2 April 2008
DICKENS, Charles. The Two Apprentices. With a History of their Lazy Tour. Philadelphia: T.B. Peterson, 1857.
8o (241 x 150 mm). Printed in 2 columns, advertisments at end. Later green half morocco, original wrappers bound in. Provenance: Comte Alain de Suzannet (bookplate, his sale Sotheby's London, 22 November 1971, lot 117); Kenyon Starling (bookplate).
FIRST EDITION IN BOOK FORM. This volume includes: "The Lazy Tour of two idle Apprentices" written by Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins, it first appeared in the October number of Household Words, 1857; and "A Wife's Tale," written by Emily Jolly and published anonymously. In a letter to Emily Jolly dated 17 July 1855 Dickens wrote: "Your manuscript, entitled 'A Wife's Story,' has come under my own perusal within these last three or four days. I recognise in it such great merit and unusual promise, and I think it displays so much power and knowledge of the human heart, that I feel a strong interest in you as its writer." Yale/Gimbel B249.
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