• Fine Printed Books, Manuscript auction at Christies

    Sale 5829

    Fine Printed Books, Manuscripts, Traditional Sports

    23 November 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 190

    DICKENS, Charles. The Village Coquettes: A Comic Opera. London: Richard Bentley, 1836. 8° (227 x 140mm). Unbound, unopened sheets in five quires. (Some spotting, particularly to title and final leaf.) Blue half morocco slipcase, spine gilt. Provenance: Eric S. Quayle (booklate) -- [Bernard Quaritch (pasted in catalogue entry dated April 1965)] -- Victor B. Levit (bookplate).

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    DICKENS, Charles. The Village Coquettes: A Comic Opera. London: Richard Bentley, 1836. 8° (227 x 140mm). Unbound, unopened sheets in five quires. (Some spotting, particularly to title and final leaf.) Blue half morocco slipcase, spine gilt. Provenance: Eric S. Quayle (booklate) -- [Bernard Quaritch (pasted in catalogue entry dated April 1965)] -- Victor B. Levit (bookplate).

    FIRST EDITION. UNOPENED COPY OF THE SHEETS in attractive morocco slipcase. John Pyke Hullah (1812-1884), who composed the music for this sentimental comic opera in two acts, had been a fellow student of Dickens's sister, Fanny, at the Royal Academy of Music. The dedicatee, John Pritt Harley, a popular comic actor and singer, played the lead part when the production opened at the St. James's Theatre, 6 December 1836. Even though it was produced afterwards, the publication date of this opera preceded The Strange Gentleman; it was never in any collected edition of the author's works. Eckel pp. 157-158; Gimbel A25.


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