• Fine Printed Books, Manuscript auction at Christies

    Sale 5829

    Fine Printed Books, Manuscripts, Traditional Sports

    23 November 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 202

    DICKENS, Charles. A Curious Dance round a Curious Tree. [London: St. Luke's Hospital, 1860]. 8° (178 x 112mm). (Light foldmark.) Later green morocco gilt by Zaehnsdorf, original purple printed wrappers bound in. Provenance: "St. Luke - Hospital//Old Street" (contemporary inscription on wrapper) -- Charles Plumptre Johnson (bookplate).

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    DICKENS, Charles. A Curious Dance round a Curious Tree. [London: St. Luke's Hospital, 1860]. 8° (178 x 112mm). (Light foldmark.) Later green morocco gilt by Zaehnsdorf, original purple printed wrappers bound in. Provenance: "St. Luke - Hospital//Old Street" (contemporary inscription on wrapper) -- Charles Plumptre Johnson (bookplate).

    FIRST SEPARATE EDITION, FIRST ISSUE, VERY PROBABLY THE HOSPITAL'S OWN COPY. Dickens's account of his visit to St. Luke's Hospital on Christmas Eve first appeared in Household Words 17 January, 1852. This pamphlet was later published with his consent as a means of raising funds for the hospital. A PARTICULARLY FINE ASSOCIATION COPY. Eckel pp. 188-191; Gimbel B216.


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