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#403 - Charles Dickens

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“Dear gentle, patient, noble Nell was dead!”
Description                           Estimate: $8,000+          

Desirable AQS on an off-white 4.25 x 3.5 sheet, prominently signed at the conclusion in ink,“Charles Dickens, Twenty ninth May 1846.” Dickens pens a brief quote from his 1841 novel The Old Curiosity Shop, in full: “Dear gentle, patient, noble Nell was dead!” Affixed to a slightly larger sheet. In fine condition. Due to the immense popularity of The Old Curiosity Shop upon its initial serialization, Little Nell, an angelic 14-year-old girl protecting her mentally infirm grandfather during a perilous journey into the countryside, became a beloved character within the Victorian reading public. Nell’s readership stretched across the Atlantic, as well, with crowds of Americans anxiously waiting at ports for English ships, eager to learn of the whereabouts and well-being of the young orphan. The anticipation for the last installment of the serial was unparalleled, and Nell’s tragic end provoked emotional reactions from Dickens’s international fanbase. Pre-certified PSA/DNA.

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