|BCSHEET58||Celebrating the Bicentenary of Charles Dickens Mint Stamp Sheet - Unsigned||£27.50||Sold Out|
|BCSHEET58S||Celebrating the Bicentenary of Charles Dickens Mint Stamp Sheet - Signed Tamzin Merchant||£40.00||Sold Out|
Issue Date: 07/02/2011
Issue Name: Bicentenary of Dickens Mint Stamp Sheet
Producer: Buckingham Covers
The year 2012 sees us mark the bicentenary of Charles Dickens, considered the greatest author of the Victorian period. Our stunning stamp sheet celebrates some of his best and most loved works. Limited numbers personally signed by actress Tamzin Merchant. Featuring 10 beautiful stamps and labels showing scenes from five of Dickens' most iconic works. A limited edition of just 500 sheets. Commemorating a British literary master.
The Bicentenary of Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens was considered the greatest author of the Victorian period and made great contributions to classic English literature. Born in Portsmouth on 7 February 1812, to John and Elizabeth Dickens, he enjoyed a good education until his father was imprisoned for bad debt. His entire family were sent to Marshalsea Prison and Dickens was forced to end schooling in his early teens to go to work in Warren's Blacking Factory, where he was paid six shillings a week wrapping shoe-black bottles. Later, he returned to school until he was fifteen, where upon he worked as an office boy in a firm of solicitors. The experience of hardship that Dickens endured made a lasting impression on him and was immortalised in several of his novels.
Like many authors of the time, Dickens began his literary life in journalism, reporting for such publications as The Mirror of Parliament and The True Sun. In 1833 he became parliamentary journalist for The Morning Chronicle. However, his career as a fictional writer started in 1833, when his short stories and essays started to appear in periodicals. His Sketches By Boz and The Pickwick Papers were both published in 1836, the same year that he married Catherine, the daughter of his friend and editor, George Hogarth.
These two stories were so successful that Dickens never looked back. He continued to write, producing great classics such as Oliver Twist, Nicholas Nickleby, and The Old Curiosity Shop. Among his later works are David Copperfield, Bleak House and A Tale Of Two Cities. Great Expectations, was even among Tolstoy's and Dostoyevsky's favourite novels. His last and unfinished mystery novel, The Mystery Of Edwin Drood was published in 1870.
Although Dickens was most famous as a novelist, he also wrote hundreds of essays, an autobiography and travel books. He even wrote plays, on one occasion performing before Queen Victoria in 1851. He became estranged from Catherine in 1858, after having 10 children together, and spent the last 12 years of his life delivering touring lectures across Britain and the United States. He died at Gads Hill Place near Rochester, Kent on 9 June 1870 from a stroke and was honoured with a burial in Westminster Abbey.
What are stamp sheets?
A stamp sheet is around A4 size and contains 10 first class stamps (the red wax seal stamps in this stamp sheet being an example) contained in a special design. The stamps are valid for postage, but you don't want to be ripping this up! Most people collect sheets in an album although some of them frame them for the wall.
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Total number of sheets printed: 500
Tamzin first came to prominence in the fantastic 2005 adaptation of Pride & Prejudice, in which she portrayed Georgiana Darcy opposite Keira Knightly. In January of 2012 she appeared in the two-part adaptation of Dickens' final novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, in the role of Rosa Bud. We are delighted to have her sign our Charles Dickens stamp sheets!