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This is an auction for THE OLD CURIOSITY SHOP by Charles Dickens.

"THE OLD CURIOSITY SHOP is a novel by Charles Dickens, first issued serially in 1840-41 in Dickens' own weekly, Master Humphrey's Clock; it was published in book form in 1841. The novel was enormously popular in its day but in a later age was scorned for its unabashed sentimentality. The Old Curiosity Shop is the story of Little Nell Trent and the evil dwarf Quilp. When Little Nell's grandfather gambles away his curiosity shop to his creditor Quilp, the girl and the old man flee London. Nell's friend Kit Nubbles and a mysterious Single Gentleman (who turns out to be the wealthy brother of Nell's grandfather) attempt to find them but are thwarted by Quilp, who drowns while fleeing the law. Little Nell dies before Kit and the Single Gentleman arrive, and her brokenhearted grandfather dies days later."
- The Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature (US) review:

"THE OLD CURIOSITY SHOP - the story of Little Nell, a beautiful child thrown into a shadowy, terrifying world - seems to belong less to the history of the Victorian novel than to folklore, fairy tale, or myth. The sorrows of Nell and her grandfather are offset by Dickens's creation of a dazzling contemporary world inhabited by some of his most brilliantly drawn characters - especially Quilp, the lustful, vengeful dwarf, whose demonic energy makes a vivid counterpoint to Nell's purity."

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Two leather-bound Heron Books hardbacks from the same edition as those in the photograph.

Undated, but about 1968.

735 pages in the two volumes.

Very good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95, or $6.95 by tracked mail. If you are on rural delivery and want tracked mail, the shipping cost will be $9.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect these books from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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