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October 12th, 2011
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I have a set of 11 pretty old Dickens's I'm trying to ebay at the moment. Thought I'd blog about them here just in case anyone was interested...

[For the avoidance of doubt, they are pretty, and pretty old]

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From:vinaigrettegirl
Date:October 13th, 2011 05:17 am (UTC)
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They are 19C, not early 20C. Complete Dickens or novels only? I might buy them!

Who's the publisher?
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From:atreic
Date:October 13th, 2011 07:43 am (UTC)
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Best guess from desultory googling is that they're 1930 (cf abebooks, and amazon, and ebay)

They're not complete, it turned out when I was typing them into ebay - I think the best description would be 'random dickens'. There's a full list on the ebay page.

The question about the publisher is interesting. On the cover page, they say 'Odhams press limited', but on the page after that, they say 'made and printed in Great Britain by the Greycaine Book Manufacturing Company Limited'

Edited at 2011-10-13 07:45 am (UTC)
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From:vinaigrettegirl
Date:October 13th, 2011 08:25 am (UTC)
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Oh, OK, Odhams. Fascinating firm, finally knocked dead by WW2 direct hit, but massive publisher of books aimed at autodidact and self-skilling working class families: literature, DIY, accounting, poetry, auto repair, electrics, you name it. I have about a dozen of their books out of sheer fascination with the skills, abilities, and world-view they encapsulate.
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From:atreic
Date:October 13th, 2011 08:29 am (UTC)
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Ooh, that's really interesting! And makes sense in context. Still, having just decided to clear out the space now is the wrong time to get more attached to the books ;-)
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From:garamondbophin
Date:October 13th, 2011 11:22 pm (UTC)
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Just thought I should chip in on the publisher question: think of it in terms of "Amon Hen", which is published by The Tolkien Society, but 'manufactured' by The Printed Word (or, to give my own efforts a plug, "Chosen Destinies" & "The Voles of Old", published by The Baldric Press, but printed and bound by Antony Rowe).
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From:vinaigrettegirl
Date:October 13th, 2011 08:37 am (UTC)
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If you really never read any Dickens, skip Bleak House and Great Expectations, and have a go this winter at 'Our Mutual Friend', bit by bit. It has one of the first attempts in literature to portray a disabled person in the round, as a human being: hugely radical for its day. The whole thing is an endlessly-rewarding meditation on culture and society, truth and lies, all the great themes of life, with characters you can't help but believe, for the most part.

Or try one of his sketches by Boz on conditions in the East End if you want a taste of moral anger and contempt for hypocrisy which is wholly modern.
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From:atreic
Date:October 13th, 2011 10:03 am (UTC)
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I read David Copperfield when I was A Bit Too Young, but enjoyed it. I've read Oliver Twist and A Christmas Carol too. My problem was that having a nice set of big antique hardback Dickens's I never wanted to throw them in my bag and read them on the train, which is where most of my reading happens. I think the Kindle will be good for me :-)
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