DICKENS, Charles, Readings. -- FIELD, Mary Katherine ["Kate"] Kemble (1838-1896). Pen Photographs of Charles Dickens's Readings. Taken from Life. Boston: James R. Osgood and Company, 1871.
8o (184 x 112 mm). Engraved frontispiece portrait of Dickens and ten plates (lightly browned). (Lightly browned.) Modern half red morocco gilt. Provenance: Chas. E. Fitch (presentation inscriptions from the author dated 1871 and 1894); Kenyon Starling.
"A CERTAIN BRIGHT FRESH FACE I HAVE SEEN AT MY READINGS" (Dickens, Letter to Kate Field 3 January 1868)
New and enlarged edition, first published in Boston in 1868. PRESENTATION COPY INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR on the recto of the first blank: "Chas E. Fitch, March 1871. From the author", and again on the recto of the second blank: "I owe to Charles Dickens twenty-five of the most delightful and most instructive evenings of my life. Kate Field. Washington. Jan 1. 1894." Described by the New York Times in her obituary as: "The famed and versatile Litterateur, Actress, Dramatic Critic, Author, Newspaper Woman, Lecturer, and Garb Authority", Kate Field was the most prominent woman journalist in the U.S. of her day and one of the first women to contribute to the Atlantic Monthly. She was close friend to the Brownings, the Trollopes and particularly Walter Savage Landor, and the model for the character of Henrietta Stackpole in Henry James' novel A Portrait of a Lady. She attended Dickens' American readings devotedly and recounts the evenings here in lively detail. Yale/Gimbel H172.
[With:] Seven other editions of Dickens's Readings.
The Story of Little Dombey [and] Bardell and Pickwick as Condensed by Himself, for his Readings. Boston and New York: Ticknor and Fields, 1868. 8o. 2 plates by S. Eytinge, Jr. (one or two spots). (Lightly browned.) Original blue printed wrappers (one or two tiny marks); quarter blue morocco gilt folding box. Provenance: Kenyon Starling. A FINE COPY. Yale/Gimbel D53. -- Doctor Marigold. [and] Boots at the Holly-Tree Inn. Boston and New York, 1868. 8o. Frontispiece by S. Eytinge, Jr. (lightly browned). (Lightly browned.) Original blue printed wrappers (unevenly browned, lower edge of back wrapper chipped with loss). -- A Christmas Carol [and] The Trial from Pickwick. Boston and New York: Ticknor and Fields, 1868. 8o. 2 plates by S. Eytinge, Jr. (browned). Original blue printed wrappers (backstrip renewed, front wrapper detached, edges chipped and creased). Yale/Gimbel D43. -- Sikes and Nancy. A Reading...Reprinted from the copy of the privately printed edition, formerly in the Collection of Sir Henry Irving. With an introduction by John Harrsion Stonehouse. London: Henry Sotheran & Co., 1921. 4o. Frontispiece. Original blue paper boards, printed paper label on the spine, uncut (spine lightly browned). Provenance: Kenyon Starling (bookplate). LIMITED EDITION, number 204 of 250 numbered copies, signed by Stonehouse, of a total edition of 275. A FINE COPY. Yale/Gimbel B56. -- Readings from the Works of Charles Dickens as Arranged and Read by Himself. With an introduction by John Hollingshead. London: Chapman & Hall, Ltd., 1907. 8o. Frontispiece. (Lightly browned.) Original green cloth (extremities bumped, spine browned). Provenance: Gift inscription dated 1831. FIRST EDITION. Yale/Gimbel D159. -- A Christmas Carol. The Public Reading Version. A Facsimile of the Author's Prompt-Copy. Introduction and notes by Philip Collins. The New York Public Library, 1971. 8o. Original scarlet open-weave buckram, gilt. Dust jacket (lightly browned at the extremities). - KENT, Charles. Charles Dickens. As a Reader. London: Chapman & Hall, 1872. 8o. (Lightly browned.) Original green cloth, covers decorated in black, spine gilt (extremities scuffed, endpapers lightly stained). Provenance: Misses Home (gift inscription from Mrs Henry Willett, dated May 1891). (8)