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

    2 April 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 134

    DICKENS, Charles. The Story of Little Dombey. London: Bradbury & Evans, 1858.

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    DICKENS, Charles. The Story of Little Dombey. London: Bradbury & Evans, 1858.

    16o (172 x 110 mm). Half-title, one leaf of advertisements bound at end. Original green printed wrappers (a few repairs to spine, some chipping at spine ends, some very minor soiling); green cloth folding case. Provenance: Kenyon Starling (bookplate).

    "The reading edition," preceded by a privately printed reading edition, published by Bradbury & Evans to correspond with the first of Dickens's public reading tours. Dickens abridged the text himself from the original novel and practiced reading it hundreds of times in order to perfect his intonations and voices. First read in London on 10 June 1858, The Story of Little Dombey remained in his repertoire for the rest of his reading career due to its enormous popularity. The comedy of the earlier scenes and the intense sorrow at the end of the story made it irresistible to audiences, and Dickens himself wrote on 10 October 1858 that The Story of Little Dombey "... is our greatest triumph everywhere." Eckel, p.215; Yale/Gimbel F18 (a copy of the private reading edition with manuscript revisions by Dickens); Suzannet Treasures 63.

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