Reproduction of a photograph of Maria Beadnell.  In his chapter on “Some costly Dickensiana,” Eckel lists the Beadnell and Kolle Letters.  These letters were printed in two books, published by the Bibliophile Society of Boston.  The first book is entitiled Charles Dickens and Maria Beadnell; Private Correspondence; and the second, The Earliest Letters of Charles Dickens written to His Friend Henry Kolle.  The volumes are dated 1908 and 1910, respectively.  The letters are concerned principally with the relations between Dickens and Maria Beadnell, his first love.  Details regarding this relationship are explained by Edgar Johnson in his Dickens biography.  In the mid-1830s, Dickens was a struggling young court reporter.  Maria’s father was a successful banker.  Dickens’s friend, Henry Kolle, a bank clerk, was engaged to Maria Beadnell’s sister Anne.  Through Kolle, Dickens became an intimate of the Beadnell family, was invited to dinners, and to other social occasions.  He became thoroughly enamored with Maria, who was pretty, flirtatious, and had a merry laugh; all of which Dickens found charming.  However, Maria’s family believed Dickens to be an undesirable suitor, and the affair was eventually broken off by Maria.  Over twenty years later, Maria (now Mrs. Henry Winter), the wife of a successful merchant and mother of two daughters, wrote to Dickens desiring a meeting.  Dickens instructed his wife Catherine to call on Maria and invite her and her husband to a private dinner.  This dinner was a disaster.  Dickens found Maria, now in her forties, to be fat and dull.  He found her attempt to seem again flirtatious, absurd.  He also discovered that her merry laugh had now become a “silly giggle.”  Also, Maria had a cold, which Dickens caught.  He rebuffed Maria’s later attempts to renew the relationship, and broke it off completely.