A CURIOUS DANCE AROUND A CURIOUS TREE. Charles Dickens, 1812 - 1870.


[London]: [St. Luke's Hospital], [1860]. 1st separate edition, second issue (Eckel, pp. 188-191; Gimbel B-216; VanderPoel B-465). 19, [1] pp. 7" x 4-3/4". Original pale pink printed wrappers, sewn. Typographical border surrounding title lettering on front wrapper. Wrappers a bit faded, & show a mite of soiling. Paper repair to front wrapper top edge, as well as spine paper. Old vertical fold crease to center, as is usually found [from mailing?]. A VG copy. Item #27986

This short piece by Dickens, on St. Luke's Hospital, originally published in the January 17 1852 issue of HOUSEHOLD WORDS. With Dickens' consent, it was reissued in this pamphlet form by the Hospital management as a fund-raising mechanism. The first issue had purple wrappers, in which the 'appeal' was not highlighted from the remainder of the text and, evidently, donations suffered accordingly... in this second issue, the wrappers are pink, the 'appeal' is boldly printed, and it was accompanied by an easy-to-use return envelope [much as we see today in the solicitations we receive... make it easy on the mark!].

A rather uncommon item of Dickensiana.

Price: $1,750.00

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