Dickens, Charles (1812 – 1870)
Dickens introduces Hans Christian Andersen to his friend, “Here he is!”
A superb autograph letter signed by Charles Dickens to Lord Robertson, 4th August 1847, a letter of recommendation for Hans Christian Andersen. Dickens writes in full, “My Dear Lord Robertson, You have read some charming books translated into English from the writings of Hans Christian Andersen? Here he is! If you were anything but what you are, I would not commend a man of his genius to you. So the merit of the deed is clearly yours, and not mine. Ever my Dear friend, Cordially Yours, Charles Dickens”.
In very fine condition, and together with the original hand-addressed envelope signed by Dickens. An extraordinary association piece – Dickens gave this letter to Hans Christian Andersen to present to his friend Lord Robertson upon his arrival in Scotland. Unfortunately when Andersen got to Edinburgh, he found that Robertson was away in the country (“Lord Robertson var paa Landet”, H.C. Andersens dagbøger, 12 August). A fabulous letter not included in the Pilgrim Edition.