(DICKENS, Catherine) POPE, Alexander. The Poetical Works of Alexander Pope. Revised and arranged expressly for the use of young people [by William Charles Macready]. Printed for private circulation by Bradbury and Evans. 1848
Contemp. full dark green morocco, spine with blind-stamped compartments, blind & gilt borders, gilt dentelles; sl. rubbed, small mark on front board. a.e.g. An attractive well-preserved association copy.
¶A brief note, dated 1877, on the initial blank indicates the provenance of this volume. It was first presented to Mrs Charles Dickens by the editor, William Macready, and then in turn given by her to the writer and critic Edward Dutton Cook, who probably wrote the note. Dutton Cook, 1829-83, was a friend of the Dickens, and was introduced to his wife Linda Scates while on a visit to the Dickens family home in 1873. Working initially in a railway office, Dutton Cook went on to become a respected theatre critic for the Pall Mall Gazette and The World newspaper. He was the author of several novels, and early in his career had worked as an engraver for Punch magazine.