DUMAS, ALEXANDRE Le Comte de Monte-Cristo.
Paris: Au Bureau de l'Echo des Feuilletons, 1846. The first illustrated edition, inscribed by Dumas on the first text leaf to Josiah Wilkinson on 22 August 1847 and with a bound-in leaf with the first three paragraphs of the first chapter in Dumas' hand, this same leaf with Wilkinson's attestation also dated 22 August 1847 above the Dumas manuscript, an additional note from Dumas to Wilkinson dated 1848 affixed to the verso of the sheet, also laid-in is a 1902 letter from Wilkinson describing his friendship with Dumas, how he came to meet him as the English director of a rail line, and how he came to stay with Dumas at his Chateau Monte-Cristo. Two volumes in contemporary French pebble-grained morocco, the covers panelled in blind and with small sunburst cornerpieces, the spines lettered in gilt with raised bands, all edges gilt, the endpapers of the first volumes with contemporary clippings and a folding newspaper portrait of Dumas affixed. 10 1/4 x 6 1/2 inches (26 x 16.5 cm); 478 ;  pp. Volume I with portrait frontispiece and 14 plates after Johannot et Gavarni; Vol. II with frontispiece and 13 plates (of 14), in text illustration. Without half-titles or plate list in Vol. II. Rubbing to joints and spine and some minor staining to boards, moderate foxing heaviest at first and final leaves, both volumes with the engraved bookplate of Josiah Wilkinson.
Provenance: Sotheby's, 18 July 1960, lot 291; buyer Maggs; to the current owner.
An extremely rare inscribed copy of Dumas' Le Comte de Monte-Cristo, with the first three paragraphs in his hand, collected and assembled by Englishman Josiah Wilkinson from 1846-1848 and with a further testamentary letter dated 1902 laid-in. On the sheet in which Dumas' has written the opening paragraphs of the book, Wilkinson has written "This mss. sheet containing the commencement of the first chapter was written for me by Alexandre Dumas while staying with him at his chateau of Monte Cristo near St, Germain, August 22, 1847/Josiah Wilkinson." We trace no other inscribed copies of this beloved title in the auction record.
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