First Edition, First Issue, with an ALS Signed "CD" Tipped In
DICKENS, Charles. Little Dorrit [with ALS]. With Illustrations by H.K. Browne. London: Bradbury and Evans , 1857.
First edition, first issue with "Rigaud" for "Blandois." on pages 469 470, 472, & 473. Bound from the original monthly parts, with stab-marks occasionally visible. With forty inserted plates, including the 8 "dark Plates" and the Frontispiece and Engraved title. Original blue printed front wrapper for part XII, "November" inserted at the rear along with the twelve pages of "Little Dorrit Advertiser" for the November part XII, identical to what is called for in Hatton & Cleaver. Octavo (8 1/4 x 5 1/4 inches; 207 x 133 mm). xvi, 625, [1, blank], [12, advertisements] pp.

Beautifully bound in 20th-century brown morocco by Sawyer. Boards double ruled in gilt. Spine stamped and lettered in gilt. Board edges gilt, and gilt dentelles. Marbled endpapers. All edges gilt. Overall about fine.

11/3 page letter (7 x 4 3/8 inches; 177 x 112 mm) on blue paper tipped-in to front endpapers reads as such:

Villa du Camp de droite, Boulogne Thursday, Fifth october 1854 Dear Milton Wednesday the eleventh will do perfectly well for us, as we have no intention of returning home until the following week. My term here expires on the Nineteenth. Therefore on Wednesday the eleventh, we shall expect you. I hope the weather may be sufficiently ? give you a fair idea of the lightness of the air. ? it has been so extraordinarily fine, that we must anticipate a little wet. It blew a gale of wind last night and is very lowering this morning, so I hope we may get it over before you come. Kind words from all. Ever Faithfully (?) CD.

Villa du Camp de droite, Boulogne was a "favorite French watering hole" of Dickens' and one where he spent 3 summers. During the summer of 1853 he wrote Bleak House while in Boulogne. "The summer of this year [1854] was also spent at Boulogne, M. Beaucourt being again the landlord; but the house though still on the same "property," stood on the top of the hill, above the Moulineaux, and was called the Villa du Camp de Droite... He was still at work upon "Hard Times," which was finished during the summer, and was constantly occupied with "Household Words." Many of the letters for this year are to the contributors to this journal." (Letters of Charles Dickens: 1833-1870).

Hatton and Cleaver, 305-333.

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