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Binding by Sangorski & Sutcliffe once containing ten original autograph letters.

[DICKENS (Charles)].

[DICKENS (Charles)].

Fine binding by Sangorski & Sutcliffe once containing ten original autograph letters. Retaining title and list of contents in manuscript in red and black ink, 14 sheets of typed transcriptions and 11 sheets of card each with an empty panel from which the letters and envelopes have been removed.

Large 8vo. [265 x 185 x 22 mm]. Bound c.1920 by Sangorski & Sutcliffe in red goatskin, the covers tooled in gilt with a border of a dog-tooth and two fillets and panel of two solid and a dotted fillet with gouges, dots and a palmette in the corners, lettered at the centre of the front cover. The spine divided into six panels with gilt compartments, lettered in the second and third and dated at the foot, the others tooled with a centre, corners and small circles, stars and dots, the edges of the boards tooled with a gilt double fillet, the turn-ins with gilt broken fillets and rolls, dark green endleaves, gilt edges.

Until recently this binding contained six autograph letters signed and four autograph letters (in the third person) from Charles Dickens to correspondents including Mr. Snoxell, John De Gex, Frederick Dickens (brother), Miss Kelly, Miss Dolby, Mr. Yapp and three others, from Doughty Street, Devonshire Terrace and Tavistock House, dated 30 November 1839 - 27 March 1855.

There is a pre-1939 Maggs Bros cost code "sqoo" on the rear endleaf and the leather booklabel of William Foyle (1885-1963). The volume was offered as lot 637 in the third part of the Foyle sale, Christie's, London, 12/7/2000, with an estimate of £6000-£8000. It failed to sell, and sometime thereafter the decision was made to extract the letters and presumably to sell them individually.

Stock no. ebc4364

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