Charles Dickens. The Plays and Poems of Charles Dickens. London: W. H. Allen & Co., 1882. First suppressed edition. Two volumes. Full reddish-brown morocco, lettered and decorated in gilt. Slight discoloration to spines. Else fine.

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    The Plays and Poems of Charles Dickens. With a Few Miscellanies in Prose. Now First Collected, Edited, Prefaced and Annotated by Richard Herne Shepherd. In Two Volumes. London: W. H. Allen & Co., 1882.


    First suppressed edition, including "No Thoroughfare" (Volume II, pp. [67]-180), which was written jointly with Wilkie Collins. Two octavo volumes (8.625 x 5.4375 inches; 219 x 139 mm.). 406, [1, printer's imprint], [1, blank]; vi, [1, errata], [1, blank], 224, 224a-224b, 225-420 pages. Includes a "Bibliography of Dickens" (Volume II, pp. [337]-406).


    Handsomely bound for Hatchards of Piccadilly (stamp-signed in gilt on the rear turn-ins) in full reddish brown niger morocco. Covers with gilt single fillet border enclosing three gilt dots in each corner, spines similarly panelled and lettered in gilt in compartments with five raised bands, board edges and turn-ins ruled in gilt, all edges gilt. Original bright blue cloth covers and spine bound in at the end of each volume. Some slight discoloration to spines and a few small areas of discoloration on covers. Slight offsetting from the turn-ins to the free endpapers. Otherwise a fine copy.


    Because of the copyright on "No Thoroughfare," which was the property of Wilkie Collins, "an injunction was obtained, and the book immediately suppressed, only a very few copies getting into circulation. A new edition of Mr. Shepherd's volume was issued in 1885, from which 'No Thoroughfare' was omitted, its place being taken by Dickens's 'Sketches of Young Gentlemen' and 'Sketches of Young Couples'" (Frederic G. Kitton, The Minor Writings of Charles Dickens, pp. 217-218).


    Carr B538(1). Gimbel D96.

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