"DIER TREBLIG NHOJ" (John Gilbert REID)
[DICKENS; CHINA] Pickwickians abroad. (Presentation copy)
/ With illustrations by the author. Shanghai : International Institute of China, 1913. First edition. Small quarto, publisher’s pictorial cloth over boards, in pictorial dust jacket (chipped at head of spine and corners); a presentation copy, inscribed on the front pastedown ‘To the Dickens Fellowship, East Bay Branch, California, With the compliments of the author John Gilbert Reid (Dier Treblig Nhoj). Berkeley, November 23, 1928, on the occasion of the annual Tiny Tim charity play, “The Cricket on the Hearth”‘; pp , ii, 286, numerous plates of the author’s illustrations (some colour); front hinge cracked, offsetting to endpapers, some very mild foxing to preliminaries and last few leaves, else sound and clean throughout; a very good inscribed copy, in the scarce dust jacket.
‘My dear friends, Pickwickian and Otherwise: This volume was begun Jan., 1910, by Dier Treblig Nhoj (spell it backwards and see who he is) a young lad born March 18, 1899, in Worcestershire, England; at fourteen months surviving the siege of Peking, later studying in the Kaiser Wlhelm Schule, living in a French Concession and now starting on a British cargo-boat for his first trip across to the United States’ (Preface).
A satirical picaresque story – for adults and children – about the adventures of Samuel Pickwick, whose namesake uncle is the main character of Charles Dickens’ novel The Pickwick Papers. The eccentric protagonist travels from China across North America, Europe and Africa with a group of friends.