London: Printed for Private Circulation [by Taylor and Greening], 1859. 1st edition (NCBEL III, 830 & 1083). PRESENTATION copy from the author, INSCRIBED at the top of the t.p., 'Edward Bradley / from the author" 15, [1 (blank)] pp. Binder's blanks at rear of volume. 8vo. 8-1/2" x 5-1/2". Late 19th C. 3/4 blue morocco binding with marbled paper boards & eps. Elaborate gilt decorated spine. TEG. Modest binding wear at extremities. Bookplate. A handsome VG+ copy. Item #37179
The notorious quarrel between two of England's most popular authors began with Yates' critical review, in Town Talk, of Thackeray's English Humourists of the Eighteenth Century. Thackeray, as might be expected, was a bit affronted at what he viewed as a slanderous insult by this fellow member of the Garrick Club; believing much of Yates' information came from club meetings, he took his grievance to the club committee. The committee sided with Thackeray and instructed Yates to apologize; Yates refused & was forcibly barred from club premises, subsequently bringing charges against the club Secretary. Dickens, absent from London as this brouhaha was brewing, returned to find all in full force. He offered to mediate, though primarily siding with Yates, which Thackeray viewed as treachery. The ill feelings between the two did not abate for years, until shortly before Thackeray's death in 1863.
Herein Yates recounts the history & evidence of the disagreement, with, not unexpectedly, a bias to his own case. This copy presented to Edward Bradley, presumed to be the Victorian novelist, who wrote under the pen name, Cuthbert M. Bede.
Known in Wise facsimiles (cf Todd 425c), the first edition, as here, just twice at auction in the last 30+ years, the last being 1977. A rare piece of Dickensiana; the first time we've ever been able to offer the item.