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DICKENS, Charles]
Complete Set of 13 Proof Wrappers [cover title] [Group of thirteen proofs for wrappered issues of various Charles Dickens Works
[London?], 1920. Thirteen proof sheets, each measuring just shy of 9" x 12". Each leaf contains the elaborate engraved cover illustration for a notable Dickens title. Nearly all of them are on greenish stock, while "Sketches by Boz" is on a cream stock. most show varying degrees of dust soiling at the extremities, and some minor chips and closed tears, but the illustrations and immediate area surroungding them are clean and bright. A real curiosity - the item was acquired with no background provided, and we cannot locate much information about any notable issue of these proof sheets. Perhaps they were issued as part of a large set of Dickens' works, or they could have been snatched by a former employee of Chapman and Hall? Regardless, the red cloth portfolio that houses them was produced no later than the 1920s or so, and bears some old soiling and staining to prove it. There is a modest applied paper label that simply reads " Charles Dickens Complete Set of 13 Proof Wrappers." Internally, laid in with the proofs is an engraving by Cruikshank of what looks to be a portrait of Dickens. A real curiosity that raises more questions than it answers. Regardless, certainly a set of 19th-century "avant la lettre" proofs of Dickens covers, which evoke the most attractive issues of his published works. [Attributes: Soft Cover]
Bookseller: Cleveland Book Company, IOBA [Lakewood, OH, U.S.A.]

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