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216. CATALOGUE of the beautiful Collection of Modern
Water-Colour Drawings and Objects of Art of Charles
Dickens, deceased, sold at Christie's, July 9, 1870. Priced in
ink, 8vo, sewn. [Lond. 1870]



from the Office of "All the Year Round." Commencing
March, 1859. when it was conducted by Charles Dickens,
assisted by W. H. Wills, and running on to June, 1867, it
recommences (under the conduct of Charles Dickens, Jr.),
Aprii, 1871, and proceeds without break to August, 1880.
Indexed. 4to, original boards, in a half cloth portfolio.

Lond. 1859-80

* It contains : Six long and interesting letters by Dickens,
upon literary subjects and personal matters, addressed to
Charles Reade, James T. Fields, Charles Lever, Bulwer-Lytton,
Christopher Pope. About 200 letters from Mr. Wills and nearly
400 letters from Charles Dickens the younger.

The above are all impressions taken from the actual Auto-
graph Letters by a copying press on the usual tissue paper.

218. THE LIFE of Charles Dickens. By John Forster.
Illustrated. FIRST EDITION. 3 vols. 8vo, full blue crushed
levant morocco, paneled sides, gilt back and inside border,
gilt edges (slightly rubbed). Lond. 1872-74

* PRESENTATION COPY from Forster to Frederick Ouvry, the
intimate friend of Charles Dickens, and with his bookplate in
each volume. Mr. Ouvry has inserted in the third volume TWO
AUTOGRAPH LETTERS FROM DICKENS to him, both of which are
very fine, one a long and extremely interesting letter, 4 pages
12mo, dated Springfield, Mass, (while he was on his last lectur-
ing tour in America). The other one page, 12mo. Lond. 1859.

219. LIFE OF DICKENS, by Adolphus William Ward.
' ' English Men of Letters. ' ' FIRST EDITION. 12mo, full polished
calf, gilt back, gilt borders, gilt top, uncut, by Kaufmann.

Lond.: Macmillan, 1882

VIEWS, AND PLATES FROM HIS WORKS, of which there are eight
different portraits of Dickens himself, also one of his father.
In addition to these illustrations there are 6 A. L's S. of one
page each, from Thomas Hood, Webster the Comedian, John
Forster, Sir C. W. Dilke, Laman Blanchard, Peter Cunningham,
and an A. S. of Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton. From the col-
lection of Frederick Hendricks, with his etched bookplate, by
E. Evans.

220. KITTON (FREDERICK G.). The Novels of Charles
Dickens. A Bibliography. 16mo, full polished brown calf,
gilt, gilt tops, uncut, by Riviere. Lond. 1897

* AUTHOR 's PROOF COPY, with corrections and additions on
almost every page in Kitten's autograph, and with his initials
in many places. Inlaid and bound in are three autograph post-
cards to the printers relating to corrections to be made in the

221. GENTLEMEN. Par J. de Montfrileux. Illustrated
with aquarelles ~by Harry Eliott, mounted. Royal 8vo, half
brown levant morocco, inlaid back, gilt top, uncut, original
wrappers bound in, by David. Paris, 1909

* A French adaptation of one of Charles Dickens 's novels, of
which only a few copies were issued.



222. MY FATHER As I Recall Him. Illustrated. 12mo,
half green morocco, gilt top, original covers bound in.

Roxburghe Press, Westminster, n. d.

* Inserted is a four page A. L. 8. of Mamie Dickens.

223. WILKINS (WILLIAM GLYDE). First and Early
American Editions of the Works of Charles Dickens. Fac-
similes. Royal 8vo, boards, cloth back, uncut.

Cedar Rapids: Privately Printed, 1910

* One of 300 copies.

224. PROGRAMME of the Annual Dinner of the Boz Club,
Feb. 7, 1914. 6 illustrations. 8vo, wrappers. Lond. 1914

225. ENGRAVED PORTRAIT by Finden, after Maclise;
The same, engraved by Buttre; Autograph addressed envelope
to C. Roach Smith, with signature of Dickens. 3 pieces.

226. TRIAL of John Jasper, for the Murder of Edwin
Drood, Heard by Justice G. K. Chesterton. Small 4to,
wrappers. Lond. 1914

227. PLAYS from Dickens' Novels. Peregrinations of
Pickwick; David Copperfield-, Cricket on the Hearth; Iden-
tity; Oliver Twist; Dombey and Son; Nicholas Nickleby.
8 pieces, 12mo, wrappers in a crimson half morocco slip-case.

Lond. and N. Y., v. d.

228. PLAYS from Dickens' Novels. Cricket on the Hearth ;
Mrs. Harris; The Chimes; Nicholas Nickleby; Old Curiosity
Shop. Illustrated. 6 pieces, 12mo and 16mo, original wrappers.
In a crimson half morocco slip-case. Lond., v. d.


229. SMALL UPHOLSTERED CHAIR, covered with
striped satin (worn) ; with chintz slip-cover. On the front is
a plate inscribed: "Charles Dickens. From Drawing Room.
Gads Hill." A card of certification, in the handwriting of
Georgiana Hogarth, will be sold with the chair.

figured linen, uniform with sofa and the other arm chair;
with chintz slip-cover. On the front is a plate inscribed
"Charles Dickens. From Drawing Room. Gads Hill." A
card of certification in the handwriting of Georgiana Hogarth
will be sold with the chair.



231. SMALL UPHOLSTERED SOFA, covered with
figured linen. On the front is a plate with the inscription:
"Charles Dickens. From Drawing Room, Gads Hill." Slip-
cover of flowered chintz. Sold with card of certification in
the handwriting of Georgiana Hogarth, dated 1870.

232. SMALL ROSEWOOD CHAIR with tapestry seat.
On the back is a plate with the inscription : ' ' Charles Dickens.
From Miss Hogarth 's room, Gads Hill. ' ' With card of certifi-
cation in the handwriting of Georgiana Hogarth, dated 1870.
The back has been repaired.

233. TWO DINING ROOM CHAIRS of mahogany with
red rep seats. On the front of each is a plate inscribed:
"From the Dining Room at Gads Hill." A card of verifica-
tion in the handwriting of Georgiana Hogarth, dated 1870,
will be sold with the chairs.

234. UPHOLSTERED ARM CHAIR, covered in figured
linen to match the small sofa, with satin slip-cover. On the
front is a plate inscribed : ' ' Charles Dickens. From Drawing
Room. Gads Hill." A card of certification in the hand-
writing of Georgiana Hogarth, dated 1870, will be sold with
the chair.

235. SQUARE OAK BENCH with cane seat. On the front
is a plate with the inscription : ' ' Formerly the Property of
Charles Dickens. Purchased at the Gadshill Sale by Mrs.
Banes. " This was one of a set of four that stood in the Chalet
given to Dickens by Fechter.

(See Illustration.)

235A. CEDAR SERVING TABLE with two shelves, three
and a half feet long. On the front is a plate bearing the in-
scription : ' ' Charles Dickens. From the Dining Room at Gads
Hill. ' ' ( One leg has been repaired. )

236. HANGING LAMP FIXTURE used by Dickens at
Gads Hill. Large ornamental fixture for an oil lamp, with
candelabra attachments and chains for adjusting the height.
With the above is a card in the handwriting of Miss Hogarth,
reading: "This is to certify that this Hanging Lamp hung
over the Dining Room Table at Gads Hill. Georgiana



237. A. L. S., 3 pp. 8vo, Mirror of Parliament Office, Thurs-
day Night [1834]. Relating to the purchase of a house. To
Charles Molloy.

* Early letter written in Dickens 's twenty-second year.

238. A. L. S., 2 pp. 8vo. Bentinck Street, Thursday Even-
ing. Endorsed March 6, 1834.

*"/ shall beg to decline any further negotiation for the
purchase of the house in Holy well Street." Very early letter.
Mended in folds and edges.

239. A. L. S., 1 p. 8vo, Furnivals Inn, Monday Morning,
To "My dear Robert":

* "I have just been requested to hurry two articles I have to
write this week." n. d., but probably 1836.

240. A. L. S., 2 pp. 8vo. Chalk, near Gravesend, Monday
afternoon [Feb. 6, 1837] . To J. P. Harley, St. James Theatre,

* A very fine and interesting Dickens letter, undoubtedly re-
ferring to the preparation and production of the famous farce
"Is She His Wife?" Although no copy of the original edition
of this play is extant, it is known, from playbills of the first
performance, that James P. Harley of the St. James's Theatre
both produced and acted in this farce on March 6, 1837, just
one month after the date of this letter. All evidence available
tends to prove that the MS. spoken of in the letter is that of
the play in question, and further no other work of this char-
acter is known to have been produced by Dickens at this

He writes in part: "Not having had time to finish altering
the farce before I left town, I brought it down here with me
on Saturday; altered it on Saturday night; and (by previous
arrangement) forwarded it pr mail directed to Mr. Hogarth
Junr. to be left at the office in the city till called for. He was
to finish copying it on Sunday, <$ leave it at the Theatre for
you to-day," etc.

241. A. L. S., 4 pp. 8vo, Doughty Street, circa 1838. Mourn-
ing paper. To Sergeant Talfourd.

* One of Dickens 's very early letters, referring to the Action
of Macready against Westmacott. Signed in full.

"I had Molloy with me this morning who has been . . . and
expressing his hope that after the actual tone of the Age and
their present readiness to drop any system of annoyance against
you, you will not aid and abet Macready in the proceeding. I
should say that he adds it is a mere conspirancy with Polhill
against Dunn, to suit a purpose of his (Polhill 's) own, which
he declares White and Whitmore have unconsciously disclosed
to him, and of which it is his intention, if the action be pressed
to take every advantage. . . . You may see something in Mol-
loy 's stirring in the affair which I do not," etc.



242. A. L. S., 2 pp. 8vo. To George Henry Lewes, friend
of George Eliot. [1838]

* Dated only ' ' Saturday evening, ' ' and written from the
Parthenon Club. "In consequence of the Coronation, the
Booksellers make the 26th of this month the day for delivering
periodicals to the trade and I am consequently obliged to go
hard to work. ' '

The Coronation of Queen Victoria took place on June 28,

243. A. L. S., 2 pp. 8vo. 1, Devonshire Terrace, Sunday,
8th March [1839]. To Mrs. Thomson, the historical writer.

* " In all that you say so well concerning poor Mrs, Lan-
don and her unfortunate daughter I most cordially and heartily
concur." Mentions also Forster and Bulwer. Miss Landon,
who signed her writings "L. E. L., " died, probably from an
overdose of prussic acid, in South Africa, October, 1838.

244. A. L. S., 2 pp. 8vo. Devonshire Terrace. Sunday.
To T. J. Thompson.

* ' ' Maclise and I coming from the place where you were not
last night and going into the Piazza to supper then and there
encountered Forster."

With two photographic portraits of Dickens.

245. A. L. S., 1 p. 8vo. 40, Albion Street, Broadstairs, Sept.
21st, 1839. To Thomas Hill.

* "/ could not possibly dispense with your attendance at
my Nickleby Dinner."

246. A. L. S., 3}4 pp. 8vo. Sunday Twelfth September,

* To GEORGE CATTERMOLE, the artist, giving instructions for

' ' Will you design upon a block of wood, Lord George Gor-
don, alone and very solitary, in his prison in the Tower .... a
sword duel between Mr. Havedale and Mr. Chester in a grove
of trees," etc., etc.

247. A. L. S., 4 pp. 8vo. 1 Devonshire Terrace, York Gate,
Regents Park. London, April, The Twenty First, 1841. To

* VERY FINE LETTER. "My dear Washington Irving, I cannot
thank you enough for your cordial and generous praise or tell
you what deep and lasting gratification it has given me. r>
Also says: / should like to travel with you outside the last
of the coaches to Bracebridge Hall."

248. A. L. S., 1 p. 8vo. Devonshire Terrace, Tuesday Even-
ing, Ninth March, 1841.

* To Mitton. Business letter relating to the payment of
some debts, "I am more fearful than I can tell you, of en-

. couraging his expectations," etc.



249. A. L. S., 4 pp. 4to. 1, Devonshire Terrace, York Gate,
Regents Park. Thirty first December, 1842. To Prof. Felton,
at Cambridge, Mass.

* Very long letter of over 1,200 words and of many inter-
esting references. "The American book has been a success
in spite of adverse criticisms by Warren who wrote a story
called Ten Thousand a Tear. ' ' Speaks of the slave-owners.
"Dickens does not write for their satisfaction and Dickens will
not explain for their, com fort." Speaks of Mr. Pecksniff and
his daughters, etc., etc.


250. A. L. S., 2 pp. 4to. 1 Devonshire Terrace, York Gate,
Regents Park. Twenty Eighth December, 1842. To Cornelius
Mathews, 14 Pine Street, New York.

* Speaks of international copyright and ' ' The nefarious sys-
tem which now exists," Refers also to " 'My American book,-'
The American Journal 'Brother Jonathan' and 'the free and
independent doctrines of Mr. Benjamin, which are popular
and patriotic.' '

251. A. L. S., 2 pp. 8vo. Broadstairs, Kent, Fourteenth
September, 1842.

* To W. H. AINSWORTH. Sends him a MS. by " a young
gentleman in Devonshire" which he thinks "very pretty" aiiid
hopes that when he comes home at the end of the month "we
shall foregather more frequently."

252. A. L. S., 3 pp. 4to. London, Sunday, 31st July, 1842.
To Professor Felton (lacking signature, but separate signature
dated 16th March, 1842, added). Two pieces.

* Contains an account of Dando the great oyster eater. "He
used to go into oyster shops without a farthing of money and
stand at the counter eating natives until the man who opened
them grew pale, cast down his knife, staggered backward,
struck his white forehead with his open hand and cried 'You
are Dando ! ! !' lie has been known to eat twenty dozen at
one sitting and would have eaten forty if the truth had not
flashed upon the shopkeeper." Dickens further describes the
manner of Dando 's death in gaol while in the act of swallowing
an oyster.

253. A. L. S., 6 pp. 8vo. Clinton House, Niagara Falls,
Twenty ninth April, 1842. To Prof. Felton.


BRYANT, SUMNER and LONGFELLOW and says also: "One of
the noble hearts who sat for the CHEERYBLE BROTHERS is dead.
If I had been in England, I would certainly have gone into
mourning for the loss of such a GLORIOUS LIFE." Speaks of
going to Montreal, and humorously adds "Bis 'ness flrst, pleas-
ure arterwards as King Eichard the Third said ven he stabbed
the t'other King in the Tower afore he murdered the babbies."

254. A. L. S., 1 p. 8vo. Fuller's Hotel, Washington, Twelfth
March, 1842.

* To George Watterston, first librarian of Congress and
author. Thanking him for the present of a book.



255. A. L. S., 1 p. 8vo. Broadstairs, Twenty seventh Sep-
tember, 1843.

* To Chapman & Hall, asking them to send him a book.
' ' The Pursuit of Knowledge under Difficulties. ' '

256. A. L. S., 2 pp. 8vo. Broadstairs, Kent, Fifth Septem-
ber, 1843.

* To John Overs, author of ' ' Evenings of a Working Man, ' '
to which Dickens wrote the Preface and Dedication. Suggests
that he write some original articles of interest to working men
in London.

257. A. L. S., 4 pp. 8vo. Osnaburgh Terrace, May 1, 1844.
To Thomas Mitton, with addressed envelope.

* A letter of friendly remonstrance and advice to Mitton,
one of his earliest friends:

"Any words but words of kindness between such old friends
as you and me occasions me unaffected pain . . . if you know
anything in which my heart has changed for the colder or the
worse with the charge in my fortunes I do not, ' ' etc.

258. A. L. S. with initials. 1 p. 4to, "Office of The Daily
-News. ' ' First January, 1846.

* To Prof. Felton, saying ' ' The Cricket is a most tremendous
success. It has beaten my two other Carols out of the field, and
is going still like wildfire," etc.

Letters from the ' ' Daily News ' ' office are of great scarcity
as Dickens was editor for a very short while.

259. A. L. S., 2 pp. 4to. Rosemont, Lausanne, Switzerland.
Thirty First August, 1846. With address and note on back
'"Robert Keeley Esquire, Favored by John Forster Esquire
&c &c. Charles Dickens."

*"I gave a promise to Willmott last year that you should
have my Christmas Book of this year in time to dramatize and
act on the night of its publication, for another hundred
pounds. ' '

The "Christmas Book" referred to was "The Battle of
Life. ' '

260. A. L. S., with initials. To Mark Lemon, Devonshire
Terrace, Seventh October, 1847.

* Speaking of ' ' the professional 's benefit. ' '

261. A. L. S., 2 pp. 4to. Broadstairs, Kent, Twenty ninth
June, 1847. To T. Curry, at Porto Franco, Italy, with address
on which is a signature in full.

* Long and interesting letter. ' ' We have come down here for
three months with all the children ill of the whooping cough."
Also give a humorous account of a dinner at which a Mr.
Fletcher appeared with "a very red face and a very excited
eye. . . . I am inclined to think that if I had not been there he
would have opened Gibbs like an oyster."

262. A. L. S., 3 pp. 8vo. Regents Park, London. Third
April, 1847. To a " Miss M. ' '

* Speaks of the lady 's frankness and kind nature "It is so
agreeable to me, indeed that it induces me to break through
the rule I generally observe, of never replying to a correspond-
ent who writes me anonymously." Also says "I regret to
say that I do not understand German."



263. A. L. S., 4 pp. 8vo. 1, Chester Place, Regents Park,
Friday, Fourth June, 1847.

* To B. Lumley, theatrical manager, complaining about a
doorkeeper whose behavior ' ' was more disparaging and uncivil
than I have ever had occasion to notice in any public place I
have ever entered."

264. A. L. S., 1 p. 8vo. Devonshire Terrace. Thursday
Ninth November, 1848. To Mark Lemon, with stamped en-
velope. 2 pieces. Written on mourning paper. His sister
died in this year.

265. A. L. S., 3 pp. 8vo. 1 Devonshire Terrace, York Gate.
Twenty ninth February, 1848. To General Jebb, inspector of

* "/ am going down to Brighton to day to finish the story
on which I am at present engaged." Refers also to a young
woman in Pentonville Prison.

266. A. L. S., 2 pp. 8vo. Devonshire Terrace, Ninth Feb-
ruary, 1849. To ' ' My dear Fred. ' ' Signed " C. D. "

* Thanking him for his birthday remembrance. ' ' Blackmore
has (at your request) your copy of the Haunted Man. I don't
Icnow how I made the mistake, but I thought I had certainly
sent you one." etc.

267. A. L. S. (initials), 4 pp. 12mo, Bonchurch, Sept. 25th,
1849. To Evans.


CHURCH. Dickens was at Bonchurch engaged in writing David
Copperfield, where he, Leech and others ..." had great games
at rounders every afternoon, with all Bonchurch looking on."
"My Dear Evans

This letter is really addressed both to you and Lemon [editor
of Punch in later years], to wJwm Leech is anxious I should
write. As I promised yesterday, to repeat my report to you, I
write to-day, and ivill write to Lemon (at White friars), to-

Leech continued pretty much the same until early yesterday
evening, when he became worse, and complaining afresh of the
pain in his head, had leeches on again, mustard poultices to the
back of his neck, a mustard bath to his feet. . . I was there
from 8 until 1/2 past 10, and sharing the terrible restlessness
of his condition, and knowing the utter impossibility of his get-
ting better, and the moral certainty of his getting worse, un-
less he could fall asleep, suggested that it might be well to
mesmerise him. As neither he nor Mrs. Leech were anything
but anxious that it should be done, on my assurance that it
could not possibly do him any harm . . . at 1/2 past 2 this
morning he knocked me up, and I went there. His restlessness
had become most distressing, and it was quite impossible to
get him to maintain any one position for five minutes. He was
like a ship in distress, in a sea of bed clothes. In the difficulty
of getting at him, and of doing the thing with any reasonable
effect, at first in a dark room, it was more than half an hour
before I could so far tranquilize him (by the magnetism I
mean), as to keep him composed awake for five minutes to-



gether. Then that effect began, and he said he felt comfort-
able and happy.

As the clock struck four, he asked me (in the odd way com-
mon to people under that influence) what it meant by striking
twice, and in a few minutes fell fast asleep, breathing deeply
and regularly, and neither snoring nor starting. ... To pre-
vent talk about it [the magnetism'], we have agreed not to
tell him (the doctor) of the thing, at all events for the present,
though I understand he is favorable to magnetism.

Mrs. Leech ... is m great spirits at the improvement, and
was much astonished in the night when we talked across him
... I am rather stupid and write drowsily. ' '

268. A. L. S., 1 p. 8vo. Devonshire Terrace. Oct. 22, 1849.
To T. N. Talfourd.

* ' ' You will observe that these bills are very red. They
turned that color this morning when I took them out of my
desk on returning home, and remembered that I engaged to
send them to Eussell Square almost two months ago."

269. A. L. S., 1 p. 8vo. Devonshire Terrace, Juin 6, 1850.

* Written in French to Henri de Regnier, a French writer.
An invitation to dinner "sans ceremonie." A very unusual

270. A. L, S., 2 pp. 8vo. Devonshire Terrace, 8th February,
1850. To Graham Willmore.

* ' ' Though I quite agree with you in the abstract as to the
importance of trial by jury I cannot say that I participate in
your alarms, ' ' etc.

271. A. L. S., 2 pp. 8vo. 10 Camden Crescent, Dover, Aug.
13, 1862. To .George Scott. With envelope. 2 pieces.

* ' ' I am sorry I don 't know Dr. Vaughan . . . otherwise I
should have been truly glad to have had the pleasure of com-
plying with your request . . . Mrs. Dickens and her sister are
very sorry to hear that Mrs. Scott has been ill . . . (I suppose
she has not been eating any Wild Boar lately.) " etc.

272. A. L. S., 2 pp. 8vo. Tavistock House. Jan. 14th, 1853.
To Henry T. Tuckerman.

*"7 cannot undertake to answer for any other periodical
than Household Words, as I have not the least connexion with
any other such miscellany," etc.

273. A. L. S., 2 pp. 8vo. Tavistock House. Dec. 18, 1853.
To William J. Clement.

*"I should be much pleased to know that you heard me
read the Carol Friday is for the working people, and I should
think will be by far the most interesting evening," etc.

274. A. L. S., 2 pp. 8vo. Tavistock House, April 10, 18-55.
To J. F. Millais.

* "I asked Wilkie Collins to let you know that there is a
curious accidental appositeness in some lines in Gay's Trivia.
You will find them over leaf here," etc.

275. A. L. S., 2 pp. 8vo. Tavistock House, May 1, 1855. To
Mrs. Gaskell.

* "You are at perfect liberty to collect your stories, etc., in
Household Words, and republish them separately," etc.



276. A. L. S., 1 p. 8vo. Paris, Nov. 10, 185-5. To [Bradbury
and Evans] . Signed with his initials.

* "It occurs to me in reference to the Little Dorrit Free List,
that there really is no need to send it to my two brothers unless
they should apply for it. I would rather that Holdsworth and
John at the H. W. office had it. ' ' etc.

277. A. L. S., 2 pp. 8vo. Paris, Dec. 12, 1855. To Pigott.
A fine characteristic letter.

* "If you and your friend will do us the pleasure of coming
early in the evening of that day (Friday), you would find
Viardot here, Ary Scheffer, and Eegnier .... Got Wilkie into
the Xmas No. by sledge hammer force. He has written a
charming paper . . . nothing can be more pleasant, easy, gay
and unaffected, ' ' etc.

278. A. L. S., 3 pp. 8vo. Paris, April 17, 1856. To Mrs.
Willmore. A fine friendly letter, relieving the anxiety of Mrs.
Willmore for the safety of her husband who was travelling.

279. A. L. S., 2 pp. 8vo. Tavistock House, Oct. 17, 1856.
To the Rev. W. Elwin.

*"You shall have due reminder of Twelfth Night. Already
the clinic of hammers gives awful note of preparation, and in
the evening hours my elder children go through fearful drill

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