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INFELICIA by  Adah Isaacs [1835 - 1868]  Charles. 1812 - 1870].  Menken - Signed First Edition - 1868 - from Tavistock Books, ABAA (SKU: 33231.1)


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by [Dickens, Charles. 1812 - 1870]. Menken, Adah Isaacs [1835 - 1868]

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Spine sunned to a mellow golden tan. A handsome VG+ copy.
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London - Paris - New York, 1868. 1st edition thus (Gimbel B295), i.e., with the lithographic plate reproducing Dicken's letter. This copy SIGNED by Dickens, in blue ink, on the original ffep, "Faithfully yours / Charles Dickens [flourish]". We posit it was signed by Dickens during his 1868 tour of America. Early 20th C. 3/4 green morocco binding with marbled paper boards & eps. TEG. Original publisher's green cloth binding bound-in at rear. Spine sunned to a mellow golden tan. A handsome VG+ copy.. [5], v, 141, [1] pp. Binder's blanks at front & rear. Frontis of Menken. Facsimile of Dickens' "letter", which is actually comprised of portions from 2 letters Dickens sent Menken [cf. LETTERS, v. 11]. Cuts as head- tailpieces. Sq 12mo. 5-1/2" x 4-1/4"

Dickens knew Menken through her 1864 performances at Astley's, during which time she was accepted by the London Bohemian crowd, holding 'literary salons' at her suite at the Westminster Palace Hotel. Her aspirations toward literature resulted in this modest volume of poetry, which she decicated to "Charles Dickens", a gesture the Inimitable accepted with 'great pleasure'. This particular copy comes from a prominent Detroit businessman's collection, gathered in the 1920s, and only now, 100 years later, coming onto the market.


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[Dickens, Charles. 1812 - 1870]. Menken, Adah Isaacs [1835 - 1868]
Early 20th C. 3/4 green morocco binding with marbled paper boards & eps. TEG. Original publisher's green cloth binding
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Used - Spine sunned to a mellow golden tan. A handsome VG+ copy.
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1st edition thus (Gimbel B295), i.e., with the lithographic plat
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London - Paris - New York
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About Tavistock Books, ABAA

Tavistock Books, established in 1989, specializes in First Editions, Antiquarian Rare & Collectible material with a special focus on Charles Dickens. We maintain a stock of 15000 volumes, which may be seen by appointment or by chance when you are in the greater San Francisco Bay Area, or by browsing our Web page @ Tavistock Books is a member of the Antiquarian Bookseller\'s Association of America, the Independent On-Line Booksellers\' Association, the Bibliographical Society of America, the Bibliographical Society of the University of Virginia, the American Printing History Association, the Roxburghe Club, and the Book Club of California.


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