The Life of Our Lord. Written Expressly for His Children...

The Life of Our Lord. Written Expressly for His Children...
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London: Associated Newspapers Ltd., MCMXXXIV (1934). 4to., [1]-128 pp., text set within a double-line frame, headpieces, tailpieces and initials, 10 b&w full-page plates including frontisportrait and manuscript facsimile. Dark red cloth with title and author’s name in gilt to upper right corner, backstrip with five bands stamped similarly in gilt, top edge red. Some minor foxing to edges, and hints of shelf-wear, otherwise a very good copy. First edition thus, cloth edition. With a forward by Lady Marie Dickens, widow of Henry Fielding Dickens, the last surviving child of Charles Dickens, dated April 1934. “Dickens wrote The Life of Our Lord over a period of four years from 1846 until sometime in 1849. It was written exclusively for his children and not for publication. However, with the death of Sir Henry Fielding, Dickens’s last surviving child, the family sold the world publication rights to Associated Newspapers Limited...It was published simultaneously in nearly two hundred different newspapers in America” (Smith II, 12). (Item Id: 108441)

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