Lot 631: Third-person ALS signed "Mr. Charles Dickens," one page, 4.5 x 7, February 27, 1846. Letter concerning the chronology of his principal publications. In full: "Mr. Charles Dickens presents his compliments to Mr. Boutcher, and begs to say, in reply to his note, that the Sketches were written first—then the Pickwick Papers—then (and while the latter were yet unfinished, and in course of publication) the earlier portions of Oliver Twist, which were succeeded from time to time by the termination of that story." In fine condition, with central vertical and horizontal folds and toning along the top edge. Dickens's earliest publication, Sketches by Boz, was first published in 1836. The Pickwick Papers—written under the pseudonym 'Boz'—was serialized between April 1836 and November 1837, then published in book form shortly thereafter. Oliver Twist also ran as a serial in Bentley's Miscellany over the course of the next two years, becoming one of his most well-known works. Fantastic content from early in the great writer's career.
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