London: E. Rimmel, . 1st printing (presumed). Bolton, BL no. 25. Single leaf folded vertically to form (4) pp. Elaborate pictorial title-page. Folded: 9-3/8" x 7-5/8" Printed self wrappers. A VG copy, some age toning and chips at fore-edge, some scattered stains (no text is obscured). Item #45063
The Gaiety Theatre, The Strand, London, was where Dickens saw his last play in 1869. This production of The Battle of Life was edited for the stage by Charles Dickens Jr. and starred prominent actors John Lawrence Toole (1830-1906) as Ben Britain, and Ellen Farren (1848-1904) as Clemency Newcombe. No library holdings found on OCLC: scarce. The play opened on December 26, 1873.