Old Brompton: Printed for the Author, 1901. " /> [PICKWICK PAPERS]. SEYMOUR, Mrs. [Robert]. <I>An Account of the Origin of the "Pickwick Papers".</I> Old Brompton: Printed for the Author, 1901. |
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    [PICKWICK PAPERS]. SEYMOUR, Mrs. [Robert]. An Account of the Origin of the "Pickwick Papers". Old Brompton: Printed for the Author, 1901.

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    [PICKWICK PAPERS]. SEYMOUR, Mrs. [Robert]. An Account of the Origin of the "Pickwick Papers". Old Brompton: Printed for the Author, 1901.
    8o (213 x 170 mm). (Lightly browned, preliminaries a bit spotted.) Original green beveled buckram, gilt, uncut (extremities just touched, minor bubbling, endleaves browned). Provenance: Sir William Hesketh Lever, original subscriber (bookplates); Baron Leverhulme (bookplate); Noel Charles Peyrouton, Associate editor of the Pilgrim Edition of Dickens' Letters (bookplate).

    LIMITED EDITION number 13 of 50 copies, signed by F.G. Kitton for subscribers only. Reprinting Robert Seymour's widow's account of her husband's role in the origin of the Pickwick Papers first published circa November 1854: "Mrs. Seymour was obviously a person with a grievance -- a grievance which, as time progressed, assumed a magnitude altogether disproportionate to the slight foundation of fact upon which it was based. Making due allowance for wifely admiration of a talented husband, there can be no doubt that Mrs. Seymour greatly exaggerated the importance of the Artist's share in the conception of the Pickwick Papers, and allowed her troubles so to prey upon her mind until at length she actually believed her defamatory accusations to be true" (Preface). Also including Dickens's own account of the origin of Pickwick, Mrs. Seymour's response and other related material.

    [With:] A Review of Oliver Twist. In: The Quarterly Review. [London: John Murray, June 1839]. Pp. 83 - 102 only. (Lightly browned, extracted from a bound volume.) "Boz is a truly national author -- English to the backbone... Life in London, as revealed in the pages of Boz opens a new world to thousands bred and born in the same city, whose palaces overshadow their cellars -- for the one half of mankind lives without knowing how the other half dies..." (2)


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