first edition Housed in a commercial Scrap Book, yellow cloth with black, red & silver stamping. "J. Frank Pierce / Books Stationery / Augusta
1934 · (n. p.)
by Dickens, Charles [1812 - 1870]. Dore, Gustav - Illustrator
(n. p.): United Feature Syndicate Inc, 1934. 1st printing thus (cf. Smith II, 12n1). Housed in a commercial Scrap Book, yellow cloth with black, red & silver stamping. "J. Frank Pierce / Books Stationery / Augusta ME" label to front paste-down. Album cocked, and shows wear. First two album leaves filled with newspaper extracts on other topics, e.g., "The Duke of Sonora. Grant Gwin and McDowll. A Hitherto Unpublished Letter from General Grant Relative to Gwin's Designs on California.". Unpaginated, though 19 leaves [last 3 blank]. The Life of our Lord, in 14 installments, extracted from an unidentified newspaper, and affixed to album leaves, with Dore's illustrations opposite. Stubs of excised leaves at rear. Illustrated with 12 scenes from Dore's BIBLE (cf. Malan, p. 247).
From Smith, "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 It was written exclusively for his children and not for publication.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 detah of Sir Henry Fielding, Dickens' last surviving child, the family sold the world publication rights to Associated Newspapers Limited for Â£40,000 ($210,000), and the work began publication in the Daily Mail on March 5, 1934. It was published simultaneously in nearly two hundred different newspapers in America."
(Inventory #: 25524)