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[Charles Dickens].
Oliver Twist, or The Parish Boy’s Progress. A Drama in Three Acts.
Bound with: Pollock’s Characters and Scenes in Oliver Twist.
London: B. Pollock, no date, circa 1860.
Octavo, full nineteenth-century mottled calf gilt. $3500.
Beautifully bound Victorian children’s toy theater adaptation of
Oliver Twist
featuring a brief script, and a suite of twenty-three double-page plates of
characters, sets, and props, all brilliantly hand-colored. A fine example of
an ephemeral piece of Dickensiana.
Charles Dickens, as “Boz.”
The Library of Fiction, or Family Story-Teller.
London: Chapman and Hall, 1836, 1837.
Two octavo volumes, full nineteenth-century crushed morocco gilt. $5000.
First edition, containing the first printing of “The Tuggs’s at Ramsgate” and
“ALittle Talk About Spring and the Sweeps.” Both stories would appear in
Sketches by Boz
, with new illustrations by George Cruikshank; these early plates
illustrators Seymour and Buss were never reprinted. A fine copy of
an early Dickens rarity, bound by Ramage.
John Keats; [William Morris]. The Poems.
Hammersmith: William Morris at the Kelmscott Press, 1894.
Octavo, full twentieth-century russet morocco gilt. $7000.
First edition of the stunning Kelmscott Keats, one of three hundred copies,
containing all the major poems. Gift inscription by English playwright Henry
Arthur Jones, a longtime friend of Kelmscott printerWilliamMorris. A fine
association copy, bound by Sangorski and Sutcliffe.
Charles Dickens. The Personal History of David Copperfield.
London: Bradbury & Evans, 1850.
Octavo, full nineteenth-century polished calf gilt. $2800.
First edition in book form of Dickens’s favorite of his own novels: “Whether
I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held
by anybody else, these pages must show.” A near-fine copy, illustrated by “Phiz,”
bound by Riviere.
William Wordsworth; [Louisa Fenwick].
The Poetical Works of William Wordsworth.
London: Edward Moxon, 1846.
Seven octavo volumes, full nineteenth-century polished calf gilt. $16,000.
Wordsworth’s collected poems, warmly inscribed to Louisa Fenwick “from her
affectionate FriendWilliamWordsworth.” Louisa’s aunt, Isabella Fenwick, was one
ofWordsworth’s closest friends: in 1843, she famously recorded his observations on
his poetry in the manuscript known as the Fenwick Notes. Louisa was a close
member ofWordsworth’s circle as well: he stayed with Isabella and Louisa for six
weeks in 1847, when he inscribed this set to his young hostess. A near-fine set,
bound by Hayday.
William Wordsworth; [Charles Dickens].
The Prelude, or Growth of a Poet’s Mind.
London: Edward Moxon, 1850.
Octavo, original brown cloth rebacked, bookplates of Charles Dickens. $6000.
First edition ofWordsworth’s sweeping autobiographical poem, a work in progress
for over fifty years.Wordsworth takes the growth of his own poetic imagination
as his epic subject: “Fair seed-time had my soul, and I grew up / Fostered alike by
beauty and by fear.” From the library of Charles Dickens, another great Victorian
chronicler of childhood, with his bookplates.