May 22, 2014 - Sale 2351

Sale 2351 - Lot 203

Estimate: $ 600 - $ 900
FORSTER, JOHN. Autograph Letter Signed, to an unnamed recipient ("Dear Sir"), bound into first volume of his Life of Charles Dickens facing dedication, thanking for the gift of an unknown biography of Dickens, thanking for the suggestion of sending copies to the surviving members of the Dickens family, and giving their address. 4 pages, 16mo, mourning stationery, written on a folded sheet; lower portion of first leaf cut away with illegible traces of text remaining, hinged along left edge of first page to bound in leaf. The book, 3 volumes. 8vo, morocco by Bretault; bookplates on front endpapers from Albert Henry Wiggin and Lynde Selden. "Kensington.W" [London], 27 July 1874; the book: London, 1872-74

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". . . I have read it through with the greatest interest and pleasure. It is full of delicate and subtle appreciation as well in the descriptions of the man as in the criticism of the writings. Altogether it is a georgeous and noble tribute, and all who loved Dickens may rejoice that such homage should be said in his memory. . . .
". . . I must earnestly thank you for the considerate and friendly suggestion of sending copies to the family of the Dickens. . . . If you can spare . . . one for Miss Hogarth (Mr Dickens's sister in law); and one to Miss Dickens (his eldest daughter); they might be sent under one cover . . . ."