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A CHILD'S HISTORY OF ENGLAND by  Charles Dickens - 1854 - from Sumner & Stillman (SKU: 14393)

A CHILD'S HISTORY OF ENGLAND

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A CHILD'S HISTORY OF ENGLAND

by Dickens, Charles

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1854. [in Two Volumes.] Boston: Jenks, Hickling & Swan, 1854. Original blind-stamped dark brown cloth with gilt-decorated spines. Early American edition, just possibly the first complete one. Since Harper published the two volumes of its edition separately in March 1853 and in March 1854 (so dated on the title pages), it is considered to be the first American edition. The date in 1854 when these two Boston volumes were published is unknown, so it is possible that this two-volume Boston edition came out earlier in 1854 than Harper's second volume. Jenks Hickling & Swan was a very "fluid" enterprise at the time, such that their 1856 and 1857 two-volumes-in-one printings would be by Hickling Swan & Brown, and their 1861 two-in-one printing would be by Swan Brewer & Tileston. This set is in very good-plus condition (a few small holes in the cloth, mainly at extremities or at joints); the gilt on the spines is unusually bright. Smith pp 116-119; Carr (UTexas) B500 (in blue cloth); not cited by Podeschi. Provenance: both front free endpapers bear not only a contemporary signature, but also the penciled signature of Dickens bibliographer Walter Smith; in fact, this very copy is the one pictured on pages 117 and 118 of his book.

Synopsis

IF you look at a Map of the World, you will see, in the left-hand upper corner of the Eastern Hemisphere, two Islands lying in the sea. They are England and Scotland, and Ireland. England and Scotland form the greater part of these Islands. Ireland is the next in size. The little neighbouring islands, which are so small upon the Map as to be mere dots, are chiefly little bits of Scotland, - broken off, I dare say, in the course of a great length of time, by the power of the restless water.

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Sumner & Stillman US (US)
Bookseller Inventory #
14393
Title
A CHILD'S HISTORY OF ENGLAND
Author
Dickens, Charles
Book condition
Used
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Date published
1854
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Founded in 1980, Sumner & Stillman is a small family business providing personal service in the buying and selling of literary first editions of the 19th and early 20th Centuries. Member of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America (ABAA) for over 30 years.

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