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Literature 1785 - 1893
day People. John Macrone, 1836, 1837. First editions. The first series in original dark green cloth with gilt titles on the spine, with variant orange coated endpapers; the second series in peach coloured cloth lettered in gilt to the spine and yellow coated endpapers. The second series in Sadleir’s earlier state. An exceptional set, seldom seen in such uniformly excellent condition. £19,500 EARLY DICKENS IN CLOTH 5. DICKENS, Charles THE LIFE AND ADVENTURES OF NICHOLAS NICKLEBY Chapman & Hall, 1839. First edition. Publisher’s primary binding of dark green fine diaper cloth, with plain ruled borders in blind to covers and titles in gilt on the spine. A crisp copy with minimal wear. The author’s third novel. Seldom encountered in good original cloth. £7,500 SIGNED RELIC OF DICKENS’S THESPIAN PURSUITS 6. DICKENS, Charles A PLAYBILL AND SIGNED TICKET FOR A “STRICTLY PRIVATE” AMATEUR PERFORMANCE Bradbury and Evans, September 20, 1845. The original playbill, and a ticket signed by Dickens, for the amateur performance of Ben Jonson’s Every Man In His Hu- mour in which Dickens starred. The ticket (95 x 130mm), titled “Strictly Private” and inscribed in Dickens’s hand for “Miss M. Holskamp”, and offering her seat no. “40” in “Boxes. Sec - ond Circle”. The ticket is also signed by Dickens to verso. Both items mounted, framed and glazed, with a window mount to verso showing Dickens’s signature. An excellent relic of a extravagant evening of amateur dramatics, both organised by and starring Charles Dickens. £9,500 FIRST ONE VOLUME EDITION 7. DICKENS, Charles OLIVER TWIST or The Parish Boy’s Progress Bradbury & Evans, 1846.
RARE IN ORIGINAL CLOTH 1. BLACKMORE, R.D. LORNA DOONE Sampson Low, 1869. First edition. Publisher’s original blue finely ribbed cloth (Carter’s A variant). Together with a first edition of Slain by the Doones and an autograph letter. It has long since been regarded as one of the rarest of the major nineteenth century novels in original cloth. £18,750 RARE ARABIAN POETRY, BEAUTIFULLY PRESERVED 2. CARLYLE, J. D. SPECIMENS OF ARABIAN POETRY Print- ed by John Burges, Printer To The University, 1796. First edition, second issue (as usual), with the cancel title page. A fine copy, beautifully preserved in a contemporary binding. Perhaps Carlyle’s most significant contribution to Orientalist scholarship, this work prints sixty poems by Arabic poets, of - ten from MSS, before providing the English translation and biographies of the authors. £1,250 “TO-DAY COPIES ARE RARELY SEEN” 3. COLLINS, Wilkie THE QUEEN OF HEARTS Hurst & Black- ett, 1859. First edition. Three volumes in publisher’s olive, wavy grained, cloth with gilt titles to the spine and decoration to covers in blind.A fine copy, with only the most trivial wear to the spine ends. Exceptionally scarce in the original cloth, Michael Sadlier notes even in 1951, “that to-day copies are rarely seen”, and places it second in his list of comparative scarcities. £25,000 DICKENS’ FIRST WORK IN ORIGINAL CLOTH 4. [DICKENS, Charles] SKETCHES BY “BOZ,” [FIRST AND SECOND SERIES] Illustrative of Every-day Life and Every-
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