Lot 628: Boldly signed LS, one page, 4.5 x 7.25, May 16, 1843. Letter to "N.W., Senior Esquire," marked "Private" at the top, in full: "Circumstances have come to my knowledge, which induce me to think, in common with some other friends of W. Black, that it will be better to postpone for the present, that proposed friendly and private dinner to him, (involving no other question of any kind) in reference to which I troubled you with a note a few days since." Dickens has also added his address, "1 Devonshire Terrace, York Gate Regents Park," at the top. Central vertical and horizontal folds (one vertical fold passing through a single letter of the signature), scattered toning, and a tack hole to upper left, otherwise fine condition. Having recently returned from his first trip to America—a six-month tour that took him from Boston to New York to Washington, DC—the now-internationally acclaimed Dickens immediately began work on his cherished yuletide tale A Christmas Carol. Released in late 1843, it became an instant sensation, solidifying his standing as the most popular author of the Victorian era.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 460
Wednesday, 16th September 2015
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