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Charles Dickens Third-person Autograph Letter Signed

Third-person ALS, signed within the text, one page, 4.5 x 4.5, personal Gads Hill Place letterhead, May 29, 1866. Letter to Mr. Barker, in part: “Mr. Charles Dickens presents his compliments to Mr. Barker, and begs to say (in reply to Mr. Barker’s note of enquiry) that he believes he has never seen the picture in question.” Double-matted and framed with a photo of Dickens writing at his desk to an overall size of 16 x 11. In fine condition, with a few light surface creases and trimmed edges. After separating from his wife Catherine in 1858, Dickens undertook an immensely popular and lucrative reading tour that would absorb most of his creative energies for the next decade; his lone output during the year of this letter was a collaborative set of short Christmas stories which includes the famous ghost story The Signal-Man, a story likely based on the Clayton Tunnel rail crash of 1861. A particularly clean and bold example of the famed English novelist’s penmanship. Pre-certified PSA/DNA.

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RR Auctions Charles Dickens Crisp Ink Signature and Inscription

RR Auctions Charles DickensCrisp ink signature and inscription, “Saturday, Sixth July, 1861, Thomas Carlyle from Charles Dickens,” on a light gray 4.5 x 4 trimmed sheet of Gad’s Hill Place stationery. Sheet is affixed to an identical size sheet. In fine condition. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

 

 

 

 

 

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RR Auctions Charles Dickens Original Unsigned Personal Calling Card

RR Auctions Charles DickensOriginal unsigned personal calling card bearing Dickens’s name and Gad’s Hill Place address, 3 x 1.5, with Dickens adding his current address in blue ink, “5 Hyde Park Place, W., till the 1st June.” Scattered overall soiling and light mounting remnants to the reverse, otherwise fine condition. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

 

 

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Posted by on December 25, 2012 in Charles Dickens

 

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RR Autograph Auctions Charles Dickens Ink signature

RR Autograph Auctions Charles Dickens

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Ink signature, “Charles Dickens, London, Monday Tenth December 1849,” on an off-white 4 x 2.75 sheet. In very good condition, with intersecting folds and light scattered creases. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

 

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Posted by on October 4, 2012 in Charles Dickens

 

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RR Autograph Auctions Charles Dickens Hand-addressed and signed envelope

RR Autograph Auctions Charles Dickens

Hand-addressed and signed envelope from The Athenaum, 4.5 x 2.75, addressed by Dickens to “Percy Fitzgerald Geuss, 32 Merrion Street, Dublin,” and signed in the lower left, “Charles Dickens.” Envelope bears a May 10, 1869, London postmark. Double matted and framed to an overall size of 10 x 8.25. In very good condition, with a light central vertical crease and scattered toning and soiling. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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RR Auctions Charles Dickens

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Dickens thanks his renowned 1858 photographer “for the remarkable, interesting and admirable collection of photographs you have sent to me”

ALS, one page, 4.5 x 7, Gad’s Hill Place letterhead, November 4, 1857. Letter to Herbert Watkins. In full: “I send you a thousand thanks for the remarkable, interesting, and admirable collection of photographs you have sent to me. I shall always prize them high, and shall never tire of them. They are not less agreeable to me for including two capital heads of yourself. The Library Edition in its Holiday Dress shall not fail to appear, as soon as it is out of the tailor’s (or binder’s) hand.” Some mild toning, a couple light pencil notations, and some skipping to the handwriting, otherwise fine condition. Item comes in its original dealer folder from The American Art Association, stating the letter comes from the Collection of Rev. Dr. Roderick Terry, Catalogue Number 65.

George Herbert Watkins opened a photographic studio on Regent Street in London in 1856 where he produced a series of the contemporary leaders and celebrities of the day, including Napoleon III, Anthony Trollope, Wilkie Collins, and Alexander Dumas. Dickens received an invitation from a William Charles Kent to arrange a sitting with Watkins that year, but the author refused. By 1858, he had a change of heart, resulting in a series of photographs taken between April-June 1858 in which Dickens requested “five and twenty impressions for private friends”on July 17, 1858. Watkins, in turn, sent him a copy of his National Gallery of Photographs, a published collection of his 1856-1858 portrait photography with accompanying biographies. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on March 4, 2012 in Charles Dickens

 

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