Besides having one or more editions of all Dickens' novels (no first editions, though!) I have quite a collection of Dickens ephemera. In honour of the great man's birthday, here is some of it.
This isn't my very oldest edition of a Dickens' book (although with some it's hard to tell; wouldn't it have been nice if publishers had always dated their work?) but it may be the most fun. Advertisements on the inside covers are for the likes of Dr. J. Collis Browne's Chlorodyne ("the best remedy known for coughs and colds, asthma, bronchitis") and Stuart's Plaster Pads ("truss troubles vanish forever"). It dates from around 1909-10.
Also from 1909, The Children's Dickens is subtitled "Stories Selected from Various Tales", and includes such chapters as "The Tale of Tiny Tim" and "Little Paul Dombey". It also has line illustrations and great coloured plates.
A monthly calendar from 1917, there is a page for each month with several quotes and a teeny calendar at the bottom of the page.
A 1920 first edition, with a quotation for every day in the year.
I'm not enough of a fanatic to subscribe to any scholarly Dickens journals, but I do have this copy of The Dickensian from the winter of 1930/31, and a copy of The Dickens Quarterly from 1989. Sample article title from The Dickensian: Who Was Jasper? Sample article title from The Dickens Quarterly: The First of the Singles: Watkins Tottle. (I haven't a clue what that means, either.)
As a kid, I always liked Ladybird Books, so when the school library where I was teaching discarded this, I was more than happy to snap it up. It's from 1965.
A children's book about Dickens' visit to Montreal in 1842. (He also visited Niagara Falls, Toronto, Kingston, Québec City and St. John's while in Canada. Of his visit, Dickens wrote: "But Canada has held, and will always retain, a foremost place in my remembrance." American Notes, 1842)
Yes, there's a Charles Dickens cookbook! Perhaps not a lot of recipes that I will ever make (tripe and onions, anyone?) but for me, a must-have.
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