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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 179

    [NO THOROUGHFARE]. -- LEQUEL, Louis. Identity or No Thoroughfare... Dramatized from the Christmas Story of Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins. New York: Samuel French, [ca 1868].

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    [NO THOROUGHFARE]. -- LEQUEL, Louis. Identity or No Thoroughfare... Dramatized from the Christmas Story of Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins. New York: Samuel French, [ca 1868].

    8o (187 x 115 mm). Original orange printed wrappers (some minor chipping along spine); red cloth chemise and slipcase. Provenance: Kenyon Starling (bookplate).

    A dramatized edition, number 348 of French's Standard Drama, of Collins's and Dickens's original story published in December 1867 as one of the Christmas numbers in All the Year Round. Collins adapted the story for the stage during Dickens's absence in America, and the play was first performed at the Adelphi Theatre on 26 December 1867, successfully running for 200 performances. The plotline centers around two boys from the Foundling Hospital who are given the same name, and mystery, concealed identities, and disasterous cosequences result. Yale/Gimbel C154.

    [With:]

    [NO THOROUGHFARE]. -- DICKENS, Charles and Wilkie COLLINS. The Dickens-Collins Christmas Stories Comprising No Thoroughfare and The Two Idle Apprentices. Boston: William F. Gill & Company, 1876.

    8o (185 x 125 mm). Frontispiece plates. Original green cloth, gilt-decorated on front cover, spine gilt (some rubbing and light wear, front hinge weak, front free endpaper, flyleaf and frontispiece loose in textblock). Provenance: P. Percy Warren (ownership signature on front flyleaf).

    FIRST COLLECTED EDITION of stories written by Collins and Dickens. The Lazy Tour first appeared in Household Words in October 1857 and No Thoroughfare first appeared in All the Year Round in December 1867. Yale/Gimbel D75.

    [With:]

    DICKENS, Charles and Wilkie COLLINS. The Lazy Tour of the Two Idle Apprentices. No Thoroughfare. The Perils of Certain English Prisoners. London: Chapman and Hall, 1890.

    8o (207 x 140 mm). 8 plates. Original blue cloth, spine gilt, uncut (some rubbing and light wear, front hinge starting). Provenance: Noel Charles Peyrouton (bookplate); Kenyon Starling (bookplate). Yale/Gimbel D125. (3)


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