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DICKENS, Charles (Charles John Huffam), 1812-1870 : THE POSTHUMOUS PAPERS OF THE PICKWICK CLUB.
London : Piccadilly Fountain Press, -1932. The Lombard Street edition : limited to 1,000 sets, originally issued, like the original edition, in monthly parts. A handsome production, including facsimiles of all the original plates by Robert Seymour, Robert W. Buss and “Phiz” (Hablot Knight Browne) in their rare first states, facsimiles of the original wrappers in first state, facsimiles of the original manuscript, the original prospectus, etc. Edited by John Harrison Stonehouse, who also provides an illuminating introduction on the origins and original publishing history of the work.
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DICKENS, Charles (Charles John Huffam), 1812-1870 : MASTER HUMPHREY’S CLOCK.
London : Chapman & Hall, 1840-1841. First edition, in book form, bound from the original parts, of both “The Old Curiosity Shop” and “Barnaby Rudge” – “Master Humphrey” was never reprinted, and even unsold copies were cannibalised (within weeks of issue) to make separate books of the two titles we know today. “I am conscious that my pen winces a little even while I write these words. But it was done, and wisely done; and ‘Master Humphrey’s Clock’, as originally constructed, became one of the lost books of the earth, – which, we all know, are far more precious than any that can be read for love or money” (Charles Dickens, in 1848). A specimen wrapper from both the weekly and monthly issue of the parts is preserved at the rear of each volume.
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DICKENS, Charles (Charles John Huffam), 1812-1870 – editor : THE PIC NIC PAPERS. BY VARIOUS HANDS.
London : Henry Colburn, 1841. First edition. A lively collection of stories and occasional pieces assembled by Dickens as a way of financially assisting the widow and children of his first publisher, John Macrone, who had died at the age of just twenty-eight. Dickens wrote the preface and the first story, “The Lamplighter”, and there are further contributions from William Harrison Ainsworth, Allan Cunningham, W. H. Maxwell, Thomas Moore, Leitch Ritchie, Horace Smith, Agnes Strickland, and others who preferred to remain anonymous.
DICKENS, Charles (Charles John Huffam), 1812-1870 : PICTURES FROM ITALY.
London : for the Author, by Bradbury & Evans, 1846. First edition. With Dickens to Italy via Lyons and Avignon – Genoa, Parma, Modena, Bologna, Ferrara, Verona, Mantua, Milan, Rome via Pisa and Siena, Naples, Pompeii, and Florence. With charming illustrations by Samuel Palmer (1805-1881).
DICKENS, Charles (Charles John Huffam), 1812-1870 : DOMBEY & SON.
London : Bradbury & Evans, 1848. First edition : bound from the original monthly parts published between October 1846 and April 1848.
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DICKENS, Charles (Charles John Huffam), 1812-1870 : HARD TIMES. FOR THESE TIMES.
London : Bradbury & Evans, 1854. First edition. “What I want is, Facts. Teach these boys and girls nothing but Facts ...”. The book edition appeared a week before the completion of the serialisation in “Household Words”.
DICKENS, Charles (Charles John Huffam), 1812-1870 & OTHERS : MRS. LIRRIPER’S LODGINGS. THE EXTRA CHRISTMAS NUMBER OF ALL THE YEAR ROUND.
London : Chapman & Hall, 1863. First edition. The recently widowed Mrs Lirriper looks after her assorted lodgers – a tale in seven chapters. Dickens wrote the opening and closing chapters, framing the five contributions from Elizabeth Gaskell (How the First-Floor Went to Crowley Castle), Andrew Halliday (How the Side-Room was Attended by a Doctor), Edmund Hodgson Yates (How the Second-Floor Kept a Dog), and Amelia Ann Blanford Edwards (How the Best Attic was Under a Cloud).
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PROCTOR, Richard A. (Richard Anthony), 1837-1888 : WATCHED BY THE DEAD : A LOVING STUDY OF DICKENS’ HALF-TOLD TALE.
London : W. H. Allen & Co., 1887. First edition. An interesting study and possible solution to 'The Mystery of Edwin Drood', supplied by the prolific writer on astronomy, mathematics, etc.
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