About the Collection
This synthetic collection was acquired through separate donations, the largest acquired in the 1980s and 1990s from J. Stanton McLaughlin, Prof. Frederick O. Grover, and Prof. Carl W. Schaefer.
There are currently 44 examples of Dickens’ works, many of which are 1st editions. The original serial nature of Dickens’ novels is represented in two ways: first, in 2 magazines, Household Words (1850-1859) and All the Year Round (1859-1868), both edited by Dickens and featuring regular installments of the novels in their pages; second, in his "books in parts," which were separate shilling weekly installments of his novels published independently.
Dickens’ novels also appeared in "triple decker" (3 volume) and single-volume formats, and there are 1st appearances of each of those as well. Included also are a complete set of the Christmas novels, an arts and crafts edition of The Holly Tree, edited collections of his correspondence, and a scholarly ltd. ed. of the Works of Dickens. Apart from the works actually written by Dickens, the collection also includes uncommon reference works regarding his novels and an engraved steel plate used to print an illustration for Dombey and Son (left).