"A DEATHLESS NICHE IN THE TEMPLE OF FAME"
DICKENS, Charles. The Works… With Introductions, General Essay, and Notes by Andrew Lang. WITH: FOSTER, John. The Life of Charles Dickens. London: Chapman and Hall, 1903. Together, 36 volumes. Octavo, contemporary three-quarter brown morocco gilt, raised bands, marbled boards and endpapers, top edges gilt, uncut. $4800.
Limited Edition de Luxe of the Gadshill Edition of Dickens Works, number 100 of only 130 sets with illustrations on Japanese paper, illustrated with full-page steel-engraved plates from the original illustrations by various artists including Cruikshank, Phiz, Graves, and Tenniel. Very handsomely bound.
"His imaginative freshness, his deep and sincere tenderness and pity, his whole-souled humor that is seldom sharpened into wit, his superabundance of creative energy, have built a deathless niche in the temple of fame for Charles Dickens" (Kunitz & Haycraft, 184). Dickens "in his own realm has always been unrivaled… His sleepless imagination exaggerated the comic side of everything, and developed the suggestions of reality into humorous idealisms far transcending the proportions of ordinary life" (Baker). "Printed from the edition that was carefully corrected by the author in 1867 and 1868" (Podeschi, D140). Includes John Forster's Life of Charles Dickens in two volumes. Bookplate and 1912 Dickens centenary stamp in each volume.
Expert repair to rear inner paper hinges of David Copperfield Volume II and Oliver Twist, Barnaby Rudge Volume I with faint evidence of dampstain along upper margin only; a few other minor repairs or restorations. Interiors quite clean. An excellent, near-fine, and quite handsome set of this limited illustrated edition.