. [London: 1870]." /> [GAD'S HILL PLACE]. <I>Higham, near Rochester. Kent. A very valuable and beautiful freehold property known as "Gadshill Place," for many years the favorite abode of Charles Dickens ... which will be sold by auction by Messrs. Norton, Trist, Watney and Co. ... 5th of August 1870 ... in two lots</I>. [London: 1870].|
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    Sale 5822

    Fine Printed Books & Manuscripts including the Works of Charles Dickens

    1 June 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 145

    [GAD'S HILL PLACE]. Higham, near Rochester. Kent. A very valuable and beautiful freehold property known as "Gadshill Place," for many years the favorite abode of Charles Dickens ... which will be sold by auction by Messrs. Norton, Trist, Watney and Co. ... 5th of August 1870 ... in two lots. [London: 1870].

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    [GAD'S HILL PLACE]. Higham, near Rochester. Kent. A very valuable and beautiful freehold property known as "Gadshill Place," for many years the favorite abode of Charles Dickens ... which will be sold by auction by Messrs. Norton, Trist, Watney and Co. ... 5th of August 1870 ... in two lots. [London: 1870].

    2° (434 x 275 mm). 7[1]p. 2 tinted lithographic views, 2 folding hand-coloured lithographic plans. (A few edge tears and repairs, one plan slightly soiled at margin.) 20th-century half vellum, original wrappers bound in (wrappers stained and restored). Provenance: Comte Alain de Suzannet (bookplate; his sale Sotheby's, 22 November 1971, lot 148) -- William E. Self (his sale, Christie's New York, 2 April 2008, lot 192).

    THE VERY RARE AUCTION CATALOGUE OF GAD'S HILL PLACE, with views of the house from North and South and a vignette of Dickens's "chalet" on the front wrapper. Having admired the house on the hilltop between Gravesend and Rochester as a boy, his purchase of Gad's Hill for £1,790 in 1856 was striking evidence of the social status he had achieved with no resources other than indomitable energy, great entrepreneurial flair and a very marketable talent. In 1860 he moved in and lived there for a decade until his death in 1870.


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