Nicholas Nickleby (1st Bound Edition)

Contributed by pragmatopian

Nicholas Nickleby (1st Bound Edition)

This object is significant to me because of its connection to two artists.

Not surprisingly the first artist I associate with this object is Charles Dickens: pasted into the front cover of the book is a piece of paper containing Dickens' signature, which had been cut from a letter that one of the book's early owners had received. Nicholas Nickleby is among Dickens' early novels, preceded only by The Pickwick Papers and Oliver Twist.

Less obviously, the second artist I associate with this object is the violinist and conductor Sir Yehudi Menuhin, as I obtained the book from his collection.

Both men rank among the greatest exponents of their respective arts, and both achieved immense success and popularity during their lifetimes. Unlike many great artists Dickens and Menuhin are also notable not only for their great talents but for their great humility and philanthropy.

Holding this objects reminds me of the way in which great artists and great art have the capacity to touch the lives of so many people.

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