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A WEEK'S TRAMP In DICKENS-LAND. Together with Personal Reminiscences of the 'Inimitable Boz' Therein Collected. `
London:: Chapman & Hall,. 1891.. 8vo. 1st edition. An extra-illustrated copy of the special 1/20 limited edition [#8]. This copy with a SPECIAL INSCRIBED PRESENTION from the author to Dickens' publisher, Frederick Chapman. One volume bound into 2: xx, 160; [161] - 432 pp (including Index). Tipped in on fly leaf of Vol I, a 12-page booklet titled "An Interesting Dickens Collection", of which only 100 copies were printed on June 9th, 1887. Holograph title page in V. 2 facing an engraved frontispiece portrait of a young Charles Dickens.. Gilt-stamped & decorated fine, full green morocco bindings, with gilt stamping. AEG. Marbled endpapers. Splendid bindings signed by the prestigious Guild of Women-Binders. Each volume is housed in a purple cloth chemise within a matching half brown morocco over purple cloth slipcase, with gilt stamped title lettering to spine.. Volumes - Minor wear. Nr Fine. Chemises & slipcases - VG, showing. some sunning, scuffs & moderate wear.. About 20 years after the death of Dickens, the author and his friend & fellow Dickensian, Mr. F. G. Kitton, decided to find and visit the real- life settings for the scenes in Dickens's novels and stories. Following their trip, Chapman & Hall published this limited edition in 20 copies with more than a hundred in-text illustrations showing these venues, with five extra illustrations including two matte collodion portrait photographs of the author and Mr. Kitton. Our copy is additionally extra adorned with 7 authograph letters by George Augustus Sala (2), Douglas Jerrold (3), George Hogarth (4), Dante G. Rossetti (5) (referring to Mr. Swinburne's affairs), Charles Roach Smith (6), Mark Lemon (7), and John Ruskin (8); and also includes an authograph and signed carte de visite by Rev. Dr. Wordsworth (9), bishop of Lincoln. (1) The Guild of Women- Binders was founded by Frank Karslake (who also founded The Hampstead Bindery) in 1898. It operated until 1904 as a loosely-knit federation of women binders from such groups as the Edinburgh Social Union, the Kirkby Lonsdale Handicraft Class, the Chiswick Art Workers' Guild, and Miss Bassett's Leighton Buzzard Handicraft Class for crippled girls, among others. Some of the more outstanding women binders represented by the Guild included Miss Constance Karslake, Miss Edith de Rheims, Florence de Rheims, Miss Helen Schofield, Mrs. Frances Knight, Mrs. Macdonald, Miss Lilian Overton, Miss Gaskell and Miss Edwards. The Guild, together with its counterpart, The Hampstead Bindery, published "The Bookbindings of To- morrow" in 1902, and held both exhibitions and sales of their bindings at Sotheby's. (2) George Augustus Sala was a renown British journalist. In 1851 Charles Dickens accepted his article, "The Key of the Street," for his journal, Household Words. This was the first of many articles that Dickens published over the next few years. In April, 1856, Dickens sent Sala to Russia as the journal's special correspondent. Sala also contributed to the author's next venture, "All the Year Round." (3) Douglas William Jerrold was an English dramatist and writer. He founded and edited for some time, with indifferent success, the Illuminated Magazine, Jerrold's Shilling Magazine, and Douglas Jerrold's Weekly Newspaper; and under his editorship Lloyd's Weekly Newspaper rose from almost nonentity to a circulation of 582,000. The history of his later years is little more than a catalogue of his literary productions, interrupted now and again by brief visits to the Continent or to the country. Douglas Jerrold died at his house, Kilburn Priory, in London on the 8 June 1857 and was buried at West Norwood Cemetery, where Charles Dickens was a pall-bearer. Dickens gave a public reading to raise money for Jerrold's widow. (4) George Hogarth was a Scottish newspaper editor, music critic, and musicologist. He authored several books on opera and Victorian musical life in addition to contributing articles to various publications. From 1846Ð1866 he worked as a music critic for The Daily News, a paper which was founded by Charles Dickens. He had previously met Dickens in 1834 while they were both working for the Morning Chronicle. In 1836 Dickens married Hogarth's eldest daughter Catherine. One of his younger daughters, Georgina, was Dickens' housekeeper, adviser, and, after Dickens' death, the editor of "The Letters of Charles Dickens from 1833 To 1870." (5) Dante Gabriel Rossetti was an English poet, illustrator, painter and translator. He founded the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood in 1848 with William Holman Hunt and John Everett Millais, and was later to be the main inspiration for a second generation of artists and writers influenced by the movement, most notably William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones. His work also influenced the European Symbolists and was a major precursor of the Aesthetic movement. (6) Charles Roach Smith was an English antiquarian & amateur archaeologist who was elected a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London, and the London Numismatic Society. He was a founding member of the British Archaeological Association. Roach Smith pioneered the statistical study of Roman coin hoards. (7) Mark Lemon was founding editor of both Punch & The Field. Lemon was also an actor of ability, a pleasing lecturer and a successful impersonator of Shakespearian characters. He played in the 1851 production of 'Not So Bad As We Seem,' a play written by Edward Bulwer and featuring many notable Victorians (including Dickens). (8) John Ruskin was an English critic of art, architecture, & society. He was also a gifted painter, a distinctive prose stylist, and an important example of the Victorian Sage, or Prophet: a writer of polemical prose who seeks to cause widespread cultural and social change. John Ruskin came to the rescue of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and countered Dickens' dreadful review of Millais' painting 'Christ in the House of His Parents' by defending the young artist. (9) Christopher Wordsworth was an English bishop and man of letters. . Color frontispiece. Published with 100+ illustrations by Kitton, et al. Letter facsimiles. This 1/20 limited copy with 5 additional inserted plates & facsimiles. Also, extra-illustrated for presentation, including 130+ additional plates, many of them india proofs, along with steel plate engravings & etchings [16 hand-colored, 3 in sepia tone], some folding. Additionally, inserted on mounts are 7 ALs letters [see below], as well as a signed CDV of Rev. Dr. Wordsworth, Bishop of Lincoln.
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