London, South Kensington
1 June 2009
DICKENS, Charles. Autograph letter signed to Joseph Langford, Tavistock House, 18 January 1858, one page, on a bifolium, 8vo (very slightly browned at vertical fold, faint marginal smudge).
HIGH PRAISE FOR GEORGE ELIOT: 'Will you - by such round about ways and methods as may present themselves - convey this note of thanks to the author of Scenes of Clerical Life: whose two first stories I can never say enough of, I think them so truly admirable.' Writing to Joseph Langford of Blackwood & Sons, Dickens continues '...if those two volumes, or a part of them, were not written by a woman - then should I begin to believe that I am a woman myself!'. Marian Evans ('George Eliot' 1819-1890) had asked John Blackwood to send copies of Scenes to Dickens, Thackeray, Tennyson, Ruskin, Faraday, Albert Smith, Mrs Carlyle and Arthur Helps (Ed. Gordon S. Haight, The George Eliot letters, II, 418). Dickens also wrote directly to 'Mr Eliot' on 18 January (see British Library, Add 41667) expressing his great admiration. Eliot sent a reply via the publishers ('the iron mask of my incognito seems quite painful in forbidding me to tell Dickens how thoroughly his generous impulse has been appreciated').
Contact Client Service
New York +1 212 636 2000
London +44 (0)20 7839 9060
Asia +852 2760 1766
No VAT will be charged on the hammer price, but VAT at 15% will be added to the buyer's premium which is invoiced on a VAT inclusive basis.
The Plantin Polyglot bible — offered on 11 July — makes an emotional homecoming to the Antwerp printing press where it was produced some 450 years ago
Marianne Ihlen inspired some of the Canadian poet and musician’s greatest work. A selection of his gifts to her are offered in Valuable Books & Manuscripts on 11 July
What leading art, technology and finance specialists said at the inaugural Art +Tech Summit at Christie’s in London
From Connecticut to Kent in southeast England, homes with links to such classic works as Desire under the Elms, Lord of the Flies and The Deep Blue Sea