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    Sale 1981

    The William E. Self Family Collection Part I The Kenyon Starling Library Of Charles Dickens

    2 April 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 80

    DICKENS, Charles. Barnaby Rudge; A Tale of the Riots of 'Eighty. London: [Bradbury and Evans for] Chapman and Hall, 1841.

    Price Realised  

    DICKENS, Charles. Barnaby Rudge; A Tale of the Riots of 'Eighty. London: [Bradbury and Evans for] Chapman and Hall, 1841.

    Quired in 6s (252 x 156 mm). Illustrations in text by George Cattermole and Hablot K. Browne ["Phiz"]. (Some occasional pale spotting.) PUBLISHER'S PRESENTATION BINDING OF FULL POLISHED CALF, gilt-ruled on covers, gilt-decorated on spine, green and red morocco lettering pieces, edges gilt, ink stamp of Chapman and Hall on front free endpaper and of the binder Hayday on rear free endpaper (some minor scuffing and rubbing).

    Provenance: SIR THOMAS NOON TALFOURD (1795-1854), writer, judge, politician, M.P. from Reading and close friend of Dickens (presentation inscription from the author); William Wright, celebrated collector of Dickens who owned a copy of the Pickwick Papers with the first fourteen parts inscribed by Dickens to his sister-in-law, Mary Hogarth (his sale Sotheby's 12 June 1899); De Witt Miller, Forest Glen, Maryland (inscription on rear free endpaper); Paul Lemperly (1858-1939), Cleveland, Ohio collector (bookplate; inscribed "Merry Christmas, Dear Jake, from Yours, 1902." Not in his sale at Parke-Bernet, 4 January 1940; another copy inscribed to Frederick Salmon was included); Frank Hogan (1877-1944, bookplate; his sale Parke-Bernet, 24 April 1945, lot 217); The Rosenbach Collection (slip laid-in); Lewis A. Hird (his sale Parke-Bernet, 17 November 1953, lot 7); Kenyon Starling (bookplate).

    THE TALFOURD-WRIGHT-LEMPERLY-HOGAN-STARLING COPY OF THE FIRST SEPARATE EDITION. PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED BY DICKENS TO SIR THOMAS NOON TALFOURD on the title: "M. Serjeant Talfourd From his friend Charles Dickens Twenty-Ninth December 1841."

    AN OUTSTANDING ASSOCIATION COPY: inscribed by Dickens to his close friend, Sir Thomas Noon Talfourd, to whom the Pickwick Papers was dedicated. In 1833, Talfourd accepted the post of sarjeant-at-law and quickly became a prominent member of the Oxford circuit and of London society, noted for his dinner parties and the exceptional guests who would attend at his home in 56 Russell Square, London. The dinners that he and his wife hosted included regular guests Douglas William Jerrold, William Makepeace Thackeray, William Charles Macready, Daniel Maclise, John Forster, and Talfourd's old friend from Reading, Mary Russell Mitford. Dickens was particularly fond of Talfourd, modeling the character of the idealistic Tommy Traddles in David Copperfield after him. Dickens wrote of him: "If there ever was a house where every art was honoured for its own sake, and where every visitor was received for his own claims and merits, that house was his rendering all legitimate deference to rank and riches, there never was a man more composedly, unaffectedly, quietly, immovable by such considerations... On the other hand, nothing would have astonished him so much as the suggestion that he was anyone's patron" (Dickens, "The late Mr Justice Talfourd," Household Words, 25 March 1854, p.117).

    In 1837, encouraged by Wordsworth, Talfourd delivered a celebrated speech introducing the Copyright Act. Dickens applauded this act by dedicating the Pickwick Papers to him in 1837 (see lot 17 for the copy of the Pickwick Papers with an address panel addressed to Talfourd). Talfourd is perhaps best-remembered for his poetic tragedy, Ion, written after he was elected to Parliament. "He had circulated the play privately to influential individuals, including Wordsworth, Robert Southey, and Gladstone, which ensured that the theatre was packed with the most distinguished audience contemporary reviewers could remember, including Dickens, Robert Browning, Walter Savage Landor, Pitt, Melbourne, Lord Chief Justice Denman, Lord Grey, and Lady Blessington. Ion caused a sensation and remained popular for many years" (ONB).

    Barnaby Rudge is, like The Old Curiosity Shop, a separate publication of a portion of Master Humphrey's Clock, printed from the stereotype plates of that book. It was first published on December 15, 1841, two weeks before Dickens's inscription to Talfourd. Smith I:6B; Yale/Gimbel A62.


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