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THE Old Curiosity Shop
A Christmas day PRESENTATION

DICKENS, CHARLES. (1812-1870). His book: The Old Curiosity Shop. London. Bradbury and Evans, for Chapman and Hall. 1841. First edition thus. Boldly signed and inscribed on the front title page: “Daniel Maclise / from his friend / charles dickens / Christmas day 1841” Quired in 6s (251 x 167 mm.) Dedication leaf to Samuel Rogers (not called for by Smith, but in vol 1 of Master Humphrey’s Clock from which this is separately issued). Illustrations in text by George Cattermole and Hablot K. Brown [Phiz]. (An exceptionally bright and fresh copy, with some occasional pale spotting) PRESENTATION binding in full red morocco, gilt-ruled on covers, gilt- lettered and decorated on spine, all edges gilt.

John Forster first introduced Daniel Maclise and Charles Dickens in December of 1836. Forster and Maclise were already great friends and they now introduced the twenty-four-year-old Dickens to an important segment of literary London. Although the young author had produced Sketches by Boz, the first installation of Pickwick Papers was yet to be published. Maclise, who had become an Associate of the Royal Academy in 1835, was the better-known figure. With Dickens' help, he was soon to become notorious. During the forties, Maclise and Dickens were extremely close. [] Dickens' daughter described this friendship at its height: “Maclise, moreover, was very handsome in person, and had a singular fascination and charm of manner, little personal attractions for which my father had invariably an almost boyish enthusiasm, and the charming warmth and geniality of his nature completely won my father's heart.” [K. Perugini, "Charles Dickens as a Lover of Art and Artists," The Magazine of Art, 1903, 127.] This remarkable book would certainly be a highlight of any serious Dickens collection, and the uniqueness of the association between Dickens and Maclise cannot be over stated.

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Thoughts on the Cause of the Present Discontents by Edmund Burke
5th Edition
Printed for J. Dodsley
London, 1775 - SOLD

A discourse on the travails England was experiencing in the late 18th century, including problems with the American colonies by one of the foremost political thinkers in England. 118 pages, rebound with marbled covers and leather corners and spine.


Previous Offerings or Gone to New Homes

The Address of the People of Great Britain to the Inhabitants of America
By Sir John Dalrymple, printed for T. Cadell
London 1775 - SOLD

Rebound in brown cloth covers. Pencil marks and notes throughout, some foxing and toning.


Day Book, Leather Covered Note Book, Engraved Brass Lock Mount
Thomas Smith, His Book
May 3, 1800
Leather, dyed green - SOLD

Perhaps 25% of sheets with written information, the remaining pages are blank.
Dimensions: 6 by 4 by 1".

171-94 - SOLD

The Vanity of Man Considered
Commemorating the Death of George Washington
By Samuel Niles
Pastor of the Church in Abington, MA
Circa 1800
Printed in Boston in 1800 by John & Thomas Fleet - SOLD

Printed sermon by Samuel Niles, Pastor of the Church in Abington [MA] titled "The Vanity of Man Considered In A Sermon Delivered February 22d, 1800, Commemorating The Death of George Washington, Late President of the United States," printed in Boston in 1800 by John & Thomas Fleet, on laid paper, 23 pages, rebound and recovered in suede, some staining and tears. (6 by 9-inches.)

110-375 - SOLD

"The History of Miss Villars" Pamphlet
Circa 1793 - SOLD

A printed pamphlet with wallpaper covers relating to the tribulations of Miss Villars, a young "woman of business" with "no inclination to marry" in patriarchal post revolutionary America.
It is inscribed on the inside of the cover: "Presented to Thomas Dewick by his Instructor _m Marcy".
There are also two cabinet cards of a Rebecca and John Minnekin of Fall River, MA.
Condition: cover is chipped, pages have tear in center, otherwise good.
Dimensions: 3.875 by 5.875-inches.

576-22 - SOLD

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