A signed early edition of A Tale Of Two Cities sent by Charles Dickens to George Eliot, in which Dickens expresses his “high admiration and regard” for his fellow novelist, has been valued at more than a quarter of a million pounds.
Peter Harrington, a rare bookseller in London, has put a price of £275,000 (RM1.4mil) on the copy of A Tale Of Two Cities, which features Dickens’ signature and the inscription: “To George Eliot. With high admiration and regard. December, 1859.”
Dickens had been a fan of Eliot ever since the author, whose real name was Mary Ann Evans, sent him a copy of her debut, Scenes Of Clerical Life. Writing to her in 1858 to tell her of his admiration, Dickens was one of the first people to guess that Eliot might be a woman. He praised the “exquisite truth and delicacy” of her stories, which he said he had “never seen the like of”.
“I should have been strongly disposed, if I had been left to my own devices, to address the said writer as a woman,” Dickens continued.