Ten (10) assorted writings, sketches, and plays, primarily by Charles Dickens, including SUNDAY UNDER THREE HEADS. 1st item: SUNDAY UNDER THREE HEADS, First Edition, by Charles Dickens under the pseudonym Timothy Sparks, with illustrations by Hablot K. Browne (Phiz), published by Chapman and Hall, London, 1836. Hardcover 12mo, 49 top edge gilt pages including engraved frontispiece, title page, two additional plates. Original pictorial wrappers laid down to back matter pages. 2nd item: THE LOVING BALLAD OF LORD BATEMAN, First Edition, First Issue, by Charles Dickens and William Makepeace Thackeray, with illustrations by George Cruikshank, published by Charles Tilt, London, and Mustapha Syried, Constantinople, 1839. Hardcover 12mo, 40 top edge gilt pages including Notes, engraved frontispiece, one page of musical notation, and ten additional plates. Original green cloth blind-stamped covers and spines laid down to back matter pages. Note: This copy includes first issue point "wine" instead of "vine" on line 2, stanza V, of p.13. 3rd item: THE VILLAGE COQUETTES: A COMIC OPERA IN TWO ACTS, First Edition, by Charles Dickens, music by John Hullah, published by Richard Bentley, London, 1836. Softcover octavo, 71 pages with two stitches to center-left. Housed in a red cloth four flap archival enclosure, ex libris plate to interior of left flap. 4th-6th items: Three (3) SKETCHES, including SKETCHES OF YOUNG LADIES, SKETCHES OF YOUNG GENTLEMEN, and SKETCHES OF YOUNG COUPLES, First Editions, by Charles Dickens and Edward Caswall under the pseudonym "Quiz", with illustrations by Hablot K. Browne (Phiz), published by Chapman and Hall, London, 1837-40. Hardcover 12mo/16mos, 248 top edge gilt total pages with engraved frontispieces, fifteen additional plates, YOUNG GENTLEMEN and YOUNG COUPLES with back advertisements. All with original pictorial wrappers laid down to back matter pages. 7th item: THE LAMPLIGHTER: A FARCE, First Edition, No. 49/250, by Charles Dickens, printed from a Manuscript in the Forster Collection at the South Kensington Museum, London, 1879. Hardcover octavo, 45 top edge gilt pages. Original grey wrappers tipped into back matter pages. 8th item: THE POOR TRAVELLER: BOOTS AT THE HOLLY-TREE INN: AND MRS. GAMP, First "Reading" Edition, by Charles Dickens, published by Bradbury and Hall, London, 1858. Hardcover 12mo, 114 top edge gilt pages with one back advertisement page. Original green wrappers laid down to back matter pages. 9th item: MR. NIGHTINGALE'S DIARY: A FARCE IN ONE ACT, First American Edition, by Charles Dickens, published by James R. Osgood and Company, Boston, 1877. Hardcover 16mo, 96 top edge gilt pages with four back advertisements pages. Original green cloth blind-stamped covers and spine laid down to back matter pages. 10th item: NO THOROUGHFARE. A DRAMA IN FIVE ACTS AND A PROLOGUE, by Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins, published by Robert W. De Witt, New York, n.d. Hardcover octavo, 40 top edge gilt pages. Original wrappers tipped into back matter pages. 8" H x 4 3/4" W x 1/2" D. Most rebound by Riviere and Son, London in red morocco leather with gilt-stamped covers and spine, five raised hubs, gilt dentelle with dark green paper pastedowns and endpapers, ex libris plates to interior of front covers. 3rd item with slipcase in matching red morocco leather. Ranging in size from 5" H x 3 1/2" W x 5/8" D to 9 1/2" H x 6 1/4" W x 7/8" D.
The Estate of Edith (Edie) M. Bass, Nashville, Tennessee, by descent from her parents, Walter Paul McBride and Claire Childs of Lake Forest, Illinois.
Covers in overall very good condition with wear to hinges, corners slightly bumped. Pages in overall good, legible condition with toning/toning impressions, acid burn, scattered foxing spots, scuffs, creases, some minute tears to edges, few pencil marks, light handling wear. Some minor chipping to pages, primarily to corners and edges. Some pages are unevenly cut. Plates are collated. 2nd item: Does not include back advertisements. 3rd item: Tears, largest 1 1/4", to edges of pages. Some back pages are uncut. 4th-6th items: Some pages to YOUNG GENTLEMEN with damp staining to pages, largest 3/4" x 2 1/4", including plates.