Charles Dickens's reading copy of Nicholas Nickleby at the Yorkshire School

This is Dickens's personal and annotated reading copy of Nicholas Nickleby, A Yorkshire School', used by him for his public readings. Throughout there are numerous manuscript alterations, cancellations, underlinings, additions (sometimes on pasted-on slips) and marginal stage directions ("Breakfasting", "slapping the desk", etc.). The main change is the suppression of Chapter Three (describing Fanny Squeers's tea-party), Dickens having tied the pages of this chapter together with a red ribbon so that they cannot be opened.

Acqusition history

The book was originally part of Dickens's library at Gad's Hill.
It was brought by the Comte de Suzannet from Bernard Quaritch in 1937 and a letter to the Comte from Quaritch dated 31 May 1937 is preserved with the volume. 
It forms part of the Suzannet Collection.
It was donated to the Museum by the Comtesse de Suzannet in 1971.

Physical description

Red leather, half morocco, gilt lettering, bookplates and "Short Time" stamped on spine. 8vo. 71 pages (including title). It also has a green cloth slip-case olive-green morocco gilt back Bookplates of Charles Dickens, Comte de Suzannet, Lucy Wharton Drexel and Boies Penrose Hill and Gad's Hill Library label pasted in front cover and endpapers.

Object history note

This is one of several of Dickens's reading copies in the Charles Dickens Museum Collection.
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