Friends of the Dickens Forum,

     Herb Moscovitz has broad and unfailing sources of information about 
the Dickens world and
generously passes it on to the Dickens Forum.  The news that a bound 
annotated collection of ATYR
has surfaced has stirred considerable interest and drawn its measure of 
exaggerated claims. It is not,
pace Thomas L. McDonald, a "discovery [which] essentially rewrites the 
history of Victorian literature."
But it draws the curtain away from a body of periodical writing largely 
anonymous.  Now, as you will
see, concerns are being expressed as to where this new collection will 
end up:                 (pjm)

> *'Rosetta Stone of the Victorian literature'*
> More news on the 'Rosetta Stone of the Victorian literature'. Props to 
> the Independent for the consistency in following through the story 
> and its detective eye on treating it, raising the issue on 
> the whereabouts of the ATYR collection. Prof. Slater duly gives his 
> opinion.
> BBC has also decided to give the collection a consideration.
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>   *Charles Dickens' notes have solved a crucial scholarly question –
>   but where will the valuable volumes end up and how much are they worth?*

>       Exclusive: Immaculate leather-bound collection belongs to Dr
>       Jeremy Parrott
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> Biography
> Friday 17 July 2015
> With its notes in the spidery hand of Charles Dickens revealing the 
> identity of hundreds of contributors to his magazine, the annotated 
> collection of/All the Year Round/unveiled this week has been acclaimed 
> as of “immense” scholarly value.
> But while aficionados of Victorian literature are salivating at the 
> prospect of poring over dozens of previously unattributed works by 
> writers including Wilkie Collins, Mrs Gaskell and Lewis Carroll, the 
> delicate question is also beginning to be asked of just what the 
> 20-volume collection, spread over 12,000 pages, is worth and where it 
> might eventually end up.
> As well as being counted among Britain’s greatest novelists and 
> judicious observers of human frailty, Dickens is also one of the most 
> collectable. His following of monied admirers across the world last 
> year ensured that  a signed copy of/A Tale of Two Cities/, inscribed 
> to George Eliot, was sold for a record-breaking £275,000.
> The result is that scholars are already pressing for the 
> groundbreaking discovery of what appears to be the/Oliver 
> Twist/author’s personal collection of his weekly periodical to 
> eventually end up in an institution, preferably on one in the United 
> Kingdom.
> The immaculate leather-bound collection was bought by Dr Jeremy 
> Parrott, an antiquarian bookseller and Dickens expert in his own 
> right, from an unnamed online seller in Wrexham for an undisclosed sum.
> Its discovery represents a major breakthrough because, in keeping with 
> practice of the Dickensian era, nearly all articles in/All the Year 
> Round/were published without the writer’s name. Notes in the margins 
> of the volumes bought by Dr Parrott, most apparently in Dickens’ own 
> hand, reveal for the first time the identity of  up to 400 separate 
> contributors to the magazine, which was published between 1859 and 1895.
> Professor Michael Slater, the eminent Dickens scholar and an academic 
> advisor the London’s Charles Dickens Museum, told/The Independent/: 
> “Like all British Dickens scholars I fervently hope that this uniquely 
> important set of volumes, such a rich and major resource for everyone 
> interested not only in Dickens but in all those who wrote for him, 
> will stay in this country.”
> Prof Slater added that he believed the “natural home” would be in the 
> library of the Dickens Museum, or failing that the British Library. 
> Interest is, however, also likely to be shown from abroad, in 
> particular American libraries and museums.
> For such an outcome to be secured, any organisation with ambitions to 
> own the collection will have to raise a substantial sum. One leading 
> expert on rare books said it was likely the volumes would have an 
> asking price of about £100,000.
> Brian Lake, president of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association, 
> said: “It is one of those things that you might happen upon once in a 
> lifetime. If the collection is as it has been described, it is very 
> important in terms of attributing works to lots and lots of authors. 
> In terms of value, it is different from something like the signed copy 
> of/A Tale of Two Cities/. But nonetheless I would expect a collection 
> like this to have a value around £100,000.”
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> Dr Parrott told/The Independent/that he may consider a sale as early 
> as later this year but for the moment at least he is more interested 
> in the academic rather than monetary worth of the volumes, whose 
> significance he only realised after he had bought them last year.
> He intends to spend at least two years working on identifying a full 
> list of contributors to All the Year Round based on the volumes and 
> said he shared the desire of his fellow scholars to see the collection 
> end up in London.
> He said: “I would like the set to go to the British Library or the 
> Dickens Museum but there will doubtless be interest from institutions 
> abroad, principally the US. Once I have extracted the data for 
> analysis, which may be within three months, I would be open to offers. 
> Though the set may yet be put into auction at some point.”
> The Dickens Museum, which last year received a lottery grant to buy 
> the writer’s desk and chair for £780,000, declined to comment on 
> whether it would seek to acquire the collection.
> Paul Lewis, the BBC broadcaster and Wilkie Collins expert, said those 
> with an interest in Victorian literature wanted above all to ensure 
> that the volumes remained in the public domain.
> He said: “It would be an absolute travesty if the collection was 
> somehow squirrelled away by a private collector. Its value as a 
> reference point for so much work is incalculable.”
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