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[Dickens, Charles]. [Works], 20 Titles in 30 Volumes. Illustrated Library Edition. Lon: Chapman and Hall, (nd), [ca. 1868 to 1876]. 8vo. Original beveled green cloth stamped in black and gilt. 3 spine heads have a tear (Our Mutual Friend, Vol II; Nicholas Nickleby, Vol I; and The Old Curiosity Shop, II), more minor wear to other spine ends. 2 vols’ hinges cracked (Nicholas Nickleby, Vol I ; and Pickwick Papers, Vol II). Otherwise very good. Bookplate on most vols’ front pastedown (occasionally upper portion of half title). Ffep of Vol I of Nicholas Nickleby is signed by 3 relatives of Charles Dickens (and inscribed by 2 of them). The signed inscription by Marie Dickens (the author’s daughter-in-law) reads: "My Dearest Dorothy, / This edition of my father's works is intended as a present for your Wedding Day from all of us at Mulberry Walk. With it we send you our dearest loves with many wishes for your future happiness. / Vy affectionately / Marie Dickens (Mumsey) / Bobby.” Twice signed by Henry F. Dickens: [1st] between Marie’ Dickens’ inscription and Marie Dickens' signature, “Henry/ F. Dickens [alias Popsey, alias Governor);” and [2nd] initialed “H.F.D.” at base of ffep. Below the signatures of Henry F. Dickens and Marie Dickens is the signed inscription “Cedric Charles Dickens (Ceddy, Sometimes Known as the Worm) in his absence at the front xx.” Dated “July 1916.” Cedric Charles Dickens (son of Marie and Henry F. Dickens) was killed in action later that year. Although Charles Dickens Jr. had a daughter named “Dorothy,” she was then in her 40’s, so if, in fact, she is the same "Dorothy" so if, in fact, the "Dorothy" named in the inscription is Dorothy Dickens, it was probably for her wedding anniversary, rather than the wedding itself. Henry Fielding Dickens, the 8th child born to Catherine Dickens and the author, was a Queen’s Counsel from 1892-1899 and Common Serjeant of London (2nd highest ranking judge of London’s Central Criminal Court) from 1917-1932.

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Dickens [Works]. 30 Vols. Signed by 3 relatives.

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