• The William E. Self Library, I auction at Christies

    Sale 2153

    The William E. Self Library, Important English and American Literature

    4 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 101

    [DICKENS FORGERY]. DICKENS, Charles. To Be Read at Dusk. London: G. Barclay, 1852 [but ca 1891].

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    [DICKENS FORGERY]. DICKENS, Charles. To Be Read at Dusk. London: G. Barclay, 1852 [but ca 1891].

    8o (225 x 146 mm). 19 pages. Self wrappers; green morocco gilt pull-off case. Provenance: Alain de Suzannet (bookplate; his sale 22 November 1971, lot 106).

    A scarce Wise forgery of Dickens's mysterious tale of vanishing brides and premonitions of death. It was originally published in The Keepsake (1852), the fashionable annual edited by Dickens' dear friend the Countess Blessington from 1841, and subsequently by her niece Marguerite Power between 1851 and 1857. To Be Read at Dusk was first published separately in about 1891 by the forger Thomas J. Wise with a misleading imprint dated 1852, and in a collected edition To be Read at Dusk and Other Stories, Sketches and Essays edited by Kitton in 1898. Gimbel/Yale E120.


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