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Dickens, Charles
MASTER HUMPHREY'S CLOCK. CHAPMAN AND HALL, 1841
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98
Dickens, Charles
MASTER HUMPHREY'S CLOCK. CHAPMAN AND HALL, 1841
Estimate
5,0007,000
LOT SOLD. 7,500 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

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Dickens, Charles
MASTER HUMPHREY'S CLOCK. CHAPMAN AND HALL, 1841
8vo, first edition, volume 2 only, illustrations by George Cattermole and Hablot K. Browne, SIGNED ON THE TITLE-PAGE BY THE AUTHOR ("Charles Dickens | Paris | Eighteenth February 1855"), half green calf, marbled boards, preserved in folding cloth box, covers worn, hinges slightly split, some spotting
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Provenance

Charles Oliffe, son of the doctor Sir Joseph Oliffe, ownership signature on endpaper; his sister the children's author Florence Bell, bookplate

Catalogue Note

This volume is referred to in Dickens's letter to Lady Oliffe of the same date, thanking her for her "note at parting" (see Pilgrim edition of the Collected Letters, volume 7, p.542). The volume was probably delivered to Dickens at the Hotel Meurice, with Lady Oliffe's letter, for Dickens to sign, at her or her son Charles's request -- this would explain the unusual nature of the inscription, with its simple signature and date.
Dickens was friendly with Sir Joseph Oliffe and his wife Laura. Sir Joseph practiced medicine in Paris. Several letters from Dickens to him are included in the Collected Letters, and Sir Joseph's house was a regular destination for the author when he was in Paris.

English Literature, History, Children’s Books and Illustrations, including The Garrett Herman Collection: The Age of Darwin

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London