John Forster (1812-76), an exact contemporary of Charles Dickens, was one of his closest friends, and acted for him (as for many other authors) as advisor, editor, proofreader, agent and marketing manager: according to Thackeray, 'whenever anyone is in a scrape we all fly to him for refuge. He is omniscient and works miracles.' Forster was Dickens ...Read MoreJohn Forster (1812-76), an exact contemporary of Charles Dickens, was one of his closest friends, and acted for him (as for many other authors) as advisor, editor, proofreader, agent and marketing manager: according to Thackeray, 'whenever anyone is in a scrape we all fly to him for refuge. He is omniscient and works miracles.' Forster was Dickens' literary executor, and was left the manuscripts of many of the novels, which he in turn left (along with the rest of his magnificent library) to the South Kensington Museum (later the Victoria and Albert Museum). He was ideally placed to write a biography of Dickens, having known him since the 1830s, and having been involved in deeply private matters such as Dickens' separation from his wife. This three-volume account was first published between 1872 and 1874; the version of Volume 1 reissued here is the 'seventh edition' of 1872.Read Less
Very Good in Very Good jacket. Biography. Size: 12mo-over 6¾"-7¾" tall. Text is clean. Pages aging. Decorative endpapers. Red boards lightly bumped at head spine end. Jacket spine darkened. Several light smudges on yellow jacket. Minor chipping to corners and head spine end. Several closed tears smaller than 1/4" to edges. Quantity Available: 1. Inventory No: 012006.
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Fair. Hardcover Textblock is tanning but unmarked. Edges are dust soiled. Front hinge is split. Brown boards are faded and dust soiled. Spine has gilt lettering. Spine is cocked. Corners and spine are bumped and scuffed. 494 pgs.
Good. No Dustjacket. 688 pages. No dust jacket. Blue cloth boards with gilt lettering. The pages are clean and clearly legible although mildly yellowed throughout with foxed endpapers. The boards are mildly tanned along the spine with bumped corners and thick rubbing on all sides.
Good ++ No Dustjacket. 6 3/4" Tall By 4 1/4" Wide. 977 pages-thin India paper so book is only about 2 cm thick. No dustjacket. Clean dark blue hardback binding, embossed, blind decoration to front and spine, gilt-coloured titles to spine. Light/moderate wear to spine-ends and boards' corners. Page-edges lightly browned, ink name to flyleaf o/w clean pages.
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