The Seven Poor Travellers Embellished with illustrations by Arthur Hogg

By: Dickens, Charles

Price: $99.95

Quantity: 1 available

Book Condition: Fine in Very Good dust jacket

71 & [1] pages; Publisher's red cloth, gilt lettering on spine and front cover, with gilt-stamped floral decorations and rules stamped in blind. Pale grey-green floral patterned endpapers, top edges gilt. The plain glassine dust jacket shows only minor toning, and while it is impossible to prove that it is original, it has clearly been wrapped around this copy for a very long time, and is consistent with the nature of this small "gift book." Four full page colour tinted illustrations by Arthur Hogg. The title page does not specify a date; the date of 1908 is determined by a brief review and notice in the November, 1908 issue of Bertram Waldron Matz's 'The Dickensian: A Magazine for Dickens Lovers and Monthly Record of the Dickens Fellowship". OCLC: 34981349 (with a single copy located only -- Schultz Library, Sonoma State University, California). Inexplicably, the University's Library Catalogue suggests a publishing date of "1850-1870." While the printing firm of William Brendon and Son, Ltd. in Plymouth England (whose tiny slug appears at the bottom of the final page) was in business during that time, the style and technical nature of Arthur Hogg's tinted plates are all consistent with the issuing date of 1908 suggested in the 'Dickensian." There Matz's brief review [p. 287], cites the London co-publisher, [Sisley, Ltd.] and his description certainly remains true after a century -- "daintily produced in a miniature size suitable for slipping into an envelope, and consequently a good substitute for sending as a Christmas card to Dickensian friends. The illustrations by Arthur Hogg are very pleasing, one [has] a portrait of Dickens drinking the toast 'On earth peace, goodwill towards men.' " The plate appears in our book on page (21). Confirmation of the 1908 date of publication appears on page 307 in this same November issue of 'The Dickensian' -- as the first book on the list of "Dickensiana Month by Month." The British Library is the only location of the British issue in OCLC [see OCLC Number: 558209404], which also confirms the 1908 date. The "Seven Poor Travellers" text originally appeared in 1854 in the fifth of the nine Christmas numbers of 'Household Words,' the weekly periodical Dickens had founded in 1850. This small 1908 volume contains only the parts actually written by Charles Dickens, arranged here as three chapers -- Ch. I. In the old city of Rochester -- ch. II. The Story of Richard Doubledick -- ch. III. The Road."

Title: The Seven Poor Travellers Embellished with illustrations by Arthur Hogg

Author Name: Dickens, Charles

Categories: Illustrated Books, 19th Century, Literature,

Edition: First Edition Thus

Publisher: New York, James Pott & Co.: 1908

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Fine in Very Good dust jacket

Size: Thin 24mo 5" - 6" tall

Seller ID: 41502