The Lady of the Camellias | Alexandre Dumas | As a young man of twenty Alexandre Dumas fell hopelessly in love with a beautiful Parisian courtesan, Marie Plessis. His father, author of The Count of Monte Cristo + The Three Musketeers, a wild spender and a Don Juan, but the young Alexandre was rather stern and pure. Three years later Marie died of consumption at the age of twenty-three, and in his first agonizing moments of grief Dumas wrote his novel, La Dame aux Camelias.
In 1851 Dickens moved to Tavistock House, a monumental accomplishment considering his formative years spent at Bayham and Lant Street. It was here that he wrote Bleak House, Hard Times and Little Dorrit.
The works of Charles Dickens were issued serially then bound together when complete - the parts had illustrated covers and as well as the text were adverts - both the adverts and covers were removed when the book was bound - this is one of the scarcest states to find a Dicken’s novel in original printed paper covers of part No. IV of Little Dorrit - March 1856