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    "Editorial Copy," Signed by the Editor, and with an Autograph Letter Signed by Dickens

    [Charles Dickens]. George Baker [editor]. Charles Dickens and Maria Beadnell ("Dora"). Private Correspondence between Charles Dickens and Mrs. Henry Winter (née Maria Beadnell), the Original of Dora Spenlow in "David Copperfield" and Flora Finching in "Little Dorrit." [Boston]: Privately Printed for William K. Bixby, 1908.

    "Second edition" (see note below), one of 250 copies. Octavo. [iii]-xxx, 152, [6] pages. Copiously illustrated with engraved plates, a playbill facsimile, and a facsimile printed on two unnumbered pages at the end of the book. Title printed in red and black, tissue guard captions printed in red.

    Original half parchment over brown paper boards, smooth spine lettered in gilt. Two bookseller's descriptions and two newspaper clippings affixed to front pastedown. Dickens ALS affixed to the recto of the frontispiece (transcription below). Inscribed at head of title the words "Editorial Copy"; and Baker's signature, dated "Sept. 1908", on the front free endpaper. Affixed to recto of plate opposite page 23 is an ALS to the editor from Beadnell's second cousin, Laura Hathaway; another Hathaway ALS is affixed to rear free endpaper. Affixed to rear pastedown are four pages of manuscript notes relating to the publication, but likely not by Baker. Scattered light foxing. Parchment lightly soiled. Overall a very good copy.

    A handsome copy of this important work, with a charming Dickens ALS. In the "Preface to Second Edition" (p. [vii], Baker explains "After the Dickens-Dora papers came into my possession I agreed to allow the Bibliophile Society all the rights to print same that I possessed, with the understanding that, after the edition had been printed by them for the members, I should, omitting their title page, print two hundred and fifty copies as a second edition for my own use, for presentation to friends...."

    The Dickens ALS written on the recto of half of a folded leaf of one octavo page with printed letterhead: "Office of Household Words. A Weekly Journal Conducted by Charles Dickens." Transcription:

    "Tuesday Twelfth October 1858 / Dear Sir / Will you be so good as to send / a competent person down to my house at / Gad's Hill [word crossed out] to Doctor the clock. It / has suddenly left off striking-to the / great discomfiture of my establishment. / Faithfully Yours / Charles Dickens / [flourish] / Mr. Bennett Esquire."


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