DICKENS, CHARLES. 1812-1870.
The Works. London: Chapman & Hall, 1906-1908.
40 volumes. 8vo. Numerous plates including mounted illustrations after George Cruikshank, Hablot K. Browne ("Phiz"), facsimile title-pages and wrappers, etc. Period red morocco by Bayntun decorated in gilt and with navy morocco inlays. Two upper covers detached (vols 1 & 17), covers on vol 10 & 28 nearly detached and some other joints started.
TWO AUTOGRAPH LETTERS BOUND IN, THE "NATIONAL EDITION," ONE OF 750 COPIES. The National Edition was one of the most sumptuous editions of Dickens' Works. This example is finely bound and is extra-illustrated with two Autograph Letters Signed (both "Charles Dickens" with characteristic flourish):
1. 1½ pp, 8vo, rectos only (conjoined leaves), Gad's Hill, October 31, 1860, to Sir John Bowring. An interesting letter regretting that he did not attend Bowring's lecture and mentioning his "Falstaff house" and "All the Year Round" and joking with him about taking poison from the Natives. Bowring was a travel writer and the fourth Governor of Hong Kong. Published in Letters of Charles Dickens: 1836-1870, p 180 ff.
2. 1½ pp, 8vo, recto and verso, London, June 13, 1848, to Edward Davis. In which Dickens apologizes for not answering his letter earlier but explains that he has no connection to the Punch office and that his amateur company will not be able to visit Newcastle.