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WISE, Thomas James.) DICKENS, Charles.
To Be Read at Dusk.
London: 1852 [i.e. 1891]. Octavo, 20 pp (223 x 145 mm). Early 20th-century brown calf by Zaehnsdorf, black morocco label, triple gilt fillet to covers, gilt turn-ins, grey endpapers, top edge gilt. Housed in a red cloth chemise within red quarter morocco slipcase, spine lettered in gilt, brown cloth sides. Binding lightly rubbed, front joint with minute splits at ends, some pages opened ever so slightly roughly. A very good copy. The Estelle Doheny copy of this Thomas James Wise forgery. Wise (1859-1937), the most prominent bibliographer of his day, funded his bibliophilia and fuelled his vanity by forging 19th-century literary publications, taking a known text, and producing non-existent "privately printed" editions in pamphlet form, which he sold to wealthy book collectors - in this instance, Dickens's To Be Read at Dusk, first printed in The Keepsake in 1852, here purportedly issued by Dickens in a pamphlet of ten leaves. Carter and Pollard revealed the forgery as part of their 1934 exposé of Wise, An Enquiry Into the Nature of Certain Nineteenth Century Pamphlets - "the analysis of the paper showed that it composed of esparto and straw: as esparto was not introduced into the manufacture of paper until 1861, nine years after the date on which the pamphlet was supposed to be printed, there can be no doubt that it is a forgery" (pp. 185-187). The early owners of the volume were unfortunate victims, commissioning an attractive Zaehnsdorf binding and slipcase to dress the volume; an old tipped-in catalogue description continues the attribution as the original privately-print … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA/ ILAB. [London, United Kingdom]
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