The Life of Charles James Matthews; Chiefly Biographical with Selections from his Correspondence and Speeches. Charles Dickens, the younger.
The Life of Charles James Matthews; Chiefly Biographical with Selections from his Correspondence and Speeches
The Life of Charles James Matthews; Chiefly Biographical with Selections from his Correspondence and Speeches
The Life of Charles James Matthews; Chiefly Biographical with Selections from his Correspondence and Speeches
The Life of Charles James Matthews; Chiefly Biographical with Selections from his Correspondence and Speeches
The Life of Charles James Matthews; Chiefly Biographical with Selections from his Correspondence and Speeches
The Life of Charles James Matthews; Chiefly Biographical with Selections from his Correspondence and Speeches
The Life of Charles James Matthews; Chiefly Biographical with Selections from his Correspondence and Speeches
The Life of Charles James Matthews; Chiefly Biographical with Selections from his Correspondence and Speeches
The Life of Charles James Matthews; Chiefly Biographical with Selections from his Correspondence and Speeches
The Life of Charles James Matthews; Chiefly Biographical with Selections from his Correspondence and Speeches

The Life of Charles James Matthews; Chiefly Biographical with Selections from his Correspondence and Speeches

New York: Harper & Brothers, 1879. First American Edition, 1st Printing. Wrappers. A Very Good or better copy of the first American edition, first printing, bound in flexible paper thicker than the book itself which book is bound in newspaper format and shows some scattered foxing -- primarily to the early and late pages, being Number 71 of the Franklin Square Library series, lacking the seldom, if ever, seen wrappers. The volume is, at the least, exceedingly scarce. Of Harper's Franklin Square Library series Walter E. Smith, a bibliographer who has produced bibliographies of Charles Dickens, Anthony Trollope, the Bronte Sisters, Joseph Conrad, and Elizabeth Gaskell stated: "In the May 18 1878 issue of Publisher's Weekly, Harper announced its new series called The Franklin Square Library with the intent that it would be the cheapest and best series in America to supply the large demand for cheap literature....Is He Popenjoy? was the first work to appear in the new series, and all the remaining first American editions of Trollope's works published by Harper, with the exception of some non-fiction, appeared in the series....This new series and its advertising logic sounded the death knell for collectors. First editions in this series are no longer books, but newspapers. Their fragility, format, and ephemeral makeup discouraged most buyers from keeping them. Despite the thousands of copies printed of each title in the series, few have survived. Trollope editions in the series are of the utmost rarity and those that have survived are generally defective....are rarely seen for sale and are usually found only in private collections and in certain research libraries." A Very Good or better copy of this work, a work, using Smith's words, of the UTMOST RARITY. Very good. Item #3046

Price: $300.00

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