers, as is unfortunately common. All plates are present, the 24th being Oliver and Miss Mailie standing at Agnes's tomb, rather than the earlier (cancelled) 'Fireside' plate present in the first issue of the first edition. The wrappers have some minor restoration and some spotting overall, otherwise an excelllent set. Podeschi A38. In a dark blue morocco folding case.(Back cover of part II from part I, back cover of part VI from part III, back of part VII from part VI, front cover of part VIII from part I or II, back cover of part IX from part I, (front cover of part IX possibly a facsimile?). Bookseller Inventory # MO54576

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Charles Dickens?s Works [Edition des Bibliophiles]

DICKENS, Charles | Kyd | Garnett, Richard |
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Book Description: London: Merrill & Baker, 1900., 1900. The "Edition des Bibliophiles" of the Complete Works of Charles Dickens?One of 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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Oliver Twist, in 10 monthly parts.

DICKENS, Charles.
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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

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Adventures of Oliver Twist Or, The Parish Boy's Progress

DICKENS, Charles
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Book Description: London Bradbury and Evans, 1846. Exceptionally Rare in Parts DICKENS, Charles. The Adventures of Oliver Twist: or, The Parish Boy’s 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. [1]2-311[312],[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

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A Tale of Two Cities

Dickens, Charles
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Book 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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A Christmas Carol. In Prose. Being a Ghost Story of Christmas.

Dickens, Charles
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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

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Book Description: No Binding. Book Condition: Fine. An exceptional autograph quotation signed by Charles Dickens, from The Old Curiosity Shop. On a large, approximately 8.5" X 10.5" sheet, Dickens has penned the following excerpt, describing the death of Nell: "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." Dickens adds his signature, with a flourish, then "Tremont House, Boston. Twenty-fourth January 1842". In very fine condition. An incredibly bright and attractive quotation, in bold blue ink throughout. After a rough Atlantic crossing, Dickens had arrived in Boston on 22nd January 1842, accompanied by his young wife, Catherine, where he received a hero’s welcome from common readers and the Boston intelligentsia alike. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 000201

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Oliver Twist; or, the Parish Boy's Progress. by "Boz." In Three Volumes

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Book 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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Great Expectations

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Book Description: Chapman and Hall, London, 1861. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. First Edition, First Printing, fifth issue. This copy is SIGNED by Charles Dickens on a laid in envelope. Three volumes, including the publisher's catalog dated August 1861 at the rear of Volume III. Bound in the ORIGINAL publisher's ribbed purple cloth binding, with ruling and decorations in blind to boards, lettering and decorations in gilt to spine. Each volume with bright boards, toning to the spines, wear to the extremities, some light rubbing across. Volume I, with spine cracked at front hinge, former owner's signature to the dedication page. Volumes II and III each starting at front hinges, former owner's signature to the title pages. Each volume with otherwise intact spines and extremely bright and clean interiors. 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. Smith I, 14. Great Expectations was originally published serially in All the Year Round, the author's literary magazine, in thirty-six weekly issues from December 1860-August 1861. It is one of Dickens' two novels that was not illustrated in the first book edition, the other being Hard Times. The first issue of the first edition, 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." Thus, the first five issues are essentially the same first edition with varying title pages, printed simultaneously and issued in successive intervals. While some of the first issue's misprints were fixed, the corrections were not all-encompassing, yielding a variety of misprints and corrections in the first issues. For example, this volume contains some of the later issue corrections, but includes an earlier catalog that was also published in earlier issues. 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 and increasing the rarity of a privately-owned later issue of the first printing. Great Expectations is Dickens' thirteenth novel. Like his 1850 novel David Copperfield, it is a bildungsroman that follows the protagonist's life from childhood to adulthood and is written entirely in the first-person. Great Expectations tells the story of a young orphan boy named Pip and his "great expectations" of becoming a gentleman and receiving his benefactor's wealth and property. A classic Victorian novel, Great Expectations features many of Dickens' recurring themes, including orphans, prison life, and Victorian society. Overall, a solid unrestored, uniform set, all original and not made up or supplied from other copies. An affordable copy in collector's condition. We buy Dickens First Editions!!!. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # ABE-11911268622

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