Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - January - 2018 Issue

Charles Dickens the Subject of a New Catalogue from John Windle Bookseller and Henry Sotheran Ltd.

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Charles Dickens.

John Windle Antiquarian Bookseller and Henry Sotheran Ltd. have combined to create a catalogue of Charles Dickens A Word in Earnest. London-based Sotheran's is closer to Dickens' hometown, but Dickens paid a couple of visits to the United States along the way. He never made it as far west as Windle's San Francisco, though he made it to St. Louis in 1842, farther west than all but a few Americans in the days before the Oregon Trail and while California was still part of Mexico. Collectors of Dickens abound in America as well as England so this is a logical partnership. By 1842, when he first traveled to America, Dickens was already a well established and popular author on both sides of the Atlantic, and that popularity remains to this day among readers and collectors. Someone undoubtedly was performing A Christmas Carol somewhere near you just a few days ago.

 

This catalogue is divided into five sections: 1. First & Notable editions (subheaded in original parts, in original cloth, and miscellaneous first editions); 2. Translations; 3. Reference & Related; 4. Plates, Ephemera, Miscellaneous Dickensiana; and 5. Penny Dickens (the best of Dickens at the lowest prices). Here are a few selections.

 

We begin with one of Dickens' novels "in original parts." These are books that were published serially in parts. They precede the first book editions, which were generally released once all the parts were completed. Item 12 is a first edition in parts of one of Dickens' favorite and most popular novels, The Personal History, Adventures, Experience and Observation of David Copperfield the Younger of Blunderstone Rookery (Which He Never Meant to Publish on Any Account). That is the full title of what is generally known simply as David Copperfield. It is the story of an English boy, tracing his development as a boy and then as a young man. It is semi-autobiographical, much of it being based on experiences in Dickens' own life. It includes some of the dark aspects of society and the treatment of children, recurring themes through much of Dickens' work. This set contains all of the engraved plates and advertisements. It was published from May 1859 - November 1850. Priced at $17,500.

 

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..." Few opening lines are better known than that one. It comes from Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities... It is his tale of the French Revolution, the high hopes of its early days to the Reign of Terror to which it devolved. The two cities are Paris and London, the story following two individuals whose lives become intertwined. Item 15 is a copy of the first edition in cloth, published in 1859. This copy is in the rare secondary green cloth, meaning it is probably the second issue of the first edition. $15,000.

 

Next up we have another Dickens' first edition, published in 1934. Huh? Considering that Dickens died in 1870, why did it take another 64 years to publish one of his books? The answer is that this was hardly a typical Dickens work, and he had no intention of having it published (sort of like the fictional David Copperfield). The result was that it stayed in the family, read at Christmastime by them alone. It was finally agreed by his last surviving son that it could be published after his death, but only then if a majority of surviving Dickens' descendants voted to do so. The title is The Life of Our Lord. Written Expressly for His Children. One should not look at this as a great theological treatise. Instead, it was meant to be read around Christmas to Dickens' children. It was written in the late 1840s. Rather than theological doctrines, Dickens' focus is on Jesus' love and concern for children, the poor and downtrodden. The message was typical Dickens, even if the format was not. Item 24. $300.

 

Next we turn to some works not written by Dickens but about him and his books. Item 44 is The Dickens Advertiser. A Collection of the Advertisements in the Original Parts of Novels By Charles Dickens. The serial issues of Dickens' novels contained advertisements, like magazines. This book, edited by Bernard Darwin, reproduces some of the best. The booksellers note that it provides "a unique glimpse into Victorian life in England." $45.

 

Now we take a look at a part of Dickens' personal life. Item 54 is Dickens and Daughter, by Gladys Storey, published in 1939. The daughter was Catherine Elizabeth Macready Perugini, said to be Dickens' favorite daughter. Most of what Storey presents in this book came directly from Perugini, who died in 1929. It is most noted for bringing to light Dickens' affair with Ellen Turnan, which had been hushed up by Dickens during his lifetime, and by his family thereafter. Dickens' marriage broke down in the 1850s, with the writer's affair taking its place. Ternan was an actress, performing one of Dickens' works. She was 18, he 45 when they became involved. It was the discovery of a bracelet Dickens bought for Ternan, that Catherine Dickens found, that led to the break down of their marriage. They would remain married the rest of his life, but with little contact during his last decade. $80.

 

Here is a guide that will help you determine the value of Dickens' first editions...sort of: The First Editions of the Writings of Charles Dickens and Their Values. A Bibliography, by John E. Eckel. There is one problem with this price guide. It was published in 1913. Prices in general have risen a little over one hundredfold since 1913, but not all books have appreciated equally. The best have appreciated more, those no longer particularly desirable less. This book not only covers first editions of his books, but periodical, newspaper, and other writings associated with Dickens. Eckel used contemporary auction records and catalogues to determine values. Item 47. $100.

 

The final section of this catalogue, "Penny Dickens," offers books for prices akin to those in 1913, though naturally these are not original Dickens' firsts.

 

John Windle Antiquarian Bookseller may be reached at 415-986-5826 or sales@johnwindle.com. Their website is www.johnwindle.com. Sotheran's may be reached at+44 (0)20 7439 6151 or books@sotherans.co.uk. Their website is found at www.sotherans.co.uk.

Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Charles Darwin on sexuality and the transmission of hereditary characteristics: Autograph Letter Signed to Lawson Tait. Down, 17 January [1877].
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> MILTON, JOHN. <i>Paradise Lost. A Poem written in ten books.</i> London: 1667. A very rare example with the contemporary binding untouched and with a 1667 title page.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Hamilton secures the ratification of the Constitution: <i>The Debates and Proceedings of the Convention of the State of New-York, assembled at Poughkeespsie, on the 17th June, 1788.</i>
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> The social contract “Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains”: ROUSSEAU, JEAN-JACQUES. <i>Principes du Droit Politique [Du Contract Social]</i>. Amsterdam: Michel Rey, 1762
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> “The first English textbook on geometrical land-measurement and surveying”: BENESE, RICHARD. <i>This Boke Sheweth the Maner of Measurynge All Maner of Lande…</i>
  • <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: The Adventure & Exploration Library of Steve Fossett. October 31, 2018</b>
    <b>Leslie Hindman, Oct 31:</b> SHACKLETON, Ernest Henry, Sir. <i>Aurora Australis. Printed at the Winter Quarters of the British Antarctic Expedition, 1907, During the Winter Months of April, May, June, July, 1908.</i> $60,000 to $80,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman, Oct 31:</b> HUMBOLDT, Alexander von, and Aime J. A. BONPLAND. <i>Vues des Cordillères, et monumens des peuples indigènes de l'Amérique.</i> Paris, 1810. $30,000 to $40,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman, Oct 31:</b> COOK, James, Captain. [Collected Voyages]. London: Strahan and Cadell, 1773, 1777, 1784. First editions of the second and third voyages. $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: The Adventure & Exploration Library of Steve Fossett. October 31, 2018</b>
    <b>Leslie Hindman, Oct 31:</b> DARWIN, Charles. <i>A Narrative of the Surveying Voyages of His Majesty's Ships Adventure and Beagle, between the years 1826 and 1836.</i> $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman, Oct 31:</b> SPILBERGEN, Joris van (1568-1620). <i>Speculum orientalis occidentalisque Indiae navigationum.</i> Leiden: Nicolaus van Geelkercken, 1619. $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman, Oct 31:</b> DRAKE, Francis, Sir. <i>Sir Francis Drake Revived. Who is or may be a Pattern to stirre up all Heroicke and active Spirits of these Times…</i> London, 1653 [i.e. 1652]. $10,000 to $15,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: The Adventure & Exploration Library of Steve Fossett. October 31, 2018</b>
    <b>Leslie Hindman, Oct 31:</b> SHACKLETON, Ernest Henry, Sir, Louis C. BERNACCHI, and Apsley George Benet CHERRY-GARRARD, editors. The South Polar Times. London, 1907-1914. $10,000 to $15,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman, Oct 31:</b> ANSON, George. <i>A Voyage round the World, In the Years 1740...</i> 1744. London: John and Paul Knapton for the author, 1748. $8,000 to $12,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman, Oct 31:</b> HERRERA Y TORDESILLAS, Antonio de. <i>Description des Indes Occidentales, Qu'on appelle aujourdhuy Le Nouveau Monde...</i> Amsterdam: Michel Colin, 1622. $8,000 to $12,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: The Adventure & Exploration Library of Steve Fossett. October 31, 2018</b>
    <b>Leslie Hindman, Oct 31:</b> NOORT, Olivier van. <i>Description du Penible Voyage fait entour de l'univers ou globe terrestre...</i> Amsterdam: Cornille Nicolas, 1610. $5,000 to $7,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman, Oct 31:</b> LEO AFRICANUS, Johannes. <i>A Geographical Historie of Africa, Written in Arabicke and Italian.</i> London: George Bishop, 1600. $4,000 to $6,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman, Oct 31:</b> SCHOUTEN, Willem Corneliszoon. <i>Journal ou Description du Merveilleux Voyage de Guillaume Schouten, Hollandois natif de Hoorn, fait es années 1615, 1616, & 1617.</i> 1619. $4,000 to $6,000
  • <b>Bonhams: Sale Results from <i>Exploration and Travel, Featuring Americana, Part I.</i> September 25, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25 results:</b> Shackleton, Ernest. <i>Aurora Australis.</i> Printed at the sign of 'The Penguins'; East Antarctica, 1908. Sold for $97,500
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25 results:</b> Shackleton, Ernest. <i>South Polar Times.</i> 1st edition, limited issue. from the library of Michael Barne. Sold for $25,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25 results:</b> General Washington's <i>Proceedings of a General Court Martial... of Major General Lee.</i> Philiadelphia, 1778. 100 copies printed for Congress. BOUND WITH: ...Court Martial... of St Clair and ...Schuyler. Sold for $87,50
    <b>Bonhams: Sale Results from <i>Exploration and Travel, Featuring Americana, Part I.</i> September 25, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25 results:</b> <i>The Voice of the People.</i> Boston, 1754. Rare pamphlet on the Excise Tax. Nathaniel Sparhawk's copy. Sold for $8,750
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25 results:</b> Autograph Letter Signed ("S.L. Clemens"), offering extensive hard-earned advice on writing, 5 pp, 1881. Sold for $37,500
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25 results:</b> Lewis, Meriwether. Contemporary manuscript true copy of his final power of attorney, 1809. Sold for $7,500
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25 results:</b> <i>A New Method of Macarony Making, as Practiced at Boston in North America.</i> Mezzotint. London, 1774. Sold for $6,875
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25 results:</b> <i>Scientific Base Ball Pitching: A Treatise on the Pitcher, Pitching, Origin and Philosophy of the Curve.</i> Chicago, 1897. Sold for $3,750
  • <center><b>William Bunch Auctions<br>October Fine Art and Prints<br>October 29, 2018</b>
    <b>William Bunch Auctions, Oct. 29:</b> Aegidius Sadeler (Flemish, 1570-1629), engraving on laid paper "Madonna and Child in a Landscape", after a drawing by Albrecht Durer. $800 to $1,200
    <b>William Bunch Auctions, Oct. 29:</b> Anders Zorn (Swedish, 1860-1920), drypoint etching on paper "On Hemso Island", 1917, pencil signed. $400 to $600
    <b>William Bunch Auctions, Oct. 29:</b> Joseph Pennell (American, 1860-1926), etching on paper "Setting Up Columns", pencil signed. $200 to $300
    <center><b>William Bunch Auctions<br>October Fine Art and Prints<br>October 29, 2018</b>
    <b>William Bunch Auctions, Oct. 29:</b> William Lee Hankey (British, 1869-1952), drypoint etching on paper "Affection", pencil signed. $200 to $300
    <b>William Bunch Auctions, Oct. 29:</b> William Walcot (English, 1874-1943), drypoint etching on paper "Lower Broadway, New York", 1924, pencil signed. $200 to $300
    <b>William Bunch Auctions, Oct. 29:</b> Auguste Brouet (French, 1872-1941), color etching "La Pirouette", pencil signed, ed 111/250. $400 to $600
    <center><b>William Bunch Auctions<br>October Fine Art and Prints<br>October 29, 2018</b>
    <b>William Bunch Auctions, Oct. 29:</b> Thomas Hart Benton (American, 1889-1975), lithograph on paper "The Boy", pencil signed. $2,000 to $3,000
    <b>William Bunch Auctions, Oct. 29:</b> John Stockton de Martelly (American, 1903-1979), lithograph on paper "Looking at the Sunshine", pencil signed, original AAA certificate. $400 to $600
    <b>William Bunch Auctions, Oct. 29:</b> Jacques Hnizdovsky (Ukrainian-American, 1915-1985), woodcut on paper "Moppet", pencil signed and dated 1965, ed 118/250. $400 to $600
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 8:</b> Kurt Vonnegut, archive of 12 letters, signed to his family, 6 illustrated, 1930s-40s. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 8:</b> Allen Ginsberg, 11 autograph manuscripts, including 10 drafts of poems & a page of notes, circa 1948. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 8:</b> Joan Miró, illustrated autograph note signed to MoMA Director of Exhibitions & Publications, 1959. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 8:</b> Carl Gustav Jung, typed letter signed to a colleague, 1948. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 8:</b> Gustav Mahler, ALS, arranging a meeting during his historic visit to New York, circa 1908. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 8:</b> Mark Twain, ALS, explaining the target of his new book, 1902. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 8:</b> Charles Dickens, ALS, accepting an invitation in the voice of a <i>Martin Chuzzlewit</i> character, 1843. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 8:</b> Jacob Lawrence, illustrated greeting card signed, 1960. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 8:</b> Robert E. Lee, ALS, to the colonel of the Kanawha Valley volunteers, boosting morale, 1861. $15,000 to $25,000

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