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Charles Dickens A CURIOUS DANCE ROUND A CURIOUS TREE 1860 First Edition Lunatic Asylum St. Luke′s Hospital Fund Raising Philanthropy Household Words Christmas Eve Visit Fancy Leather Binding

Title: A Curious Dance Round a Curious Tree
Author: Charles Dickens ‐ Charles John Huffam Dickens was an English novelist, generally considered the greatest of the Victorian period. Dickens enjoyed a wider popularity and fame than had any previous author during his lifetime, and he remains popular, having been responsible for some of English literature′s most iconic novels and characters.
Publisher: St. Luke′s Hospital
City: London
Year: 1860
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 19, [2] pages
Width: 5″ Height: 7.5″
Book Details: Published as a pamphlet in wrappers, this volume is housed in a decorative antique binding. Dickens first wrote of his Christmas Eve visit to St. Luke′s Hospital for Lunatics in Household Words in 1852. With Dickens′s permission, his account was reprinted in this pamphlet to raise money for the institution. This is a first edition, second issue, with the appeal for funds in larger bold type on the last page of text. Eckel, pp.188‐91/Gimbel B216.

This handsome volume is one of dozens in a uniform collection we are offering during this auction, all coming from a private estate library. The books contain first and early printings of works by Charles Dickens and are all uniformly‐bound in fancy three‐quarter crimson leather with deep red marbled paper for endpapers and over the balance of the boards. The materials used for the bindings date the binding work to around 1890 and a bookplate is present on the front paste‐down endpapers of most of the books, belonging to Julius Franke (1868‐1936). Franke was a prominent New York City architect whose work included designing the Wurlitzer Building and it seems likely that he commissioned these bindings. Peruse our catalog to view additional offerings from this collection.

Condition / Notes: This antique volume shows well with some age/wear indications, including shelfwear, with rubbing/minor loss to the spine. The binding and text block are sound. Text is clear and crisp through mild age toning/foxing. There is a vertical crease down the center of the pages. The pamphlet was bound with additional blank leaves to make the text block sufficiently substantial for stitching and binding.

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Estimate $200 - $300Aug 25