2 April 2008,
New York, Rockefeller Plaza
Price Realised USD 5,250
Estimate USD 2,000 - USD 3,000
DICKENS, Charles. The Mystery of Edwin Drood. London: Chapman and Hall, April-September 1870.
6 parts, 8o (220 x 143 mm). Engraved portrait of Dickens by J.H. Baker and vignette title-page and 12 engraved 13 plates by Samuel Luke Fildes. Original blue-green pictorial wrappers, uncut (some spines rebacked, a few repairs to wrappers); red cloth folding case. Provenance: Comte Alain de Suzannet (bookplate on folding case; his sale, Sotheby's London, 22 November 1971, lot 135); Kenyon Starling (bookplate).
FIRST EDITION IN ORIGINAL MONTHLY PARTS, the earliest issue of part 6 with the "eighteenpence" slip pasted over the one shilling price on the front wrapper. The "Edwin Drood Advertiser" is present in each part, as well as all of the inserted advertisements, including the "Cork Hats" slip in part 2, called for in Hatton & Cleaver. In addition, part 3 includes an avertisement for John F. Dunn (inserted in front) and "The Broadway" (inserted in back) not mentioned in Hatton & Cleaver. Eckel, pp.96-98; Hatton & Cleaver, pp.373-84; Queen's Quorum (note). .
[EDWIN DROOD]. -- MORFORD, John, attributed to. John Jasper's Secret: being a Narrative of Certain Events following and explaining "The Mystery of Edwin Drood." London: Printed by Wyman & Sons for Publishing Offices, October 1871-1872.
8 parts, 8o (225 x 140 mm). 20 wood-engraved plates. Original blue pictorial wrappers (some repairs to spines and wrappers, some minor soiling).
FIRST ENGLISH EDITION IN ORIGINAL MONTHLY PARTS, with most inserted advertisements called for in Sadleir. In addition, parts 7 and 8 include advertisements for Willcox and Gibbs Sewing Machines, inset along with the additional plates, not mentioned in Sadleir. Yale/Gimbel H330; Sadleir 705.
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