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(DICKENS, Charles)
Collection of Charles Dickens Memorabilia, framed and glazed, including: Dickens's rosewood paper knife, with a letter of authenticity from his sister-in-law Georgina Hogarth; a carte de visite portrait photograph; a signed cheque made payable to 'House and Bonchurch'; a single-page ALS from Dickens to John Hilson esquire, thanking him for 'that communication'. The whole put together and presented by W.T. Spencer, Esq.
[c.1870] Five items arranged, with labels, on dark green felt within a heavy oak frame, approx. 72 x 41cm. There is a small tear in the cheque, without loss, but the overall condition of the collection is v.g.The centrepiece of this small but fascinating selection is a handsome rosewood paper knife, 29cm in length, ornamented with a finely tooled gilt brass onlay at the handle end. It bears a small oval label that is somewhat oxidised, but retains the monogrammed initials, 'C.D.'. Beneath the knife to the left is a 10-line holograph statement, written and signed by Georgina Hogarth, in which she states, 'I certify that Charles Dickens always used this rosewood and brass paper knife from 1859 until the time of his death ... and that I have always used it since and had it my possession'. Directly beneath the paper knife is a carte de visite photograph portrait of Dickens, probably taken around 1860. The full-length portrait shows Dickens seated in a Regency-style armchair, facing left. Beneath the paper knife to the right is an 11-line ALS from Dickens to John Hilson Esquire. Writing from Broadstairs Kent, on the sixth October 1849, Dickens thanks Hilson for his letter, 'which reached me on the Isle of Wight, some few days ago', and ensures him he has 'read it with considerable interest'. It is written in blue ink, and signed by Dickens with his usual flourish. The identity of John Hilson is not certain, nor the nature of the correspondence to which Dickens refers. This letter is not in Pilgrim Letters, and there is no record … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Jarndyce Rare Books [UK]

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