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    Sale 5822

    Fine Printed Books & Manuscripts including the Works of Charles Dickens

    1 June 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 118

    DICKENS, Charles. Autograph letter signed to Lady Lucie Duff Gordon ('My Dear Lady Gordon'), Devonshire Terrace, 3 February 1846, four pages, 8vo (faint ink mark on opening leaf, remnant of paper hinge on final leaf).

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    DICKENS, Charles. Autograph letter signed to Lady Lucie Duff Gordon ('My Dear Lady Gordon'), Devonshire Terrace, 3 February 1846, four pages, 8vo (faint ink mark on opening leaf, remnant of paper hinge on final leaf).

    On Dickens's concern for the low rates paid to Lady Gordon by the Daily News offices in Paris ('I profit so much by your work that I cannot say I object to your being overworked. But I do very strongly object to your being underpaid, or living out of heart...') and his strong affection for her. Lady Gordon (1821-1869), travel writer and translator, was the model for the character Lady Jocelyn in George Meredith's Evan Warrington; Dickens often visited her household, 'a lively social centre for progressive thinkers' (ODNB).


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