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First one volume edition. Original blue-grey cloth with blind ornamental border to the covers and gilt wreath vignette to the upper cover. A fine copy, bright and crisp with barely a hair out of place. Dickens’ second novel, originally published in three volumes in 1838. Such was its popularity that Dickens was persuaded by his new publishers to revise to work to be issued with re- drawn illustrations in a single volume. Uncommon in cloth, particularly so well preserved. £5,000 IN FINE ORIGINAL CLOTH 8. DICKENS, Charles THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD Bradbury & Evans, 1850. First edition. First state of vignette title page (dated). Publish - er’s primary binding of sage green cloth stamped in blind with ruled border and central arabesque to covers and lettered in gilt on the spine. An exceptionally well preserved copy. Sadleir listed it at the top of his list of comparative scarcities for Dickens in fine condition and we have found it consistently the most difficult of Dickens’ major works to find in good un - repaired cloth. £22,500

AUTHOR’S PRESENTATION COPY 9. DICKENS, Charles CHRISTMAS BOOKS Chapman and Hall, 1852. First collected edition. Author’s presentation copy, inscribed by Dickens, “Agnes Sarah Lawrence, from her affectionate friend Charles Dickens, Twenty Second November 1852”. Publisher’s presentation binding of contemporary red calf. The recipient was the daughter of John Towers Lawrence of Birmingham. Dickens corresponded with her father in Febru - ary that year about performing in Birmingham and returned that Christmas to give a three-and-a-half-hour reading of A Christmas Carol and The Cricket on the Hearth - the first of his famous readings. £60,000 IN FINE ORIGINAL CLOTH 10. DICKENS, Charles BLEAKHOUSE Bradbury &Evans, 1853. First edition. Original publisher’s primary binding of olive green fine diaper cloth. Dickens’s octavo novels have rarely survived in good unprepared cloth, however, possibly as a consequence of its immediate popularity, copies of Bleak House seem particularly uncommon. £12,500


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