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Dexter, Walter.- The London of Dickens. New York. E. P. Dutton & Co. 1925. Second American Impression (using English sheets). 269 pp. + 1 p. publisher’s ads at rear. 8vo. Ivory pubvlisher’s cloth spine and red publisher’s cloth on boards. Printed paper labels on spine and front cover. T.e.g. Podeschi H127. A series of rambles in London with topographic references to Dickens’ writings by the distinguished Dickensian, Walter Dexter. Original publication by Cecil Palmer in 1923. Slight soiling of spine. Lacks D.J. Else, Very Good
Price: $45.00

Dickens, Charles (Conductor).- Household Words. A Weekly Journal. Conducted by Charles Dickens. Vol. IV, No. 101, pp. 529–552. Saturday, February 28, 1852.

London. Bradbury and Evans. 1852. 24 pp. 8vo. Diisbound from Volume IV. Else as issued. Double column. First Edition. Lohrli, Household Words, p. 90. A single issue of Dickens╒s magazine from 1852. In 1850, after a controversy with his publisher, Dickens left the editorship of Bentley╒s Miscellany and, together with the publisher Bradbury & Evans, began a new magazine, Household Words, for which Dickens had complete editorial authority. He was assisted in this by W. H. Wills. In 1859, after further controversy with this publisher (over his separation from his wife), he left this magazine, closed it and began his own new magazine, ╥All the Year Round╙, which he published until his death in 1870. After that, his son, Charles Dickens, Jr., took over editorial responsibility. This issue contains articles by Harriet Martineau (╙Needles╙), Samuel Sidney, Geraldine Ensor Jewsbury, Richard H. Horne, Theodore Buckley and William Moy Thomas. Closed tear at free margin of leaf 493/4. Else, Very Good.
Price: $39.00

Dickens, Charles.- The Readings of Mr. Charles Dickens. The Story of Little Dombey and Bardell and Pickwick. As condensed by Himself for His Readings. Boston and New York. Ticknor and Fields. 1868. Illustrated by S. Eytinge, Jr. Illustrated Copyright Edition. First Edition. 45, 23 pp. 16mo. Blue-grey printed paper wraps. Stab sewn. Refs.: Edgar & Vail, p. 30. Wilkins, pp. 32–34. Podeschi D53. Not in Vanderpoel. The first appearance of Dickens’s own condensation of scenes from his novels, arranged for his readings. Here, he grants Ticknor and Fields exclusive rights to the publishing of these items, one a scene of bathos and the second a scene of great comic impact. Issued on the occasion of Dickens’s second visit to America in 1868. Lacks rear wrap. Spine chipped, with tear across front cover. Spine and front cover detached. Cover spotted and soiled. Except for cover, Very Good.
Price: $145.00

Dickens, Charles.- Lowell. From Charles Dickens, “American Notes for General Circulation” in the Providence Daily Journal, Volume XIII, Number 207, Friday Morning, November 11, 1842, p. 2. Providence, RI. Knowles, Vose & Anthony, Publishers. 1842. First Edition. 4 pp. Large Fo. Unboumd Newspaper. When Charles Dickens visited the United States in 1842, hoping to find the “republic of his imagination”, he found, instead, a group of rude citizens. marked by effrontery and given to spitting in public, disrespectful and horrid institutions like the press, the prisons and the practice of slavery. He wrote in detail about these disappointments in his “American Notes for General Circulation” (1842). The one aspect of America which he found to be healthy and worthy of admiration was the group of young female mill workers in Lowell, MA. They stood in contrast to the workers in the mills of northern England. In Lowell the young women lived in boarding houses, which Dickens found to be run in an upstanding and healthy way. He found pianos in the parlors, the availability of books encouraging to the reading habits and morality of the young women. There were news sheets, entitled the “Lowell Offering”, written and published by the mill workers, They were appropriately dressed for their station, observant of the Sabbath, of clean body habits, parsimonious and possessing personal bank accounts. Their wholesome amusements mitigated a 12 hour work day for these young women, to the admiration of Dickens. This segment of “American Notes” is quoted extensively in this half-column article in this Providence Journal article. Folded twice. Slight toning at hinge. Separating at hinge. Else, Very Good.
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Dickens, Charles.- Mr. Pickwick. Pages from the Pickwick Papers. Illustrated in Colour by Frank Reynolds. R.I. London. Hodder & Stoughton. N.D. [1910] 25 illustrated color plates by Frank Reynolds, dated 1910, tipped in, with tissue guards. Colour plates engraved and printed by Henry Stone, Ltd. First Trade Edition. 174 pp. 4to. Red publisher's cloth illustrated with silhouette of Mr. Pickwick on front cover in gold and black, titled on spine and front cover in elaborate gilt lettering. Pictorial end papers. A. E. Johnson, “Frank Reynolds”, “Brush, Pen and Pencil Series”, Project Gutenberg Archive. The lovely Frank Reynolds edition of selected scenes from "The Pickwick Papers" in the first trade edition. Printed by T. & A. Constable in Edinburgh and published by Hodder & Stoughton. Frank Reynolds (1876–1953) “began contributing to”Punch Magazine” in 1906 and was regularly published in is pages during World War I. He was well known for his many illustrations in…books by Charles Dickens. He [became] art editor for Punch. He was also a prolific watercolour painter and was a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours.” (Wikipedia). He was a skilled draughtsman and had a strong narrative skills, as well, originally in pen and ink and especially later in pencil. (A. E. Johnson, Frank Reynolds”). Abrasion and staining of front cover with slight bowing. Soiling of page edges. End papers toned with a few spots of foxing on preliminary pages. Else, Very Good, especially illustrations.
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Sucksmith, Harvey Peter.- The Narrative Art of Charles Dickens. The Rhetoric of Sympathy and Irony in His Novels. Oxford, UK. Oxford at the Clarendon Press. 1970 First Edition. 374 pp. 8vo. Deep blue publisher’s cloth with gilt titling on spine. Printed and decorated D.J. A study of Dickens’s conscious narrative and rhetorical art, based upon his manuscripts and corrected proofs. Slight abrasion of D.J. Else, Near Fine in Very Good D.J.
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[Broadside]. Anonymous .- Redington's Characters in Oliver Twist. No.5. London. J. Redlington. N.D. Woodblock illustrations. First Edition. 1 p. 8vo sheet. Appears disbound. Podeschi C35. VanderPoel B109(1), (2), 110. Suzannet, E.35. W. Dexter,The Dickensian, Vol.XXIX, No. 225, 1932/33, pp.37–40. Rather crudely done illustrations of some of the characters and scenes from Dickens' "Oliver Twist." From an early edition of what is known from Podeschi as "Pollocks' Juvenile Drama. Oliver Twist, or the Parish Boy's Progress. A Drama. With Plates Adapted Only for Pollock's Characters and Scenes" The address, at 73 Hoxton Street, in the Gimbel issue is the same as provided for Redington on this plate. Redington had been a predecessor of Pollock and was his father-in-law. The plates were issued separately from the text of the play, which was claimed to be the only juvenile dramatization of Dickens' works. Even in Pollock's edition, some of the plates retained the Redington attribution. No date is listed. Podeschi estimates ca.1860, while a similar production in the VanderPoel collection estimates the date to be ca. 1839. Lacks small chip from corner, not involving text or illustrations. Else, Very Good
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[Dickens, Charles] The Dickens Calendar for 1898. London and New York. Ernest Nister and E. P. Dutton & Co. Printed in Bavaria. 1897. Illustrated by Frederic Barnard. First Edition. 6 cards. 7-3/8” W x 9-1/8” H. Six individual cards. Serrated edges. Perforated with two small holes for cord (not present) at top. Title and floral edge embossed on first card. Six large chromolithographed cards, each with a two-month calendar and an illustration and quotation from Charles Dickens: January-February, Betsy Trotwood and David, from “David Copperfield”; March-April, Mr. Jingle, from “Pickwick Papers”; May-June, Little Emily, from “David Copperfield”; July-August, Mr. Mantalini, from “Nicholas Nickleby”; September-October, Barnaby Rudge and Grip, from “Barnaby Rudge”; November-December, Miss Wardle and Mr. Tupman, from Pickwick Papers. Lower left corner chipped with small loss on Card 2, Lower right corner folded and braced on reverse with transparent tape, and tiny chip from upper edge, both on Card 6. Else, Very Good with bright clean images.
Price: $175.00

Dickens, Charles.- A Stray Set of Two Cards, Illustrated with Scenes from “The Old Curiosity Shop”, Each with an Appropriate Quotation from the Text: 1). Mr. Quilp’s Interview with the Marchioness. 2). Dick Swiveller Playing Cards with the Marchioness and Mr and Miss Brass at Play. London. Raphael Tuck & Sons. N.D. [ca. 1885]. Colored illustrations, chromolithographs by W. J. W. First Edition. Set of 2 cards. 3-7/8” W x 5-3/8” H. Loose cards, as issued, beautifully illustrated. Gilt edges. Lettered in gilt. On reverse is publisher’s logo of putti surrounding the framed publisher’s initials, RTS on an artists easel along with a palette, a well recognized trade mark. See Podeschi H1009-1014, H1033–1034, H1040-1041, for similar items From about 1880 to about 1902, Raphael Tuck issued popular sets of cards and postcards illustrating subjects from the novels of Charles Dickens, usually in sets of 6 cards in an envelope. The series were variously named, “In Dickens-Land”, “Oilette Series”, etc.. Here they are named “Artistic Series”. Many illustrators contributed, including Hablot K. Browne, “Kyd”, Frederic Barnard, Harold Copping, et al. Here the cards are signed W. J. W, without further identification (likely William J. Wiegand). The cards were issued in the official size accepted by the Universal Postal Union and under the leadership of Adolph Tuck, son of the founder, the company issued the first picture postcards and contributed to the popular craze of post card collecting. The company records and illustrations were destroyed in a bombing of London during World War II (December, 1940). These cards are dated from a similar set used and dated (Jarndyce #43607). They have the characteristic main illustration and a remarque in the corner. One card has very small chip from upper right corner and small bump on lower left corner. Other card completely intact. Very Good,
Price: $80.00

Dickens, Charles (Editor).- The Wreck of the Golden Mary, Being the Captain’s Account of the Loss of the Ship, and the Mate’s Account of the Great Deliverance of Her People in an Open Boat at Sea. The Extra Christmas Number of Household Words. Conducted by Charles Dickens. Containing the Amount of One Number and a Half. New York. Dix, Edwards & Co. 1856. First American Edition. 36 pp. + publisher’s ads on 3 pp. of covers 8vo. Printed paper wraps. Sewn, as issued. Lohrli, p. 161. H. Stone, Uncollected Writings, II (esp. 563–9. This Extra Christmas Number for Household Words, edited by Charles Dickens, was written by Dickens (Part I), Wilkie Collins (Parts II and IV), and a collaboration including Percy Fitzgerald, A. A. Procter and others (Part III), a collaboration that is analyzed in detail by Stone (op. cit.). Considered one of the best of the Extra Christmas Numbers by Dickens (and others). For a discussion of Dickens’s aims in framing this narrative, his first literary collaboration with Wilkie Collins, see Anthea Trodd, “Collaborating in Open Boats: Dickens, Collins, Franklin, and Bligh”, Victorian Studies, Vol. 42, No. 2. Indiana Univ. Press. The author proposes that Dickens and Collins, appalled by discussions of cannibalism on the open boat voyage of William Bligh and the ice-trapped John Franklin voyage, here attempt to restore the reputation of British seamen. Mild toning of covers. Mild loss at spine with a few closed tears and chips at edges of covers Owner’s signature in pencil on front wrap. Else, Very Good.
Price: $200.00

Dickens, Charles.- A Plated Article. With an Introductory Account of the Historical Spode-Copeland China Works to Which It Refers. Stoke-upon-Trent, UK. W. T. Copeland & Sons. [ca. 1925]. Illustrated. Frontispiece portrait of Spode and others (3 in full color) First Separate Edition. 20 pp. 8vo. Buff paper covered boards, titled on front cover Podeschi B222. An article by Dickens, original written in 1852 and now extracted from Household Words of that year. This is the first edition of what was essentially a promotion for the Spode and Copeland. Co. Mild wear at edges of boards. Else, Very Good.
Price: $50.00

Dickens, Charles.- A Plated Article. N.P. [?New York, NY]. Printed by Tri- Arts Press N.D. Illustrated. (4 in full color) Later Edition. 21 pp. 8vo. Blue stiff paper wraps, titled on front cover in black and silver. Possibly a variant of Podeschi B221. An article by Dickens, originally written in 1852 and extracted from Household Words of that year. This is a later reprint edition of what was essentially a promotion for the Spode and Copeland. Co. This American edition may be a variant of thei ssue done for Boston’s Jones, McDuffe and Stratton Co. in 1878. Very Good.
Price: $20.00

Brochure] Charles Dickens. 1812–1870. An Anniversary Exhibition. Preview for The Friends of the Library, Friend’s Day, June 4, 1962. Henry E, Hntington Library and Art Gallery, June–December, 1962. San Marino, CA. Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery. 1962. Illustrated. First Edition. 8 pp. (1 folded sheet) 4” W x 9” H. Single sheet. A brochure and catalogue of an exhibit to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens. Numerous letters and printed publications of Charles Dickens were shown and annotated in this brochure. Near Fine.
Price: $10.00

Greenwood, Cora Wilson, and Charles Dickens.- A Christmas Carol. A Christmas Story in One Act (Nine Staves). Adapted by Cora Wilson Greenwood. From the Story of the Same Name by Charles Dickens. New York. Samuel French. 1938. Illustrated with stage designs for each Stave. First Edition. 48 pp. + 4 pp. illustrations 16mo. Green printed stiff paper wraps. A 20th century play based on Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol”. Cover soiled. Owner’s name on front cover in ink. Pencil annotations on 3 pages. Else, Good +.
Price: $50.00

[Theatrical Program] Wieting Opera House, 1902–1903. M. Reis, Lessee; John L. Kerr, Manager. De Wolf Hopper and Company in a Musical Production, in Two Acts, Entitled Mr. Pickwick. Based on Dickens’ Masterpiece. Music by Manuel Klein. Book by Charles Klein. Lyrics by Grant Stewart. Friday and Saturday, March 27–28. [Syracuse, NY]. Wieting Opera House. [1903] Illustrated. First Edition. 12 pp. Numerous ads throughout. Oblong 12mo. Illustrated printed paper wraps. Stapled. (for music from ”Mr. Pickwick”). N. Page, A Dickens Chronology, p. 129 (for Syracuse reading). The program for the 1903 performance of Mr. Pickwick, a musical play based on Charles Dickens’s novel. The Music was published by M. Witmark & Sons, a prominent NY publisher of the time. The cast and songs are listed for each of the two acts. The production with the same original cast was opened first by Everett R. Reynolds at the Herald Square Theatre in New York on January 19, 1903. The entire music and lyrics may be heard and seen on the Internet at This production, 2 months later, was at the famous Wietling Opera House in Syracuse, NY. The Wietling Opera House was an historic theatrical venue, famous as a tryout spot for Broadway productions, starring, among others, Lillian Russell, Victor Herbert and Helen Madjeska. It opened in 1851, donated by Dr. John Wieting, a noted physician and medical lecturer, and sited in Clinton Sq. (named after Gov. DeWtt Clinton), opposite the Erie Canal. It burned down and was rebuilt three times (e.g., see, N. Y. Times, July 20, 1881). Charles Dickens presented one of his famous readings from “A Christmas Carol” and “The Pickwick Papers” in this hall on March 9, 1868, during his second trip to America” Mild soilng of covers. Small chip from lower corner. Pencil notations inside both covers. Else, Very Good.
Price: $90.00

Buchanan, Robert.- Charles Dickens. The Good Genie of Fiction. In Supplement to The Daily Bulletin, San Francisco, Vol. XXVII, No 10, p. 1. Saturday, October 18, 1873 San Francisco, CA. The Daily Bulletin. 1873. First Edition. 2 pp. Fo. Loose Newspaper as issued. A paean to Charles Dickens in a 1/3 column article in a San Francisco newspaper of 1873. Dickens is lauded for his capacity to see all in a distorted unique form of vision that replaces the heroes of popular myths with better examples from his fiction. Robert Buchanan (1841–1901) is the noted Scottish poet and literary critic, who at times published in Dickens’s “All the Year Round” and was famous for his attack on the Pre-Raphaelites. This article is taken from “The ’Good Genie’ of Fiction: Thoughts While Reading Forster’s ‘Life of Charles Dickens’”; it was originally published in St. Paul’s Magazine, X, pp. 130–48, Feb, 1872. It was reprinted in Buchanan’s “A Poet’s Sketch Book”, 1883, pp. 119–40. An extract can also be found in Philip Collins’s “Charles Dickens: The Critical Heritage”,1971, pp. 577–579. Very Good.
Price: $65.00

[Sheet Music]. Liebling, Max.- The “Village Coquette” Polka. For the Piano. Op. 5. Cncinnati. John Church, Jr. 1868. Illustrated cover, lithograph by Bising & Co. First Edition. 8 pp. Fo. Disbound. Groce & Wallace (for Bising). Encyclopedia of Jewish Women (for Estelle Liebling). DNB for Mosler. Dedicated to Liebling’s cousin, Henry Mosler. The cover lithograph is by Bising. Thomas Bising (1817–84), artist and lithographer, was born in Switzerland and was active 1858–76 in Cincinnati. In 1868, he formed a partnership with Herman Gerlach, and they took over the firm of the noted chromolithographers, E. C. Middleton and W. R. Wallace. The partnership lasted but one year, They, however, reissued Middleton’s famous portrait of Abraham Lincoln, a portrait modified after the suggestions of Lincoln, himself. Max Liebling (1845–1927) was a popular pianist and composer who famously arranged Sousa marches into his Fantasia on Sousa Themes for the American violinist Maud Powell to perform on tour with Sousa’s band in 1905. He was part of a very musical family and, like his brothers, had studied with Franz Liszt. His daughter, Estelle (1880–1970), was an illustrious opera soprano and teacher, singing also with Sousa’s Band and with a long career at the Metropolitan Opera and at the major European opera houses. As a teacher of many noted opera singers from Galli-Curci to Beverly Sills, she was known as ‘”the power behind the throat” She was married to the son of a noted American artist, Henry Mosler (1841–1920), to whom this music is dedicated,. “The Village Coquette” was the title and theme of a musical play written in 1836 by Charles Dickens and John Hullah (music) and produced then by John Braham. Dickens was then 24 yrs. old and Hullah, later an illustrious composer and teacher, was then a fellow pupil at the Royal Academy of Music with Dickens’s sister, Fanny. Lacks rear cover. Faint stamp of Cincinnati music dealer on cover. Else, Very Good.
Price: $175.00

Dickens, Charles.- A Christmas Carol. Boston. Ticknor and Fields. 1869. Illustrated in a new edition by Sol Eytinge and engraved by Andrew Varick Stout Anthony (1835–1906). Tissue guards. Printed at University Press. First Edition in this format. 111 pp. 8vo. Green publisher’s cloth Titled in gilt on front cover and on spine, in the blind on rear cover. Elaborately decorated in gilt on spine and front cover, and in the blind on rear cover. Beveled boards. A.e.g. Chocolate coated end papers. Podeschi A85 (for this edition). Hamilton I, 67 and DAB (for Anthony) A sumptuous edition of one of Dickens’s masterpieces, a new edition of his first Christmas book from 1843. Possibly a celebration by the publisher of their acquiring from the author rights to publish all of Dickens’s work in America. This was engineered by James T. Fields, close friend to Dickens, and led to a controversy with Harper’s over these rights. Alas, Dickens lived only to complete half of his next book, for which Ticknor and Fields were the primary authorized American publisher, “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” in 1870. The book here is elaborately printed, with decorations, head and tail pieces on heavy stock, as are the engravings (which are not cited in Hamilton). Anthony, “from 1866 to 1869…superintended, with delicate taste, the production of fine editions for Ticknor & Fields” (DAB). Gilt quite bright. Minimal wear at ends of spine. Minimal foxing of tissue guards with only a few spots in margin of two illustrations. Slightly shaken, especially last signature, but all still attached. Small nick on rear hinge. Else, Very Good.
Price: $450.00

WNET Channel 13 and Granada Television Corp. Proposal (Original Photocopy) for the Funding of a Production of Charles Dickens’s “Hard Times” for Television Broadcast in Four One-Hour Episodes. Proposal Jointly by Channel 13 (WNET) and Granada Television Corporation to the National Endowment for the Humanities. With Critical Commentary by J. Hillis Milller, G. Robert Stange, George Ford et al. New York. Channel 13 WNET and Granada Television Corp. ca. 1974 Photocopy illustration of cover. First Edition. 8 1/2” x 11”, in contemporary binder. Black fibreboard loose leaf binder. In 1974, WNET Channel 13 and Granada Television cooperated in the beginning of an ultimately successful attempt to cooperate in a production of Dickens’s “Hard Times”. For funding they turned to the NEH, as well as Granada Television in a multimillion dollar production. This is a detailed application for this extra-mural funding and includes a history of the generation of the production, a tentative budget, advice of noted consultants and the early selection of scriptwriter, director, etc. with an outline of the approach to the script enclosed. This copy of the application is an original photocopy, belonging to one unknown member of the original production group. The last three appendices including a sample of the script are not bound into this copy. However a detailed synopsis of each episode by the screenwriter is included. Granada Television is a major British television corporation, dating from the 1950’s and originally centered in the North of England, in Manchester, near which “Hard Times” takes place. The production was broadcast in 1977. Granada also filed and produced such TV successes as “Brideshead Revisited” in 1981, “Jewel in the Crown” in 1984, and “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes” (Jeremy Brett) in 1984–5. This version by Granada, directed by John Irvin, written by Arthur Hopcraft and lasting 4 hours, was the first TV production of “Hard Times”. In 1916 there had been a silent film version and, subsequent to this Granada version, a less successful BBC mini-series of “Hard Times”. Asa Briggs, Stephen Marcus and George H. Ford, all noted Dickens scholars, were consultants to the production and worked to recreate Dickens’s language, mood and expository style, as had been recommended ear;ier by the first set of consultants. The application gives insight into the difficult mechanism for the development, funding and mounting of a major television adaptation of a classic novel.
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Anonymous.- Reviews–– The Adventures of David Copperfield the Younger. By Charles Dickens. Putnam; Burgess; Lea & Blanchard. Pp. 428–9, In The Literary World. A Journal of American and Foreign Literature, Science, and Art. Vol. VII. No. 22, November 30, 1850. No. 200., pp.425–448. New York. Evert A, & George L. Duyckinck. 1850. First Edition 24 pp., whole issue. 4to. Self-wraps. Pages untrimmed and some uncut. An interesting two-page review of early American editions of Dickens’s David Copperfield in a contemporary American literary magazine. The reviewer seems to find the book too long for him to cope with easily and David Copperfield to be defined too blandly, as someone upon whom diverse events can act without his shaping them. Moreover the reviewer calls attention to the multitude of interesting characters typically presenting themselves in Dickens’s novels, including David Copperfield, characters with some peculiar qualities which Dickens seems to identify in caricature, The reviewer feels that in contrast with our experience with Shakespeare, where we think of the characters long after our experience with them, with Dickens, he exhausts us with our acquaintance with the character and seems to deal with them completely, leaving us little cause for further reflection. The last ten pages are chiefly ads from various publishers for their most exciting wares, giving a good view of contemporary (1850) reading material. Toning of a few edges. Soft creases. Hinge opening from head. Else, Very Good.
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Dickens, Charles.- Charles Dickens on Horses. In Daily Bulletin Supplement, Vol. XXXVII. Saturday, October 25, 1873. No.16, p.1, San Francisco. The Daily Bulletin. 1873. First Edition. 2 pp. (whole issue) Fo. Newspaper, as issued. A tongue-in-cheek criticism of the horse by Charles Dickens (putatively). Probably from Household Words or All the Year Round. A piracy, no doubt. Folded twice. Trimmed slightly at foot Very Good.
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Playfair, [Sir] Nigel.- When Crummles Played. Being the Full Original Text of Lillo’s Tragedy of The London Merchant, or George Barnwell, acted by Mr. Vincent Crummles’s Company at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, under the Direction of Mr. Nigel Playfair. With an Introduction by F. J. Harvey Darton, Author of “Vincent Crummles, His Theatre and His Times”. London. Chapman & Hall. 1927. Frontispiece woodcuts of the Old Portsmouth Theatre. First Edition. 136 pp. 12mo. Printed buff paper covered boards.Grey cloth spine titled in black. Stratman (Tragedy) 3413. DNB. A satirical presentation of the 1731 play by the 18th century dramatist (and jeweller)and tragedian, George Lillo (1693–1739). This was Lillo’s most famous work; a melodrama of a new genre, dealing with everyday people, rather than kings and nobles. This form of melodrama and domestic tragedy came to dominate 19th century English theatre. Nigel Playfair (1874–1903) was a highly educated theatre manager and actor, based at the Lyric Theatre at Hammersmith. “When Crummles Played” is typical Playfair contemporary satire and original comedy. Its original production starred Edith Evans. Playfair later (1930) presented a young John Gielgud in Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest”. Lillo’s “The Merchant” is here presented as Vincent Crummles, of Dickens’s Nicholas Nickleby, might do it. Not surprisingly, F[rederick] J[oseph] H[arvey] Darton (1878–1936), author of “Vincent Crummles, His Theatre and His Times”, has written the introduction. In it, Darton points out forcefully that the Crummles troupe is not a parody, but adheres closely to Dickens’s awareness of theatrical life and mores of his youth. Mild foxing of preliminaries, a few pages and edges of text block. Else, Very Good.
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[Broadside]. Anonymous .- Redington's Set Pieces in Oliver Twist. No.1. London. J. Redlington. N.D. Woodblock illustrations, hand colored. First Edition. 1 p. 8vo sheet. Podeschi C35. VanderPoel B109(1), (2), 110. Suzannet, E.35. W. Dexter,The Dickensian, Vol.XXIX, No. 225, 1932/33, pp.37–40. Rather crudely done illustrations of some of the characters and scenes from Dickens' "Oliver Twist." From an early edition of what is known from Podeschi as "Pollocks' Juvenile Drama. Oliver Twist, or the Parish Boy's Progress. A Drama. With Plates Adapted Only for Pollock's Characters and Scenes" The address, at 73 Hoxton Street, in the Gimbel issue is the same as provided for Redington on this plate . Redington had been a predecessor of Pollock and was his father-in-law. The plates were issued separately from the text of the play, which was claimed to be the only juvenile dramatization of Dickens' works. Even in Pollock's edition, some of the plates retained the Redington attribution. No date is listed. Podeschi estimates ca.1860, while a similar production in the VanderPoel collection estimates the date to be ca. 1839. Here, the 4 illustrations on one sheet consist of a road sign to London, the room of Fagin’s den, a collection of 5 thieves and the Dodger and Master Bates at cards. Near Fine.
Price: $100.00

Anonymous .- [Broadside]. Pollock's Scenes in Oliver Twist, Plates. No. 5. Scene 5, 9, 11. London. B. Pollock N.D. Woodblock illustrations with hand coloring. First Edition. 1 p.™ 8vo sheet. Single loose broadside sheet. Podeschi C35. VanderPoel B109(1), (2), 110. Suzannet, E.35 (with plate of this illustration).W. Dexter,The Dickensian, Vol.XXIX, No. 225, 1932/33, pp.37–40. Rather crudely done illustrations of some of the characters and scenes from Dickens' "Oliver Twist." Likely from an early edition of what is known from Podeschi as "Pollocks' Juvenile Drama. Oliver Twist, or the Parish Boy's Progress. A Drama. With Plates Adapted Only for Pollock's Characters and Scenes." The address, at 73 Hoxton Street, in the Gimbel issue is the same as provided for Redington on other similar plates. Redington had been a predecessor of Pollock and was his father-in-law. The plates were issued separately from the text of the play, which was claimed to be the only juvenile dramatization of Dickens' works. Even in Pollock's edition, some of the plates retained the Redington attribution. No date is listed. Podeschi estimates ca.1860, while a similar production in the VanderPoel collection estimates the date to be ca. 1839.The scene illustrated here is Fagin’s den a decrepit room, nonetheless hung with pictures, broadsides and laundry. The door is chained and one of the broadsides crudely shows a figure hanging from a gallows. Near Fine.
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(Carte-de-visite). Elliott & Fry. Jennie Lee as Jo. From Burnett’s “Jo”, adapted from Bleak House, by Charles Dickens. London. Elliott & Fry. 1876 First Edition. 1 p. 2-5/8” W x 3-7/8” H. John Parker, Who’s Who in the Theatre, (1922) p.483. Jennie Lee (ca. 1845–1930), a London -born actress, married to J. P. Burnett, a dramatist and actor, first appeared on stage in 1870 at the Lyceum . For several years she was a member of the Union Square Theatre company in New York. She first appeared as Jo in “Jo”, written by her husband in an adapation of Charles Dickens’s “Bleak House” in San Francisco, at the California Theatre, in 1875. She scored a great success, which was repeated in 1876 at the Globe in London. This became her most successful part, which she repeated throughout her career into the 1920’s; she became the most noted theatrical Jo of all time, and appeared in the part in 1921 in support of the Charles Dickens House in London. The photographer was the firm of Elliott & Fry (1863–1963), among the most noted Victorian and modern photographers in Britain. Political leaders (e.g. Gladstone), authors (e.g. Tennyson) and other notables (e.g. Charles Darwin, W. S. Gilbert), etc. were their subjects. Their mammoth invaluable archive was destroyed in a bombing in World War II; the residual archive is held at the National Portrait Gallery (London). Very Good.
Price: $275.00

[Broadside, Theatrical Playbill]. Theatre Royal, Covent-Garden Theatre Royal, Covent–Garden This Present Wednesday, April 9, 1823, (7th time) the new Tragedy of Julian.…Prince Julian, Mr. Macready, …With 9th time, a Splendid Melo-Dramatick Tale of Enchantment (from Incidents in the Peruvian Tales) called The Vision of the Sun; or, the Orphan of Peru,…Tycabroc (his Slave [sic] Mr. Grimaldi,…. London. W. Reynolds, Printer to the Theatre. 1823. First Edition. 1 p. 8-1/8” W x 13-1/8” H As issued. Charles Dickens, Memoirs of Grimaldi. Sir F. Pollock, Macready's Reminiscences, and Selections from His Diaries and Letters. DNB. A wonderful early 19th century theatrical broadside with rich text in numerous typefaces, announcing various performances by William Macready (1793–1873) and by Joseph Grimaldi (1778–1837). This performance was early in the career of the distinguished actor, William Macready, whose first performance on the stage at Covent Garden was as Orestes in “The Distressed Mother” (Racine’s “Andromaque”, in translation) in 1816. In 1819, his “Richard III” was a smash success and his curtain call was the first in Covent Garden history. His career continued in this tradition. 1823 was the year of Macready’ first marriage. He later became an intimate friend of Charles Dickens from an early stage of Dickens’s writing career. His performance in “King Lear” was outstanding as he restored the ending to Shakespeare’s original after 150 years of misperformance. Also on this bill is Joseph Grimaldi, the most distinguished comic actor, clown and pantomimist of the day in Britain. 1823 was the year of his retirement, with his memoirs to be edited and introduced by Charles Dickens 15 years later. This broadside projects further performances of Macready (including his popular “Macbeth”), Grimaldi, Charles Kemble and Miss [Anna] M[aria] Tree (sister of Ellen Tree, the wife of the distinguished actor Charles Kean). A rich broadside of both theatrical and visual interest. Slight pallor of finest print. Few faint spots of foxng in margins.Else, Very Good +.
Price: $375.00

Dickens, Charles and W. M. Thackeray.- [Facsimile]. The Loving Ballad of Lord Bateman wit XI Plates by George Cruikshank. London. J. M. Dent & Sons Ltd. 1969. Illustrated. Facsimile of First Edition, 2nd Issue. 40 pp. 24mo. Red stiff paper wraps with heavily gilt title and illustration on front cover Podeschi B84, Van Duzer, #124, Cohn #243 (for original 1839 edition). Originally published in 1839 by Charles Tilt, the authorship was problematic until 1938. Froom letters of Dickens to cruikshank it is clearly an adaptation by Dickens and Thackeray of a traditional ballad. The Preface and Notes are by Dickens; Cruikshank was the illustrator. Dickens’s sister took down the music as he hummed the tune. This facsimile was probably issued as a keepsake. Ex Libris. Library and withdrawal stamp on half title. Else, Very Good + to Near Fine.
Price: $45.00

Cary, Thomas G.- Letter to a Lady in France on the Supposed Failure of a National Bank, the Supposed Delinquency of the National Government, the Debts of Several States, and Repudiation; with Answers to Enquiries concerning the Books of Capt. Marryat and Mr. Dickens. Boston. Benjamin H. Greene. 1844. Second Edition. 60 pp. 8vo. Blue-grey printed paper wraps. Podeschi H80–82. In the 1830's to 1840's, America was the subject of a series of critical expositions by European visitors, including Alexis de Toqueville, Harriet Martineau, Frances Trollope, Captain Marryat and Charles Dickens, the most critical being Marryat and Dickens. The culmination was the diatribe "American Notes" and the subsequent novel, "Martin Chuzzlewit," by Dickens. These were not unanswered. The most acknowledged response was in Henry Wood's "Change for the American Notes," purporting to be in the form of a letter from an "American Lady." This pamphlet by Thomas Cary, again in the form of a letter to a "Lady in France", deals with a cluster of criticisms of America, responded to by Cary as the "The Late Imputations of Dishonor upon the United States" by several critics. Most explicitly he responds to specific criticisms of America voiced by Captain Marryat and Charles Dickens. It was published in several editions. This second edition lincludes an advertisement, printed in this edition only, announcing the inclusion on the title page of the authorial ascription. The first edition, only, was published in late 1843 without the authorial ascription. Spine lost. Covers detached, but present. Lightly soiled covers. Else, Very Good +.
Price: $175.00

Darton, F. J. Harvey.- Vincent Crummles. His Theatre and His Times. With an Historical Introductory Note and Appendices from Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens. London. Wells Gardner, Darton & Co. Ltd. 1926. Illustrated. Frontispiece hand colored. First Edition. One of 400 copies in limited first issue. 230 pp. Large 8.vo Deep blue cloth spine. Boards in light blue publisher’s cloth. Printed paper label on spine. Extra label tucked in at rear. T.e.g. Untrimmed at foot. Frederick Joseph Harvey Darton (1878–1936) was a noted author of books on books, on book illustration and on literature. His book on English children’s books is a classic and gave major new insights to the field. In this volume, he uses the episodes of Nicholas Nickleby involving Crummles to discuss the history and character of the English provincial theatre. Charming, insightful and informative. Wear at ends of spine. Covers mildly soiled. Toning of end papers. Lower edge of rear free end paper and rear pastedown slightly ragged. Else, Very Good
Price: $105.00

J. B. Pond Lyceum Bureau.- [Theatre Booklet and Program] Frank Speaight. New York. J. B. Pond. N.D. (ca. 1915–32) Illustrated. First Edition.6 pp. 4” x 5 1/4” Illustrated card covers. Stapled stiff paper pages. Catalogues of University of Iowa Libraries and Brown University Library on Internet. A handsome small theatrical program for a series of presentations of scenes and characters from Dickens’s novels and works by a very noted impersonator of Dickens at his readings and original dramatizations from Dickens’s works.. The program cover, in red and black, is an illustration of Speaight, with the shape of the program defined by the shape of the portrait. The programs were presented on Saturday evenings throughout the month of February at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, in the Music Hall. Each page quotes a publicity blurb from a news publication, illustrates the program with an illustration from Dickens’s works and lists the pieces presented. They were “Pickwick” on Feb. 6, “Copperfield” on Feb. 13, “Nicholas Nickleby” on Feb. 20 and The Pickwickians at .Bath and Other Selections” on Feb. 27. Those dates fall on Saturday in 1915, 1926 and 1932 (within the active career of Speaight). Other examples of Speaight’s programs are in the Redpath Chatauqua Collection at the University of Iowa Libraries and at Brown University, where there is a broadside announcing Speaight’s appearance at the Boston City Club under the sponsorship of the Boston Branch of the Dickens Fellowship in February, 1928. Speight also published his readings (Podeschi C19), a memoir of “My Dickens Friends” (Podeschi H424) and a volume of Poems (Putnam, 1925, Brown University Library). Rust over staple. Cover leaf loose at staple. Else, Very Good.
Price: $150.00

[Carte de Visite]. J. Gurney, Photographer.- Charles Dickens. New York. J. Gurney & Son. 1867. Illustrated. First Edition. 1 p. 2-1/2” W x 4-1/8” H. Carte de visite, as issued. Similar to Podeschi H1186, buti carte de visite style. One of the best of the Dickens cartes de visite. He is standing at 1/4 profile, dressed in his elaborate great coat, grey trousers, fancy black vest, white shirt, a four-in-hand tie and elaborate gold chain and watch across his vest, right hand on hip and erect confident posture. The left hand rests at the crest of a wooden chair. The beard and har are typicaly a bit undressed. This was one of the best of a series of images taken by Gurney in New York on Dickens’s second visit to the United States, in1867. There is a slight sepia toning of theimage and border. The title and copyright data are printed below. On the reverse, the studio title and address ina deice are printed in lilac amidst a yellow cartouche. Very Good +.
Price: $200.00

Dickens, Charles.- Bleak House. New York. D. Appleton & Co. 1872. First Edition in this format. 352 pp. + 6 pp. publishr’s ads. 12mo. Tan stiff paper wraps, titled on spine and front cover and illustrated on front cover in reddish brown. Double column format. Podeschi D55. A “cheap edition” of Bleak House, from Dickens’s Works, published right after his death by D. Appleton in New York. Appleton also had nearly simultaneously published Dickens’s Works in the Household Edition (Podeschi D68), by arrangement with Chapman & Hall, Dickens’s formal publisher in London. Wear of spine wiih chips at head and edges and separation of front hinge at foot. Mild toning of pages. Else, Very Good.
Price: $60.00

[Sheet Music]. Stange, Stanislaus (Words), and Jukian Edwards (Music).- Dollie Varden. Dick. (Song). New York. M. Witmark & Sons. 1901. First Edition. 5 pp. Small Fo. Printed and decorated paper wraps. A parodic version of Dickens's "Dolly Varden", as invented by him, in a turn of the 20th century popular comic opera. Among publisher's ads on back cover is a listing of the various songs published separately for this "Dainty Comic Opera as produced by the Lulu Glaser Opera Co.". There were Broadway productions of this opera from 1902 to 1903. Hugh Stanislaus Strange (1862-1917), librettist and lyricist. Born in Liverpool, he came to America in 1881 and embarked on a career of acting and playwriting. His biggest success was his dramatization of the novel "Quo Vadis" (1900). However, Stange was most in demand as a lyricist and librettist, working often with Julian Edwards. At least eighteen of his musicals reached New York, among them "Madeleine" (1895), "Brian Boru" (1896) "The Wedding Day" (1897), "The Jolly Musketeer" (1898), and his best work, "When Johnny Comes Marching Home" (1902). He enjoyed his longest run with his adaptation of Oscar Straus's Viennese favorite, "The Chocolate Soldier" (1909), which he also directed" (Answers. Com). Julian Edwards (1855-1910) was an English composer; he studied with Oakeley and Macfarren and was Kappelmeister at Londoner Covent Garden Opera and was ╥conductor of the Carl Rosa Opera Company. In 1888 James C. Duff brought him to New York and produced his first show to reach Broadway, Jupiter (1892). Between that premiere and his death eighteen years later he wrote the scores for seventeen New York musicals. Among the best received or more interesting were King RenÄ's Daughter (1893), Madeleine (1895), The Goddess of Truth (1896), The Wedding Day (1897), The Jolly Musketeer (1898), Princess Chic (1900), Dolly Varden (1902), When Johnny Comes Marching Home (1902), Love's Lottery (1904), and The Girl and the Wizard (1909). Although none of his music remains popular, he was highly respected in his own time, and his work was sufficiently admired to lure such stars as Lillian Russell, Jefferson De Angelis, Della Fox, Christie MacDonald, and Lulu Glaser." ( He died in New York. A very uncommon bit of Dickensiana.
Price: $175.00

Pugh, Edwin.- The Charles Dickens Originals London & Edinburgh. T. N. Foulis. 1912. Frontispiece and numerous plates tipped in, with tissue guards. First Edition 347 pp. 8vo Red publisher's cloth. Gilt titling on spine and front cover. T.e.g. Other edges untrimmed. A charming and interesting discussion of the real life people, friends and others, after whom Charles Dickens patterned his characters. 65.00 10917
Price: $65.00

Dickens, Charles.- Our Mutual Friend, Chapters V, VI, Vii. in Harper's New Monthly Magazine, No. CLXX, July, 1864, pp.241-259. New York. Harper & Brpthers. 1864. Illustrated. First American Edition. pp. 145-280 + 2pp. ads + 5 pp. publisher's catalogue. (whole monthly issue) 8vo. Illustrated tan paper wraps A complete single monthly issue of a Dickens work, "Our Mutual Friend", with the usual 2 full-page illustrations. At this time Harper╒s was the official publisher of Dickens╒ works in America. Usually the novels were published in 20 (19) parts. This issue also contains a single part of "Denis Duval" by William Makepeace Thackeray and a part of Benjamin J. Lossing's "Scenes in the War of 1812". Mild soiling of covers. Early corners dog-eared. Few chips at ends of paper spine, with titling intact Else, Very Good.
Price: $35.00

Clarke, Joseph Clayton (pseudonym: Kyd).- Some Well Known Characters from the Works of Charles Dickens, Illustrated by J. Clayton Clarke. London. Hildesheimer & Faulkner. N.D. [1892] 16 colored plates by "Kyd". First Edition. Unpaginated Large 8vo. Brown publisher's cloth. Beveled boards. Half title. Image of Fagin and titling in gilt on front cover. A.e.g. Images of characters from some novels by Charles Dickens and brief associated textual excerpts. The illustrations are by "Kyd", the illustrious artist who did so many Dickensian characters, generally in watercolor. Owner's signature on front pastedown. Wear at ends of spine, mild at corners and edges of boards. Shaken with loosening of several plates. Else, Very Good.
Price: $175.00

Dickens, Charles.- American Notes for General Circulation. Leipzig, Germany. Bernh. Tauchnitz Jun. 1842. First Edition 310 pp. 16mo., signed in 8's. Three quarters black morocco on 5 raised cords. Marbled paper covered boards. Plain grey end papers. tTtled in gilt on spine Todd and Bowden, 32a.(See also Podeschi A69 for a later printing). The very first edition of Tauchnitz╒s publication of Dickens's "American Notes". tt was also the first "Continental Edition", though (like all the very early Tauchnitz editions) not labeled so, as Tauchnitz had not yet concluded his contract with Dickens. Has the initial misprint on p. 69, l. 26, reading "far gentlemen". Foxed. Hinges cracking. Front board n 3early detached. Wear at edges and corners of boards. Else, Very Good.
Price: $160.00

Dickens, Charles.- A Christmas Carol New York and Boston.. H. M. Caldwell Co. 1901. Vignette frontispiece engraving in border. First Edition in this format. 159.pp. 12mo. Green publisher's cloth with floral-tooled leather inlay on front cover superimposed with elaborate cloth on-lay titled with raised gilt lettering. T.e.g. Other edges untrimmed. Pictorial end papers. Text pages with very large borders and gutters illustrated in gold colored art nouveau illustrations. A lovely art nouveau production of Dickens's Christmas classic. Rare. Mild wear to corners. Owner╒s signature on front free end paper. Else, Very Good
Price: $150.00

Dickens, Charles.- Works of Charles Dickens. Century Library Edition. Vols. I-VI. Includes Pickwick Papers (Vols. I-II); Tale of Two Cities, Christmas Carol, The Chimes, Cricket on the Hearth (Vol. III); Oliver Twist (Vol. IV); David Copperfield (Vols. V -VI) [All Printed]. New York. The Century Co. 1910. Frontispiece, facsimile of cover of original parts issue, and several illustrations by Phiz, Seymour, Maclise or Cruikshank. First Edition of this set. 8vo. Tan publisher's cloth. Brown label on spine titled in gilt. T.e.g. A small set of Dickens's Works, nicely done in 1910 by the Century Co. A selection of highlights of Dickens's Works. Mild wear to title areas of spine and corners. Else, Very Good.
Price: $125.00

Dickens, Charles.- Works of Charles Dickens. Connoisseur Edition. Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby Philadelphia.. University Library Association. N.D. [ca. 1910] Illustrated by Frederick Barnard and Hablot K. Browne. First Edition of this set. 846 pp. 8vo. Half leather elaborately gilt decorations and titling on spine. Red cloth covered boards. Floral end papers with numerous cartouches, some labeled Chivers Patent Binding and others with dates ca. 1907. Podeschi D168 (Bibliophile Edition) appears identical.. A single volume from what was likely a 30 volume set of Dickens' Works, published in Philadelphia ca. 1910, known variously as "The Connoisseur's Edition" or the Bibliophile Edition. A poor copy of "Nicholas Nickleby" from this early 20th century edition of Dickens's Works, The best part is the set of Barnard's illustrations. Also, tucked in are: (1) a card printed with ╥Our Class Temperance Pledge╙ published by the Connecticut Temperance Union and (2) an album sheet with floral watercolor and a calligraphic autograph of N. A. Ray of Meriden, Conn. Ex Libris, with library stamps, discard marks, etc. Hinges cracked, pieces of spine gone, edges worn, text edges soiled. Old taping of pp. 125/6. Overall Poor. Illustrations, mostly by Barnard, are Good +.
Price: $15.00

Dickens, Charles.- Christmas Books and Reprinted Pieces. From The Caxton Edition (Fully Illustrated) of The Works of Charles Dickens. New York. Caxton Publishing Co. N.D. [ca. 1890} Illustrated by Frederick Barnard and engraved by theDalziel Brothers. Early form of the Caxton Edition. 840 pp. 12mo. Brown publisher's cloth, embossed n black on spine and front cover. Titled in gilt on spine and front cover. T.e.g. Floral end papers. Podeschi D98. This volume has a nice collection of Dickens's Christmas, Books, Christmas Stories (from Household Words and All the Year Round) and many Reprinted Pieces. The Caxton Edition was issued in many forms and by many publishers. This version has illustrations by Frederick Barnard, also signed by the Dalziels. Wear at ends of spine, corners and edges. Front hinge starting internally. Pages yellowing. Else, Very Good -.
Price: $25.00

Kitton, Fred. G.- Dickensiana. A Bibliography of the Literature Relating to Charles Dickens and His Writings. With Portrait of "Boz" from a Drawing by Samuel Lawrence London. George Redway. 1886. First Edition. One of 500 Copies. 511 pp. + 24 pp. publisher's catalogue dated 1886. 8vo. Green publisher's cloth. Gilt titlng on spine. Chocolate end papers. An early bibliography of Dickensiana, some quite unusual. Very mild wear at ends and edges of spine. Stain on spine below title. Pages untrimmed and some uncut. Minimal foxing of front end paper Very Good +.
Price: $135.00

Dickens, Charles.- The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club: Containing a Faithful Record of the Perambulations, Perils, Adventures and Sporting Transactions of the Corresponding Members. Edited by "Boz". Part Fifth [Only] Philadelphia. Carey, Lea & Blanchard. 1837. Not illustrated. First American Edition. 205 pp. Publisher's ads for illustrated edition, etc. at front and for Scott and Irving, dated January, 1838, at rear. 12mo. Red (now tan) cloth spine with printed paper label. Brown paper covered boards with decorative ruled frame printed on front cover. Wilkins, pp. 7-11. Edgar & Vail, pp. 16-17. Podeschi A19. McGuire Catalogue, 4. "Pickwick Papers" was Dickens' first great literary success, although his journalism and sketches were popular, too. The novel , issued in parts in London by Chapman & Hall, was quickly pirated in America, first by Carey, Lea and Blanchard of Philadelphis. The Philadelphia edition was first issued in 5 parts (volumes), unillustrated, in brown paper covered boards and reddish cloth spine. Each volume contained 4 of the original parts. The first illustrated edition was also published by this publisher in 1838 with engravings by Yeager of the extra illustrations drawn in London by Alfred Crowquill (Alfred Henry Forrester) and "Sam Weller". Because Dickens was unknown at the time, only 1200 copies were issued. In 1838, the publisher paid Dickens £50 in honor of the success of the work. This is Part (Volume) V, only, of the original 5-part issue, one of the 1200 copies. Owner's signature on rear spine ("The property of Ezekiel Potter") and on front pastedown ("The Property of Ezekiel Potter Jr./ Whitefield Me 1837"). Ezekiel Potter was a descendant of Anthony Potter (d. 1690), who immigrated to the American colonies from England in 1628, was recorded in Ipswich, MA in 1648, founding a family of successful farmers. In generation V, Solomon Potter moved to Whitefield, Maine in 1782. Three of his sons served in the War of 1812 and son Ezekiel , owner of this book, was born December 26, 1785. Spine worn at hinges, soiled and fading. Label worn, with some residual printing. Covers abraded and stained. Shaken. Foxed. Tidal marks on preliminary pages. Front hinge cracked internally. Else, Good.
Price: $250.00

[Sheet Music]. The Chimes Quadrille, Composed for the Musical Bouquet. Most Respectfully Inscribed to Charles Dickens. No. 1. Toby Veck. No. 2. Meggy Veck. No. 3. Lilian. No. 4. Richard. No. 5. The Wedding. London. J. Bingley & W. Strange. N. D. [ca. 1844]. Engraved illustration of title page by A[lfred] Ashley. First Edition. 4 pp. Fo. Not bound. Title page illustrated elaborately by Ashley, inspired by the illustrations of ╥The Chimes╙ Podeschi H751. Lightwood, p. 175. Biographical Dict. at (for Ashley). Lightwood cites two versions of ╥The Chimes Quadrille, one by Henry Oakey, the other by Lancelott. Oakey's "Ethiopian Quadrilles" is in the Lester Levy Collection of Sheet Music at Johns Hopkins. He also composed "The Bruce Polka". F. Lancelott is also represented in the Levy Collection and was often published by the Musical Bouquet. The Musical Bouquet series began ca. 1846 and was operated by James Bingley and William Strange, often via piracy until the establishment of Stationers Hall, for copyright registration. One of their prime properties was the music of Henry Russell (1812-1900), the famous singer and composer who lived for a period in the United States. Musical Bouquet competed fiercely for his music and leadership of the mass music market in mid-century. Alfred Ashley (1821?-97, fl. 1840-50) was a noted English engraver of the mid-19th century and the author of "The Art of Etching on Copper" (1849). He was also noted for his musical titles. Music seller's stamp at foot of p.1. Owner's signature: "Mrs. Gooey- 1847". Attractive and very uncommon. Spine professionally taped. Mildly dusty. Else, Very Good.
Price: $225.00

[Sheet Music]. Rowbotham, T. L. - Original Edition. The Criket (sic) on the Hearth. A Set of Quadrilles, from a Fairy Tale of Home Dedicated to Charles Dickens Esqe. [Title Page Only]. London. H. Tolkien. N.D. [ca. 1845]. Lithographed illustration of title page First Edition. Only the title page survives. Fo. Not bound. Title page illustrated with scenes from the Christmas Book of 1845 by Charles Dickens. Podeschi H787. Lightwood, p. 175. DNB (for Rowbotham). Thomas L. Rowbotham, Jr. (1823-75) was a noted English watercolor painter of the mid-19th century. In his early youth, he aspired to be a composer of music. This is a product of his musical career. In his early 20's, in the years of this musical composition, he changed to pursue the traditional family career of artist , as his father had wished. Although highly admired for his watercolor landscape sketches, he died penniless. In the Gimbel Collection of Charles Dickens, as here, only the cover of the music survives, the illustrations occupying most of the page. Cover only, trimmed. Stain and small chip at upper corner. Dusty. Else, Very Good.
Price: $125.00

[Sheet Music]. Dickens, Charles (Words), and Lesta Vesé (Music).- Last Song (Autumn Leaves). Dedicated to Charles C. Converse, Esq. Louisville, KY. Louis Tripp. 1870 First Edition. 5 pp. Fo. Disbound. Decorative typography on cover. Podeschi B33. Not in Lightwood, nor in Miller, Dickens Student and Collector. A ballad from "The Village Coquettes", Dickens's early opera (1835-36), with the original music by John Hullah (see Podeschi B33). Here the music is by Lesta Vesé, a prominent composer of ballads and sacred music in mid 19th century America. The imprint is unusual and this piece is in several prominent collections, e.g. the University of Louisville and the Templeton Collection at Mississippi State University, as well as the Library of Congress. Charles Crozat Converse (1834-1918), was the composer of 'What a Friend We Have in Jesus". He studied music in Germany in 1855 and was a friend of Franz List and Louis Spohr. Returning to America, he studied law in New York and practiced in Pennsylvania, but continued to write music. "The Village Coquettes" written by Dickens with music by Hullah was an early production by the author, but had little success with negative criticism of Dickens's libretto. He, in turn, blamed the quality of the acting and the high ticket prices. Tears in lowest margin, with no encroachment on text. Closed tear in leading edge of rear cover. Mild foxing of covers. Else, Very Good.
Price: $195.00

[Sheet Music][Charles Dickens].- Coote, Charles. Coote's Lancers. Somebody's Luggage. (1) His Boots; (2) His Umbrella; (3) His Black Bag; (4) His Writing Desk; (5) His Portmanteau; Martha the Milkman's Daughter; Old Rosin the Beau; The Soldier's Joy. Dedicated to Charles Dickens Esq. Boston. Oliver Ditson & Co. N.D. [? 1862-67]. Delightful cover lithograph. First American Edition. 11 pp. Fo. Disbound. Miller, Dickens Student and Collector, p.224. not in Lightwood. Fisher, 150 Yrs. Music Pub. U.S. A Musical setting for the story by Dickens and others, published in All the Year Round as the Extra Christmas Number for 1862 (Volume VIII). The composer was Charles Coote (1807-79). Coote and his son, Charles Coote, Jr. (1831-1916) were noted composers of popular music, including dance music (waltzes, polkas, quadrilles and galops) and, with the Lancers, various entertainments, which were precursors of the music hall genre. In the latter capacity they were also conductors of various groups A London Edition of "Somebody's Luggage" was also published (N.D, but probably 1862) as played by Coote and Tinney╒s Band by H. Davison. The dedication to Charles Dickens was with permission (Miller). the publisher flourished under the name of Oliver Ditson & Co. from 1857 until 1888, the death of O. Ditson. The list of associate publishers auggests that this item, undated, was published about 1867. Covers mildly soiled. Offsetting of printing to opposite pages. Else, Very Good.
Price: $250.00

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