Swan Deverell Auctioneers

Swan Deverell Auctioneers

A first edition Charles Dickens novel graces Australian auction

Auctioneer Hannah Clayton Atkin couldn’t believe her eyes when she spotted a first edition copy of famous 19th century English author Charles Dickens’ novel ‘Hard Times’ among a box of old items from a deceased estate. 

Part of the library collection of noted bibliophile Frederick Perkins (1780-1860) who lived at the now demolished Chipstead Place in Kent, the book was published in 1854 by Bradbury and Evans in London. 

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