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    With Three Autograph Letters Signed by Dickens Bound In

    Charles Dickens. The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club. With Forty-Three Illustrations, by R. Seymour and Phiz. London: Chapman and Hall, 1837.

    First edition. Octavo (8.1875 x 5.0625 inches; 208 x 128 mm.). xiv, [1, directions to the binder], [1, errata], 609, [1, blank] pages. Forty-one (of forty-three) etched plates (lacking the two "suppressed" Buss plates and the "Mr. Wardle" replacement plate at p. 76).

    Bound in are three previously unpublished Autograph Letters Signed by Dickens:

    Bound between the front flyleaves is an Autograph Letter Signed by Charles Dickens to T. B. Brindley, 26 December 1857. One small octavo page (7 x 4.5 inches; 177 x 114 mm.) on the recto of half of a folded leaf. Inlaid to size. Reinforced on the verso at folds. Written in brown ink on pale blue paper.

    "Tavistock House, Tavistock Square / Twenty Sixth December 1857. / Dear Sir / I am much obliged to you / for your kind note, and for the / curious incident to which you call / my attention. / Pray allow me to / reciprocate all your good wishes. / Faithfully Yours / Charles Dickens / [flourish] / T. B. Brindley Esquire."

    This letter is apparently unpublished. Two other letters Dickens wrote to Brindley 26 June 1843. "Thomas Bardel Brindley, author and mesmerist, of Stourbridge; communicated particulars of his cures to the Zoist from Jan 44, having been encouraged to do so by Elliotson and Townshend" (The Letters of Charles Dickens, p. 515). "Of The Omnipotence of the Deity and other Poems, 3rd edn., 1843. The dedication speaks of 'a mind of so gigantic an order...and profound knowledge of human life, in all its varied phases', and mentions CD's 'kind permission to inscribe this volume' to him" (The Letters of Charles Dickens, p. 515, note 2).

    Bound following the half-title is an Autograph Letter Signed by Charles Dickens to Messrs. Fields Osgood and Co., 18 April 1870. One small octavo page (6.9375 x 4.4375 inches; 176 x 113 mm.) on the recto of a folded leaf inlaid to size. Written in blue ink on blue Gad's Hill Place, Higham by Rochester, Kent. letterhead.

    "5 Hyde Park Place London W. / Monday Eighteenth April 1870 / My Dear Sirs / I am very happy to acknowledge / the receipt of yours of the fourth of / this month, and to assure you without / the least reserve that it entirely / removes from my mind every vestige / of any disagreeable [?] left / upon it from your former communication / Believe me / Faithfully Yours / Charles Dickens / [flourish] / Messrs. Fields Osgood and Co."

    This letter is also apparently unpublished.

    Bound following the title leaf is an Autograph Letter Signed by Charles Dickens to Mrs. Herbert, 24 September 1850. One small octavo page (6.875 x 4.25 inches; 174 x 108 mm.) written in blue ink on pale blue paper inlaid to size.

    "Broadstairs, Kent. / Twenty Fourth September 1850. / Dear Mrs Herbert. / I am very sorry to say that / my Vote is promised for the next / Election, but I shall be happy to / place it at your disposal for the / following one. / Very faithfully Yours / Charles Dickens / [flourish] / The Hon: Mrs Herbert."

    "Elizabeth Herbert (?1821-1911), daughter of General Charles Ashe à Court, married 1846 Signey Herbert MP, later 1st Baron Herbert of Lea...Mrs Herbert had recently introduced CD to Mrs Chisholm...whom the Herberts knew through her assistance in the Female Emigration Fund, started by Sidney Herbert in Dec 49...The Fund was criticized by Herbert's political colleagues, including Peel, for bringing thousands of would-be female emigrants to London (many fraudulently claiming to belong to the class of poor needlewomen, the society's intended beneficiaries) with the resources to help them. Nevertheless they succeeded in sending out 20 ships to Australia 1850-2, the first leaving the Thames 25 Feb 50" (The Letters of Charles Dickens, VI, p. 88, note 2).

    Other letters to Mrs. Herbert are published in The Pilgrim Edition of the Letters of Charles Dickens:

    Bound by Root in full green polished calf. Covers with gilt triple fillet border and gilt corner ornaments, spine in six compartments with five raised bands, decoratively tooled in gilt in four compartments with burgundy and brown morocco gilt lettering labels and burgundy label at foot. Board edges decoratively tooled in gilt, gilt inner dentelles, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers. Front cover detached. Spine faded to brown, spine ends chipped, corners and board edges rubbed. From the H. Barry Morris Collection.

    Gimbel A16.

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