The History of the British Empire in India; From the library of Charles Dickens with his bookplate to each volume
The History of the British Empire in India.
Gleig, Rev. G. R. (Charles Dickens).$7,500.00
Item Number: 92532
London: John Murray, 1830-1835.
Finley bound first edition set of Gleig’s history the British Empire in India from the library of Charles Dickens. Octavos, 4 volumes, bound in three quarters morocco over marbled boards, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, marbled endpapers, all edges marbled, engraved frontispiece portraits in each volume, folding map in volume I. From Charles Dickens’ library with his bookplate and library label in each volume, which reads, “From the Library of Charles Dickens, Gadshill Place, June, 1870″ to the pastedown. In near fine condition. Housed in a custom half morocco box with Dickens’ gilt insignia. Rare and desirable with noted provenance.
Dickens bought the Gadshill Place mansion in Higham Kent in 1856, where he would reside until his death on the couch in the dining room of that very house in 1870. Dickens had a large library installed in the study of the mansion which contained many dummy books, the titles of which he invented to reflect his own prejudices and opinions, including: Hansard's Guide to Refreshing Sleep, Socrates on Wedlock, and King Henry the Eighth's Evidences of Christianity. The most successful novelist of the Victorian era, Dickens created some of the world's best-known and often comically repulsive fictional characters.