Cedar Rapids, Iowa: Privately Printed [The Torch Press], 1908. | Christie's" /> [AMERICAN NOTES]. -- DICKENS, Charles. <I>Account of the Ball Given in Honor of Charles Dickens in New York City February 14, 1842 from the New York "Aurora" - Extra.</I> Cedar Rapids, Iowa: Privately Printed [The Torch Press], 1908. | Christie's
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    The William E. Self Family Collection Part I The Kenyon Starling Library Of Charles Dickens

    2 April 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

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    [AMERICAN NOTES]. -- DICKENS, Charles. Account of the Ball Given in Honor of Charles Dickens in New York City February 14, 1842 from the New York "Aurora" - Extra. Cedar Rapids, Iowa: Privately Printed [The Torch Press], 1908.

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    [AMERICAN NOTES]. -- DICKENS, Charles. Account of the Ball Given in Honor of Charles Dickens in New York City February 14, 1842 from the New York "Aurora" - Extra. Cedar Rapids, Iowa: Privately Printed [The Torch Press], 1908.

    8o (241 x 160 mm). Frontispiece portrait of Dickens. (Lightly browned.) Original linen backed grey paper boards, top edges gilt, others uncut and unopened (one or two tiny marks). Provenance: Kenyon Starling.

    LIMITED EDITION, one of 206 copies on Normandy vellum. Reprinting the invitation, proceedings of the committee and an account of the lavish ball held at the Park Theatre in Dickens' honor: "The doors of the Park theatre were thrown open at seven o'clock... the scene inside of the theatre displayed, was the most magnificent, taken altogether, that we have seen in many years. The grand saloon was lighted with a profusion of splendid chandeliers, and ornamented with the portraits of American presidents, pictures of Dickens, scenes from the works of Boz, and classic statues" (p. 37).


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