The Dickens Advertiser: A Collection of the Advertisements in the Original Parts of Novels by Charles Dickens

The Dickens Advertiser: A Collection of the Advertisements in the Original Parts of Novels by Charles Dickens

The Dickens Advertiser: A Collection of the Advertisements in the Original Parts of Novels by Charles Dickens

The Dickens Advertiser: A Collection of the Advertisements in the Original Parts of Novels by Charles Dickens

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The object of this book is to reproduce some of the more entertaining advertisements that appeared in various of Dickens's novels, as they were published in their original monthly parts. The notion was not my own but that of a friend whose sense of humour was fired by a casual glance at some of those precious green numbers. The carrying out of it has been to some extent what Mr. Tony Weller called the pursuit of knowledge under difficulties since the original parts of Dickens are not easy to acquire; several kind people have however been good enough to entrust me with them. I am exceedingly thankful to them, and if possible still more thankful that I have now returned them their fragile and priceless possessions unscathed. I hope that these advertisements may amuse not only those who like everything to do with Dickens, but also some who are students of early-Victorianism and may like to see how the art of advertising has changed and progressed since Pickwick first burst on the world ninety-four years ago. Though their main object is to amuse yet perhaps they may also mildly instruct. The advertisements of our time will no doubt help the historians of the future to understand our everyday life and similarly these Dickens advertisements may throw for us some light on the whiskered ancestors and crinolined ancestresses therein depicted.

B. D.

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