London, South Kensington
13 November 2008
DICKENS, Charles (1812-1870). Autograph letter signed ('Charles Dickens') to the Hon. Mrs Herbert, Broadstairs, 24 September 1850, 'I am very sorry to say that my Vote is promised for the next Election, but I shall be happy to place it at your disposal for the following one', one page, 8vo, window mounted, tipped into The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club. London: Chapman and Hall, 1837. 8° (210 x 130mm). Etched frontispiece, title and 39 etched plates only (of 40, text lightly browned, plates spotted). Contemporary green calf gilt (worn, extremities quite rubbed). FIRST EDITION. Podeschi A13.
The recipient is the society beauty Elizabeth Herbert (?1821-1911), wife of the politician Sidney Herbert, later 1st Baron Herbert of Lea.
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