The Life of Our Lord
written expressly for his children.London: Associated Newspapers Ltd, 1934 Stock Code: 138148
NotesFirst edition in book form, first impression, in the scarce publisher's deluxe leather binding with the dust jacket, printed on japon. The History of Jesus Christ was written by Dickens for his children between 1846 and 1849, and the author later claimed that the book was "an inseparable part of their earliest remembrances" (see Letters, Vol. IX, Oxford, 1997, p. 557). It was not intended for publication and the original manuscript was left to Georgina Hogarth, and then to Sir Henry Fielding Dickens (the author's last surviving son). Sir Henry's will allowed publication "if the majority of his family were in favour". It was eventually published in serial form in the Daily Mail newspaper starting in March 1934, before the present book-form edition. With a publisher's advertisement loosely inserted.
Quarto. Original blue skiver, spine and front cover lettered in gilt, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt. With the dust jacket.
Portrait frontispiece and 11 illustrations, of which 8 are reproductions of paintings and 3 are facsimiles of Dickens's manuscript.
A fine copy, in the jacket with exceedingly light creasing at extremities, else fine.
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