EXTRAORDINARY GAZETTE. Speech of His Mightiness on Opening the Second Number of Bentley's Miscellany, Edited by "Boz." Charles Dickens, 1812 - 1870.

EXTRAORDINARY GAZETTE. Speech of His Mightiness on Opening the Second Number of Bentley's Miscellany, Edited by "Boz."

[London]: [Richard Bentley], [1837]. 1st printing (Eckel, pp. 173 - 174; Gimbel E-33). 1 printed sheet, folded once vertically forming a 4 pp leaflet. Masthead vignette, by Phiz, depicting a young Dickens standing next to a plump porter carrying a large consignment of Bentley's Miscellany. According to Matz, Dickens in Cartoon & Caricature, the scene engraved by John Thompson. 8-11/16" x 5-13/16". Printed self-wrappers. Now housed in an archival mylar sleeve. Some modest thumbing & soiling. Unobtrusive paper repair along spine fold, as well to one small area on first leaf fore-edge. Withal, a VG copy. Item #36475

Here Dickens, the new editor for the Miscellany, "paraphrased the average Royal speech, and by the use of bombastic and ponderous expressions announced the coming of 'Oliver Twist.'" [Eckel].

The drawing of Dickens by Phiz the earliest recorded by Wilkins, who compiled Dickens in Cartoon & Caricature [1924].

According to Podeschi, and is usually the case, the leaflet most likely removed from Bentley's Miscellany Issue III of 1 March 1837, where it had been inserted preceding that issue's Bentley's Advertiser.

Price: $950.00

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