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DICKENS, CHARLES]. DANA, RICHARD HENRY, JR

Verlag: Boston 3 1/4 pages (9 3/4 by 7 3/4 inches January 31, 1842 (1842)

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Buchbeschreibung: Boston 3 1/4 pages (9 3/4 by 7 3/4 inches January 31, 1842, 1842. Original Autograph Letter Signed (ÒRichd. H. Dana Jr.Ó) written to DanaÕs English publisher, Edward Moxon describing the amazingly warm response of Americans to Charles Dickens visiting Boston. An absorbing letter showing DanaÕs wonderful narrative abilities of which more than half is devoted to DanaÕs account of DickensÕs stay in Boston during the English authorÕs celebrated first trip to America in 1842. Moxon was the British publisher of DanaÕs Two Years Before the Mast and the recently issued The SeamanÕs Friend. Ò. We have Dickens here with us, & the whole town is crazy [the author and his wife arrived in Boston from England on 22 January]. I doubt if a literary man ever made such a ÔprogressÕ through a country as he is making through ours. Indeed, I am certain it will be an era in literary history . From the moment the steamer was sighted, up to this hour. The whole community has been in a high fever . he is obliged to refuse all visitors except at certain hours, & then he holds a regular levee. The other day, when he went to sit for his portrait, on coming out, he found the ante room, staircase, etc., lined with people, young & old. One old lady asked him to stand still & let the ladies form a ring round, so that all could see him. This was too much for his risibles, & he laughed out, & told her eager ladyship that he was sorry, etc., but was in a hurry Ñ & was going off; when the ladies called out to the artist, ÔDo, Mr. A. stop him! DonÕt let him go!Õ In the meanwhile the standard men of literature & wealth are paying him every attention, & like him exceedingly . I have met him several times & like him very much. How full of life he is! . He told me much, in the way of answering questions, about yourself, Ô our friend,Õ as you call him, Capt. Ives, & others of whom I was curious to inquire . Dickens has told us many anecdotes of [Charles] Lamb, some of which are not yet published, & which interested us very much. You donÕt know what a feeling there is here about Lamb .Ó BostonÕs adulatory reception of the English writer reached its climax the next day (1 February) with a great banquet held in his honor which Dana also attended. DickensÕs visit to the United States (he returned to England in June) resulted in his American Notes for General Circulation (1842). Written in brown ink on a bifolium of gray paper with small embossed stamp of T. Groom, Boston; address panel, postmark, and remnants of red sealing wax. A rare view of Dickens in America through the eyes of a significant American writer. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 12588J

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DICKENS, CHARLES & WILKIE COLLINS

Verlag: London Osgood, McIlvaine & Co. 1892 (1892)

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Buchbeschreibung: London Osgood, McIlvaine & Co. 1892, 1892. First Edition. Laid in is an original Autograph Letter Signed by the author, Charles Dickens to fellow great 19th Century novelist, Wilkie Collins. Dated January 20, 1852, Tavistock House, 4 pages, octavo. Dickens sends Collins his thanks for Òthe present of a very pretty bookÓ [referring to Wilkie CollinsÕs mystery novel, Mrs. WrayÕs Cash Box - The Mask and the Mystery, which Collins gave to his friends in December, 1851], and Dickens enjoyed and found interesting. Dickens then passionately goes on to discuss at length the social issue of the placing of children of very poor urban families into the charitable homes of financially more affluent families to allow these distressed children to survive and develop instead of being sent out to work. Only a handful of letters from Dickens to Collins survive in private hands, and most of the letters Dickens wrote to Collins were signed with initials, where this one is signed by the author in full, ÒCharles DickensÓ and addressed in full ÒW. Wilkie Collins, Esquire.My Dear Collins.Ó Almost all of the original Charles Dickens letters to Wilkie Collins have been preserved at the Pierpont Morgan Library in New York. Of the handful of Dickens-Collins letters that exist outside that institution, this is one of few remaining in private hands. The book, itself, is a signed presentation copy from A.P. Watt, the worldÕs first professional literary agent to a friend inscribed: ÒTo Lady Lindsay, with the kind regards of A.P. Watt.Ó As CollinsÕ agent and literary executor, Watt found DickensÕ letters after CollinsÕ death, and was responsible for the creation of this book as explained in the bookÕs introduction. A very good copy enclosed in a morocco and cloth custom clamshell box. DickensÕ relationship with Collins was the only true, deep, time-tested literary companion Dickens ever had - from their early exchange of ideas, to the their several literary collaborations, their joint theatrical efforts, travels together, remaining friendly till the end of DickensÕ life at which time he was writing his very Collins-like novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood. This book and letter presents a superb association from the creator of such master works as A Christmas Carol and Great Expectations to the author of The Woman in White and The Moonstone. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 10106J

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The Works of Charles Dickens (Including: Bleak: Dickens, Charles

Buchbeschreibung: Chapman & Hall 1906-1908, London, 1906. Octavo, 40 volumes. Full red morocco bound by Bayntun, with gilt titles and elaborate tooling, blue inlay to the inner and rear panels. This example is finely bound and is extra-illustrated with two autograph letters signed by Charles Dickens. The first letter is to Sir John Bowring. An interesting letter regretting that Dickens did not attend Bowring's lecture and mentioning his "Falstaff house" and "All the Year Round" and joking with him about taking poison from the Natives. Bowring was a travel writer and the fourth Governor of Hong Kong. Published in Letters of Charles Dickens: 1836-1870, p 180. The second letter is from London, June 13, 1848, to Edward Davis. In which Dickens apologizes for not answering his letter earlier but explains that he has no connection to the Punch office and that his amateur company will not be able to visit Newcastle. Numerous plates throughout including mounted illustrations after George Cruikshank, Hablot K. Browne. An exceptional complete set in near fine condition. Charles Dickens is generally considered the greatest writer of the Victorian period. His works are characterized by attacks on social evils, injustice, and hypocrisy. "His imaginative freshness, his deep and sincere tenderness and pity, his whole-souled humor that is seldom sharpened into wit, his superabundance of creative energy, have built a deathless niche in the temple of fame for Charles Dickens" (Kunitz & Haycraft, 184). Buchnummer des Verkäufers 3507

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Great Expectations: DICKENS, Charles]; PAILTHORPE,

DICKENS, Charles]; PAILTHORPE, Frederick W.

Verlag: London: Robson & Kerslake, 1885 (1885)

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Buchbeschreibung: London: Robson & Kerslake, 1885, 1885. Frederick William Pailthorpe's Original Watercolor Drawings for Charles Dickens' Great Expectations[DICKENS, Charles]. PAILTHORPE, Frederick W. Great Expectations. The Original Pencil and Watercolor Drawings and a Set of Proofs of the Etchings. London: Robson & Kerslake, 1885. Folio (10 7/8 x 8 1/2 inches; 277 x 215 mm.). Twenty-one pencil and watercolor drawings, each one signed by F.W. Pailthorpe, (6 3/4 x 4 1/4 inches; 172 x 110 mm.), interleaved with corresponding etched proofs on Japanese paper in black ink (probably one of 50 such sets), each mounted and tipped-in to an album, all edges gilt. Contemporary full red crushed morocco by Wallis (stamp-signed on front turn-in). Covers triple ruled in gilt, spine with five raised bands, decoratively tooled and lettered in gilt in compartments, double gilt-ruled board edges, elaborate gilt turn-ins, black coated liners and end-leaves, all edges gilt. Lower corners a little bumped, otherwise fine.A superb, unique and complete set of Pailthorpe's original watercolor drawings to Great Expectations published by Robson & Kerslake in 1885. Provenance: Mary Pinkerton Carlisle- the daughter of the founder of the famous detective firm, and wife of Jay F. Carlisle (bookplate); her sale Parke-Bernet, New York, 18 January 1938, lot 108; Kenyon Starling and William Self (bookplates).Many images are in reverse and differ significantly in the exquisite detail of composition, though not in the essential subject matter. Great Expectations was first published in All the Year Round in 1860-1861, without illustrations, although Dickens commissioned illustrations from Marcus Stone for the Library Edition in 1862. Yale/Gimbel H1826 - recording a set of "21 sketches in watercolor over pencil, on brownish-yellow tracing paper" probably after the etchings.[Together with:]PAILTHORPE, Frederick W. Great Expectations. By Charles Dickens. London: Robson & Kerslake, 1885.Limited to 50 sets of Proofs on Japanese paper, in bistre, 51 to 100 (this being copy no. 100). Large octavo (10 1/2 x 6 7/8 inches; 267 x 175 mm.). Half-title, List of Etchings and Twenty-one proof etchings (including title-page) on Japanese paper in bistre ink. The engraved surface measuring 8 1/4 x 5 inches; 210 x 127 mm. Loose as issued in the original quarter silk backed engraved paper boards portfolio. Covers very slightly toned at edges, inside paste-downs foxed, very light wear to spine, lacking original silk ties. An excellent example.Provenance: Kenyon Starling and William Self (bookplates).Great Expectations was the thirteenth novel by Charles Dickens and was his penultimate completed novel. It was also Dickens's second novel, after David Copperfield to be fully narrated in the first person. It was first published as a serial in Dickens' weekly periodical All the Year Round, from December 1860 to August 1861. In October 1861, Chapman and Hall published the novel in three volumes. Great Expectations was not illustrated at the time of publication. Frederick W. Pailthorpe's twenty-one illustrations to Great Expectations were produced in 1885, twenty-five years after the novel was first published. Both the original serialization and the subsequent first edition in book form of Great Expectations were issued without illustrations. The only other occasion that Dickens did not collaborate with an illustrator for one of his 'major' novels was for Hard Times (1854).These 21 etchings by Frederick William Pailthorpe (1838-1914) are from the Robson & Kerslake edition from 1885. Pailthorpe was of the 'old school' of book illustrators as represented by George Cruikshank and Hablot Browne. He was a personal friend of Cruikshank whose influence on Pailthorpe's work is obvious. Over the past fifty years I have seen a couple of first editions, rebound after 1885 and containing the suite of twenty-one etchings.Yale/Gimble H1133 (recording other issues). Buchnummer des Verkäufers 04178

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The Works.: DICKENS, Charles.

DICKENS, Charles.

Verlag: London: Chapman and Hall Limited, 1929 (1929)

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Buchbeschreibung: London: Chapman and Hall Limited, 1929, 1929. 40 volumes, octavo (220 x 140 mm). Finely bound by Bayntun in contemporary blue-green crushed full morocco, raised bands to spines forming compartments, titles direct to second and fourth within simple frame gilt, remaining compartments with triple gilt rules enclosing central geometric floral device, covers geometrically panelled in gilt, top edges gilt, others untrimmed, broad turn-ins ruled and decorated in gilt, marbled endpapers, bound blue silk page-markers. Printed catalogue description of the autograph letter signed mounted to vol. 1 front free endpaper verso. Very lightly sunned on spines, lower outer corners of vols. 4 and 37 very lightly bumped. A superb set. Frontispieces and plates by Robert Seymour, George Cruikshank, Hablot Knight Browne, George Cattermole, John Leech and others; title pages printed in red and black. Limited edition of 300 sets, this set with an autograph letter from Charles Dickens to actress Fanny Kelly mounted to the initial blank of the first volume, dated 13 May 1857, headed with his return address of Devonshire Terrace and signed with his characteristic Dickensian flourish. The letter reads, "My dear Miss Kelly, I have read your letter to the Duke at your request, and I think it (as I could hardly fail to do) full of a natural grace and propriety, and marked by real feeling. I will give it him today. On the other side is the passport with Mrs Dickens' kind regards. Always faithfully yours, Charles Dickens". After retiring from the stage in 1835 Kelly established a flourishing training school for young actresses, and with the patronage of the Duke of Devonshire set up a model theatre at the back of her house on Dean Street, Soho in 1839. After a brief initial hiatus, "Kelly reopened the theatre, which was used by the first amateur company in the United Kingdom—the Amateurs, of which Dickens was a leading light—to produce Everyman before a very distinguished audience. The next production, on 3 January 1846, was a benefit for her by the same company, for which Dickens wrote a prologue to be spoken by her. However, despite an appeal to the duke of Devonshire which resulted in a £200 loan, she soon fell into debt when the theatre was, she was assured illegally, seized by the landlord. She lost £16,000 on the venture" (ODNB). Devonshire and Dickens both continued to support her after the venture failed and she was forced to move to Bayswater and then Feltham, Middlesex. Her obituary in the Times described her as "The last survivor of a great school of actresses". The Chapman and Hall Dickens also includes The Life of Charles Dickens in two volumes by John Forster. A fine library set, with an excellent autograph letter evoking Dickens's often overlooked dramatic interests. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 111623

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Dickens, Charles

Verlag: Chapman and Hall, London (1859)

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Buchbeschreibung: Chapman and Hall, London, 1859. Hardcover. Buchzustand: 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). Buchnummer des Verkäufers ABE-11874317723

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Pickwick Papers (Original Parts 20 in 19): Dickens, Charles

Dickens, Charles

Verlag: Chapman & Hall, London (1836)

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Buchbeschreibung: Chapman & Hall, London, 1836. Soft cover. Buchzustand: Fine. 1st Edition. First Editions, First Printings in the ORIGINAL MONTHLY PARTS SIGNED by Charles Dickens on a laid in check. A superb set in the publisher's green pictorial wrappers with minor wear to the spines and edges. These ORIGINAL wrappers include 27 additional plates with the rare suppressed plates by R. W. Buss in part 3. A total of 70 plates present, with the 27 additions showing different versions of the original 43, some plates being variants not mentioned in Hatton and Cleaver. "These three artists (Seymour, Buss, "Phiz") etched, in all, 92 plates for the completed work; of which 43 are the "Originals" as they appeared in the first issue of the monthly parts, 4 are "Replacements," 2 are "Substitutes," and 24 are "Duplicates" of the originals: total 73. The remaining 19 are not dealt with in this bibliography" (Hatton and Cleaver pp 17). Fourteen of the front wrappers and twelve of the back wrappers are first issue (the wrappers, like the plates, can be found in a number of variants). The text has issue points in twelve of the nineteen books, in this set two of the parts show first issue text and ten show later issue text. The Pickwick advertiser is present and complete in eleven of the sixteen parts which call for it. The set also retains five of the seven "addresses" that were issued in the course of publication. Back ads present are Parts IX, one ad;, part X, one ad; Part XIII, two ads; Part XIV, one ad; Part XV, seven ads; Part XVII, three ads; Part XVIII, four ads; and Part XIX-XX, four ads. This shows twenty-three of the thirty-four ads called for in Hatton and Cleaver. Not complete as for the advertisements, but still with many more ads here than most copies in recent years. An overall excellent set documenting the progression and development of the illustrated plates and their variations housed in a custom clamshell slipcase for preservation SIGNED by the author. Signed by Author(s). Buchnummer des Verkäufers ABE-16396580591

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Dickens, Charles

Verlag: Richard Bentley, London (1838)

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Buchbeschreibung: Richard Bentley, London, 1838. Hardcover. Buchzustand: 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). Buchnummer des Verkäufers ABE-11873974965

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Dickens, Charles

Verlag: Chapman and Hall: London (1861)

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Buchbeschreibung: 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. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 99-3819

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Charles Dickens Signed Portrait Photograph.: Dickens, Charles

Dickens, Charles

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Buchbeschreibung: 1868. Signed "Charles Dickens (with a large flourish) Washington, D.C. Seventh February 1868." Large oval portrait photograph measures 13 inches by 13 inches. Matted in a walnut frame which measures 24 inches by 27 inches. On his Washington tour Dickens met President Andrew Johnson and signed this photograph on the date of that meeting, February 7, which also happened to be Dickens' birthday. He discussed in a letter to his friend and agent John Foster regarding that day, "This scrambling scribblement is resumed this morning, because I have just seen the President: who had sent to me very courteously asking me to make my own appointment. He is a man with a remarkable face." From the Library of The Cosmos Club in Washington, D.C. Portrait photographs of this size signed by Dickens are exceptionally rare, especially with such noted provenance. Charles Dickens was an English writer and social critic. He created some of the world's best-known fictional characters and is regarded by many as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era. His works enjoyed unprecedented popularity during his lifetime, and by the twentieth century critics and scholars had recognized him as a literary genius. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 5825

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

Dickens, Charles

Verlag: London Bradbury and Evans (1846)

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Buchbeschreibung: London Bradbury and Evans, 1846. Soft cover. Buchzustand: 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). Buchnummer des Verkäufers ABE-15214791011

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The Old Curiosity Shop.: DICKENS, Charles.

DICKENS, Charles.

Verlag: Philadelphia: Lea and Blanchard, 1842 (1842)

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Buchbeschreibung: 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 quarter morocco solander box by the Chelsea Bindery. Spine expertly repaired, with restoration at head, dampstaining to top edge of contents, boards scuffed and dampstained, foxing throughout, offsetting and oxidisation to plates, as usual with American piracies of this date, overall a good copy. 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. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 90111

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

DICKENS, Charles.

Verlag: Philadelphia: Lea and Blanchard, 1842 (1842)

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Buchbeschreibung: 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. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 90110

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