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DICKENS, Charles.
The Uncommercial Traveller.
London: Chapman and Hall, 1861 [i.e. 1860]. London: Chapman and Hall,, 1861 [i.e. 1860]. Presentation copy to his friend William Harness Octavo (184 x 117 mm). Contemporary green half morocco, red morocco label, marbled sides, speckled edges. With 32pp. of advertisements at the end dated December 1860. Morocco heavily rubbed, light wear at extremities, but binding still firm with joints holding, contents clean; a good copy. First edition in book form, presentation copy from Dickens to his friend William Harness, inscribed by the author on the title page "The Rev: William Harness From Charles Dickens Christmas, 1860". Dickens's friendship with the Shakespearean scholar William Harness (1790-1869) probably began at the Athenaeum - where both were members - in 1838, and was no doubt cemented when both men became members of the Shakespeare Society in 1840. Harness was one of the small circle invited to attend the private reading of The Chimes at John Forster's rooms in December 1844, and is depicted as overcome with emotion in Daniel Maclise's drawing of the reading. "Dickens was a very kind friend to Mr Harness; he regarded him as one of the literary men of the past, and occasionally asked his opinion, and sent him little presents, which were of course very gratifying. Mr Harness thoroughly appreciated the great novelist and his works, and was supremely happy whenever he could persuade 'Charles' to be a guest at his table. When Dickens was giving Readings in his later years, he told Mr Harness that he would always have a chair placed for him close to the platform; but Mr Har … [Click Below for Full Description]
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