Character Sketches from the Works of Charles Dickens By F.O.C. Darley First & Second Series Large Format Plates
(British Literary History - Charles Dickens - F.O.C. Darley - Art)

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Porter & Coates, 1888. F The plates of the first and second series of these portrait character sketches by Darley of famous & infamous Dickens characters from various works, collated complete according to the published lists and including: First Series: Clemency Newcome and Ben Britain; Little Nell and Her Grandfather; Tony Weller; Oliver Twist; Barnaby Rudge; Joe Gargery; Second Series: Caleb Plummer and His Blind Daughter; Dolly Varden and Hugh of the Maypole Inn; Oliver Twist Claimed by Bill Sykes and Nancy; John Willet and Rudge the Murderer; Mrs. Gargery on the Rampage; Dick Swiveller and Quilp; Sam Weller; some of the popular characters found in the works of Charles John Huffam Dickens (1812 - 1870) British novelist "...There can be few other English writers-apart, of course, from Shakespeare-with such widespread influence..." (Michael Slater in the DNB); these great interpretations of famous Dickens characters by Felix Octavius Carr (F.O.C.) Darley, (1822 - 1888) Philadelphia-born illustrator, "... American book illustration can be said to have begun with Darley, who illustrated more than 300 books and countless magazine articles. He set the standard for design and the integration of image and text. The linear clarity and humorous charm of many of his drawings accounted for his success..." (Sally Webster in the ANB); with the publisher's date of 1888 in the plates, the Darley dates earlier; overall sheet size 19" x 24 1/2" printed on heavy paper; originally these came in large portfolios covers (not present) and were loosely laid-in; the title pages for both series are present, which have the list of plates; the plates with loose tissue overlay sheets printed with the title as well as a character quote from the scene depicted in the illustration; lacks one of the tissue guards, others are worn, with old fold lines, tears; soiling, dustiness; with edge-chipping and wear to the plates and title-pages; old damp-discolorations, spotting, mostly marginal; in fair condition only, for reference or restoration. Fair Paperback (Item ID: 24064)


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