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PHILLIPS-56645-1.jpg FANTASTIC COLLECTION OF ILLUSTRATED LETTERS BY THE ILLUSTRATOR BEST KNOWN FOR 'THE DEAD HEART' WHICH DICKENS PLAGIARISED
PHILLIPS (Watts, 1825-1874, Illustrator, Playwright and Novelist, best known for his play 'The Dead Heart' which served as a model for Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities.)

Enchanting series of Illustrated Letters to William Miller ORD, M.D., (1834-1902, Medical Scientist and Physician, for fifty years at St Thomas's Hospital, London), to Ord's second wife Jane, (née Youl), the Ords's daughter Christine and dog Tartar, with one or two by Caroline (Huskisson), known as Mrs Phillips, also humorous drawings and a title leaf for "Jane Ord's Album", the letters are full of energy, puns and literary allusions, nearly all with one or more extremely skilful and witty pen-drawings. Besides Phillips's own troubles, for Ord's care of which he is extremely grateful, Phillips refers to invitations to the Ords's home in Streatham, imagines their holidays in Northumberland and Swanage, adding his reminiscences of both districts, and talks of the pressure of keeping up his writing (see No. 38, showing him chained to an inkpot like Prometheus to his rock), with much more. With a Checklist. Together 58 items on 99 sides (including 4½ sides by Mrs Caroline Phillips), mostly 8vo, 45 Redcliffe Road (off the Fulham Road), West Brompton, London, 16th January - 31st December 1873 and circa February - April

Item Date:  1874
Stock No:  56645      £17500

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