The Works of Charles Dickens

DICKENS, Charles.
Leipzig: Bernhard Tauchnitz, 1843 - 1880.
"Collection of British Authors". 45 volumes of 46, lacks volume 3 of David Copperfield. Text is in English.
12mo, three quarter red smooth calf over marbled boards, lettered in gilt, spines with raised bands, all edges marbled, marbled endpapers. Some rubbing of spine ends and corners (one volume with 1/2 inch of spine lacking), else fine.


Tauchnitz commenced his British Authors series in 1841. He arranged to pay authors a generous fee for reprinting their works in Germany, though no international copyright existed to oblige him to do so. Dickens supplied Tauchnitz with corrected proofs of his works, which facilitated their publication in Germany at the same time as they were issued in England. Dickens's letter confirming Tauchnitz's right to publish, see Letters of Charles Dickens, British Academy-Pilgrim Edition 10, pp. 353-4. There existed a mass of correspondence between Dickens and Tauchnitz, almost certainly destroyed by the bombing of Leipzig during the Second World War.

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