if you don’t know by now it is the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens birth and celebration are happening globally.
Dan Calinescu is a collector but not just any old collector but a completest, that is he wants to have all that is of Dickens and he sure has a large collection.
Calinescu was first drawn to Dickens after he happen to stroll past a bookshop near Piccadilly in London and spotted a first-edition Oliver Twist in the window gazing out at him…it hooked him and that was some 30 years ago.
This retired high school teacher has amassed a large Dickens collection that is the envy of fellow fans including me.
There are portraits, illustrations, playbills and posters, memorabilia to a great writer, if not the greatest writer.
The bookcases are lined with rare and leather-bound editions, including copies of The Pickwick Papers, Nicholas Nickleby, Martin Chuzzlewit, Bleak House, A Tale of Two Cities,Great Expectations and A Christmas Carol. As a Dickins fan I can only drool at the site of such rare great works!