London: Chapman & Hall, 1881-1882.
"Ten copies (this is Number 3) of the Edition De-Luxe of the Chapman and Hall Dickens are specially bound in Ten Different Bindings and extra-illustrated by insertion of a series of original water color drawings, on Whatman paper, after Kyd and others. llustrated with 292 original watercolors by "Kyd" (Joseph Clayton Clarke, 1856-1937) and others, also with numerous colored and plain plates, mounted proofs, inserted parts, wrappers, etc. 60 vols. Large 8vo (10 x 7 inches). The Most Elaborate of the Chapman & Hall Editions de Luxe. Bound in full red morocco with elaborate gilt, the covers tooled with a floral motif with green morocco onlays, the spines similarly tooled and lettered in gilt with raised bands, gilt dentelles, red silk floral endpapers, all edges gilt. Very fine overall, the bindings with occasional darkened, one headcap rubbed, some leaves loose or pulled due to the heft of the volumes and insertions, the letter with folds and one split touching one word, ex-libris of Charles and Margaret Dyson to blanks Gimbel D90 (based on, limited to 1000). Item #346385
The letter, dated from Kent on 3 August 1842, is three pages on a bifolium, to Jonathan Chapman (1807-1848), at the time the 8th Mayor of Boston, signed by Dickens at the end and also on the address panel. Dickens describes the fishing village where he spent the summer and writes of his children. Having met Chapman in Boston, Dickens writes "I have decided on writing an account of my journeying in America...it will be published in a couple of volumes.
A sumptuous production. Each volume has anywhere from a few to up to a few dozen original watercolors by Kyd and a dozen color prints with two original watercolor by Thomas Onwhyn in the volumes that comprise the Pickwick Papers.
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