The Chimes, Pears Centenary Edition, in which each volume, whether illustrated by Charles Green or L. Rossi, begins with an ornate headpiece featuring Dickens as a young man framed by laurels, suggestive of his achievement in fiction and serving as an iconic presence in an edition commemorating his birth in Portsmouth a century earlier. Complementing his youthful image, which of course changed considerably over his lifetime since its initial mass publication appearance (exclusive of his miniature likeness as a balloonist in the monthly wrapper for Sketches by Boz) in the March 1837 advertisement Publishing Day of "Bentley's Miscellany" in Bentley's Miscellany, is his enduring signature, still a guarantee of genial satire, an active social conscience, and literary quality.by Charles Green (p. 17). 1912. 9 x 6 cm, cameo and laurels only. Dickens's
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There are not many people and as it is desirable that a storyteller and a story-reader should establish a mutual understanding as soon as possible, I beg it to be noticed that I confine this observation neither to young people nor to little people, but extend it to all conditions of people: little and big, young and old: yet growing up, or already growing down again there are not, I say, many people who would care to sleep in a church. I don't mean at sermon-time in warm weather (when the thing has actually been done, once or twice), but in the night, and alone. ["First Quarter," p. 17, 1912 edition]
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