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2 April 2008
DICKENS, Charles. "To Be Read at Dusk." In: The Keepsake. Edited by Miss Power. London: David Bogue, .
8o (237 x 163 mm). Engraved frontispiece and eleven plates "under the superintendence of" Frederick A. Heath, with tissue guards (One or two spots, lightly browned.) Original pink morocco-grained cloth, covers and spine elaborately decorated and lettered in gilt, all edges gilt (extremities bumped and a bit rubbed, gently tilted, but BRIGHT AND ATTRACTIVE). Provenance: Comte Alain de Suzannet (bookplate; his sale Sotheby's London, 22 November 1971, part lot 57); Kenyon Starling (bookplate).
FIRST EDITION. The first appearance of Dickens's mysterious tale of vanishing brides and premonitions of death, in this fashionable annual edited by Dickens' dear friend the Countess Blessington from 1841, and subsequently by her niece Marguerite Power between 1851 and 1857. To Be Read at Dusk was first published separately in about 1891 by the forger Thomas J. Wise with a misleading imprint dated 1852, and in a collected edition To be Read at Dusk and Other Stories, Sketches and Essays edited by Kitton in 1898. Gimbel/Yale E120.
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