"The pain of parting is nothing to the joy of meeting again": First Extra Illustrated Signed Limited Edition of Dickens' Nicholas Nickleby
London: Chapman and Hall, 1839.
First extra illustrated signed limited edition of one of Dickens’ most popular novels. Octavos, two volumes bound in full brown pebbled morocco with gilt titles and elaborate gilt tolling to the spine in 6 compartments within raised gilt bands, floral gilt ruling to the panels, gilt turn-ins and inner dentelles, top edge gilt, marbled endpapers, illustrated with numerous engravings. Inscribed by Charles Dickens three days before his final reading in his American tour on the limitation page, “Faithfully yours, Charles Dickens New York. Wednesday Fifteenth April, 1868.” Dickens performed 22 readings at Steinway Hall in New York City between December 1867 and April 18, 1868. His final appearance occurred at a banquet dinner in his honor at the landmark Delmonico’s on Saturday the 18th where he famously stated that he would no longer denounce America, having restored his faith during this visit after his less successful first trip twenty years earlier. This extra-illustrated edition was compiled and bound by Curtis Guild in 1880 with an additional printed title-page stating that it is “Extended by the Insertion of the Author’s Autograph, a Portrait of Mr. Macready, a Complete Set of the Onwhyn plates, Illustrations by Darley, Reinhart, Eytinge and Others, Collected from Various Sources in Europe and America, by Curtis Guild / Boston, 1880.” In near fine condition. A stunning example.
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