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    Sale 5141

    Fine Printed Books & Manuscripts

    12 November 2007, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 154

    DICKENS, Charles (1812-1870). Autograph letter signed to T[imothy] Yeats Brown, 'Office of Household Words', 19 August 1857, one page, large 8vo. Provenance: Timothy Yeats Brown (b.1789), Consul-general at Genoa -- his son, Montagu (1834-1921); presented to his wife, Agnes, née Bellingham.

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    DICKENS, Charles (1812-1870). Autograph letter signed to T[imothy] Yeats Brown, 'Office of Household Words', 19 August 1857, one page, large 8vo. Provenance: Timothy Yeats Brown (b.1789), Consul-general at Genoa -- his son, Montagu (1834-1921); presented to his wife, Agnes, née Bellingham.

    'All the world knows about Albert Smith'. Dickens writes fondly of his 'intimate friend', of his 'Mont Blanc' fame: 'innumerable people who know nothing of Mont Blanc itself, perhaps know more about it of him than they have ever known of their own fathers and mothers'. Out of great regard for Smith, who is passing through Genoa, Dickens provides him with a letter of introduction and asks that the Yeats Browns be good to him.

    Albert Richard Smith (1816-1860), entertainer, author and mountaineer, climbed Mont Blanc in 1851, later producing a descriptive entertainment at the Egyptian Hall, titled 'Mont Blanc'. He adapted some of Dickens' works for the stage, and planned his readings in 1858.


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