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    Charles Dickens. Pictures from Italy. London: 1846. First edition. Very good.

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    Charles Dickens. Pictures from Italy. The Vignette Illustrations on Wood by Samuel Palmer. London: Published for the Author, by Bradbury & Evans, 1846. First edition. Small octavo. [8], 269, [1], [2, advertisement] pages. Four wood-engraved vignette illustrations by Samuel Palmer (title-page, p. [1], p. [5], and p. [270]). This copy has all of the internal flaws listed by Smith. In this copy, the comma is present after "Wood" in the fourth line of text on the title-page.

    Publisher's primary binding of blue fine-diaper cloth with covers decoratively panelled in blind and spine decoratively stamped and ruled in blind and lettered in gilt. Original pale yellow coated endpapers. Corners bumped, cloth very slightly darkened, gilt on spine a little rubbed, a few chips to cloth at spine extremities and corners, some light soiling to cloth on covers, front hinge cracking but sound. Paper slightly browned at the edges, occasional minor soiling. Dampstaining to endpapers and apparent on some top edges, especially preliminary leaves including title, a few additional marginal tears. Ink signature on title. A very good copy.

    "The illustrator originally chosen for Pictures from Italy was Clarkson Stanfield, but he resigned his commission to supply twelve plates because the book seemed to him to have an anti-Catholic bias...Samuel Palmer was appointed in Stanfield's place, but was able to complete only four woodblocks, showing the Villa d'Este, the Colosseum, the Street of the Tombs at Pompeii, and a group of peasants harvesting in a vineyard" (Oxford Reader's Companion to Dickens, p. 450).

    Eight numbered sketches in this book originally appeared in The Daily News from 21 January through 11 March 1846 under the title: "Travelling Letters. Written on the Road." Dickens modified these sketches and added others from letters to his friend John Forster for book publication. Pictures from Italy was published in book form on May 18, 1846. 6s.

    Eckel, pp. 126-127. Gimbel A98. Smith II, 7.



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