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    Sale 5822

    Fine Printed Books & Manuscripts including the Works of Charles Dickens

    1 June 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 121

    DICKENS, Charles. Autograph letter signed ('CD.') to Mark Lemon ('My dear Lemon'), Devonshire Terrace, 18 May 1849, 2 pages, 8vo (faint traces of adhesive on corners of blank verso).

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    DICKENS, Charles. Autograph letter signed ('CD.') to Mark Lemon ('My dear Lemon'), Devonshire Terrace, 18 May 1849, 2 pages, 8vo (faint traces of adhesive on corners of blank verso).

    Dickens writes to his close friend Mark Lemon (1809-1870), the playwright and a founder and first editor of Punch. He has returned to find Lemon's boy has brought him a note, and so promptly pens a reply ('I will keep the orthographical curiosity, to read while you read this'). It comprises arrangements for their imminent outing with John Forster, presumably to the Derby on 23 May; thinking their party too large for a barouche he asks Lemon if he thinks 'there is any other kind of conveyance... that would be at once comfortable and [?speedy]). Rather complicated arrangements continued the following day when Forster decided not to go (see Pilgrim Edition, The Letters of Charles Dickens, V, p.543).


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