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ALS to Frederic Chapman, on the headed paper of Gad’s Hill Place, Sunday twelfth October 1862. ‘The Bradbury and Evans question I feel to be a difficult one .’

DICKENS, Charles. 30 lines on the first & third side of a folded 8vo leaf. Two light folds. Pilgrim Letters, vol. X, p.139. An interesting letter to Frederic Chapman, discussing whether A Child's History of England should be published by Chapman & Hall as part of the Cheap Edition or Library Edition of the works, and who should be responsible for the printing. It was originally published by Bradbury and Evans, and although they had now relinquished the copyright to Chapman & Hall, it seems under the terms of a prior agreement, they still held the rights to print the work. Dickens is concerned that protocol is not upset, and reminds Chapman, 'You will remember that when the treaty was in progress for the purchase of their share, Mr. Evans asked you whether they were to lose the printing of my books'. He continues, 'I wrote to you that I had no intention whatever of changing the existing arrangements or interfering to deprive them of the printing'. Chapman, it appears, had engaged a third party to print the work, compelling Dickens to intercede. He acknowledges the proof he has seen is of acceptable quality, and that a financial saving might be made, but wonders 'whether a higher consideration is not at issue – something very like a point of honor'. Signed, with his characteristic flourish, 'Faithfully Yours always, Charles Dickens'. PLEASE NOTE: For customers within the UK and the EU, this item is subject to VAT.