George Silverman’s Explanation. Edited with an Introduction and Notes by Harry Stone. Illustrated by Irving Block
[ Northridge, California:]: California State University Northridge Libraries, Santa Susana Press, 1984. One of three hundred numbered copies in a total edition of 326. The “first book edition and first illustrated edition” of George Silverman’s Explanation (1868), the last work of fiction completed by Charles Dickens. With text illustrations by Irving Block throughout, including about a dozen larger (half- and quarter-page) illustrations. Designed and printed by Bonnie Thompson Norman and Patrick Reagh. Letterpress printed in Baskerville on Mohawk Superfine. A fine copy with the prospectus. Dark blue cloth stamped in gilt. Octavo. xxxv, , 44 pp. Item #17372
“George Silverman’s Explanation was published in 1868, the last work of fiction ever completed by Dickens. Though a short story in length, it is, as its nine chapters attest, a miniature novel in structure and in scope. But despite this intriguing format, and despite the beauty of the story, the work is virtually unknown. This is a pity, for George Silverman’s Explanation is a tour de force…It is Dickens’ last word on a number of crucial social and psychological mysteries that increasingly engrossed and perplexed him (from the prospectus).”.