Provenance: Kenyon Starling (bookplate) -- William E. Self (bookplate; his sale, Christie's New York, 2 April 2008, lot 175)." /> COLLINS, Wilkie (1824-1889) [and Charles DICKENS]. <I>The Frozen Deep. A Drama in Three Acts</I>. London: "not published", 1866. 8° (162 x 102 mm). (Light creasemarks.) Original printed wrappers (slight wear to spine and corners, lightly soiled); modern folding cloth case. <I>Provenance</I>: Kenyon Starling (bookplate) -- William E. Self (bookplate; his sale, Christie's New York, 2 April 2008, lot 175).|
  • Fine Printed Books, Manuscript auction at Christies

    Sale 5829

    Fine Printed Books, Manuscripts, Traditional Sports

    23 November 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 206

    COLLINS, Wilkie (1824-1889) [and Charles DICKENS]. The Frozen Deep. A Drama in Three Acts. London: "not published", 1866. 8° (162 x 102 mm). (Light creasemarks.) Original printed wrappers (slight wear to spine and corners, lightly soiled); modern folding cloth case. Provenance: Kenyon Starling (bookplate) -- William E. Self (bookplate; his sale, Christie's New York, 2 April 2008, lot 175).

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    COLLINS, Wilkie (1824-1889) [and Charles DICKENS]. The Frozen Deep. A Drama in Three Acts. London: "not published", 1866. 8° (162 x 102 mm). (Light creasemarks.) Original printed wrappers (slight wear to spine and corners, lightly soiled); modern folding cloth case. Provenance: Kenyon Starling (bookplate) -- William E. Self (bookplate; his sale, Christie's New York, 2 April 2008, lot 175).

    FIRST EDITION of this melodrama about Franklin's expedition to discover the North-West passage. Collins wrote it in 1856. Dickens made revisions, cast and stage-managed the play for its first performance at Tavistock House in January 1857. The aim was to benefit the family of his friend, Douglas Jerrold, who had just died. Part of the plot, involving a character who dies saving his rival for the heroine's sake, had a profound influence on A Tale of Two Cities. In 1866, Collins made further revisions for another production which resulted in this printing. Eckel p. 166; Gimbel H104. (2)


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    Please note that the spine has a small chip at the base, and that the photograph is not of Dickens, but of Wilkie Collins' brother, Charles.