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The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby
London: Chapman and Hall, 1839 First edition in book form, with an authorial inscription "Tuesday Twenty Ninth June 1869. Faithfully yours, Charles Dickens" ending with his characteristic swirled underline, on a slip of Gads Hill Place letterhead tipped to the front free endpaper. From the library of William Brodie (1799-1873), 22nd Thane and Chief of Clan Brodie, of Brodie Castle in Morayshire, with his armorial bookplate to the front pastedown and his gilt crest at the head of the spine. brAs the letterhead indicates, Dickens was back at home in June 1869, recuperating from various ailments exacerbated by his constant reading tours. Having only just returned from a reading tour in Ireland in January and against the advice of friends, Dickens traveled north to Edinburgh in February 1869, however, having only been in the city two days before he felt it necessary to consult Professor James Syme, the celebrated surgeon. He ignored Syme's advice to rest and continued to Glasgow, before returning to London, then back to more readings in Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool, Leeds, Blackburn, and Preston, a frantic schedule which led to an enforced summer rest.brThe likeliest explanation for the presence of the inscription in this volume is that Dickens had met Brodie during his Scottish sojourn earlier that year, either in Edinburgh or Glasgow, and sent him the inscription to insert into his book when he was at leisure to do so. Among all Dickens's novels, Nicholas Nickleby may have especially amused Brodie by the appearance in the book of his near namesake, John Browdie. by Brodie was a Scottish aristocrat who had inherited his titles and castle on the death of his grandfather James in 1824; he subsequently engaged the prolific architect William Burn to enlarge Brodie Castle. He also succeeded his grandfather as Lord Lieutenant of Nairn, the British monarch's personal representative in that county. Books from the library at Brodie were sold at Sotheby's 1819 December 1962, 12 July 1971, 2 October 1978, and 18 December 1978. A manuscript catalog of the library is in the National Library of Scotland.brDickens had some family connections in Scotland: he had married Catherine, eldest daughter of the respected Scottish journalist and man of letters, George Hogarth (although they separated in May 1858).
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