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    Sale 5141

    Fine Printed Books & Manuscripts

    12 November 2007, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 148

    DICKENS, Charles (1812-1870). Autograph letter signed to 'my dear Olliffe', Champs Elysées, 'Sunday evening' [n.y.], an urgent plea from Dickens who is concerned about his nurse who has 'suddenly fallen ill in a strange way'; unable to make out the cause, he is grieved to trouble the doctor, but has felt impelled to send his coach with his letter to collect him, one page, 8vo; [together with] H.G. WELLS (1866-1946). Autograph letter signed to Mr Isaacs, 'Lynton', Mayburn Road, Woking, [n.d., 1895?], one page, 8vo (slight browning); and ENID BLYTON (1897-1968). Autograph letter signed to M: [Master] Pickles, Hotel Grosvenor, Swanage, Dorset (headed paper), July 17 '51, one page, 8vo.

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    DICKENS, Charles (1812-1870). Autograph letter signed to 'my dear Olliffe', Champs Elysées, 'Sunday evening' [n.y.], an urgent plea from Dickens who is concerned about his nurse who has 'suddenly fallen ill in a strange way'; unable to make out the cause, he is grieved to trouble the doctor, but has felt impelled to send his coach with his letter to collect him, one page, 8vo; [together with] H.G. WELLS (1866-1946). Autograph letter signed to Mr Isaacs, 'Lynton', Mayburn Road, Woking, [n.d., 1895?], one page, 8vo (slight browning); and ENID BLYTON (1897-1968). Autograph letter signed to M: [Master] Pickles, Hotel Grosvenor, Swanage, Dorset (headed paper), July 17 '51, one page, 8vo.

    It is probable that Dickens was writing to Sir Joseph Francis Olliffe (1808-1869), who had practised medicine in Paris since 1840 and became physician to the British Embassy in March 1852. A friend of the Count de Morny, Olliffe was appointed a knight of the Légion d'honneur in 1846. (2)


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