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DICKENS, Charles.
Extraordinary Gazette: Speech of his Mightiness on opening the Second Number of Bentley's Miscellany, edited by "Boz".
[London: Richard Bentley, March 1837]. 8pp. sewn pamphlet, small octavo. Housed in a custom green cloth chemise within green half calf bookform slipcase, twin red morocco labels, green cloth sides, front panel lettered in gilt. Lightly foxed, but otherwise in excellent condition. Title vignette by Phiz. First edition thus, one of two formats (the other larger and in 4 pages), of Dickens's supplement to Bentley's Miscellany. Dickens undertook the editorship of Bentley's Miscellany, commencing publication in January 1837. For the third issue (March) Dickens wrote this Extraordinary Gazette, veiled as a royal publication, promoting Richard Bentley's publishing house, and pitching Oliver Twist, then being serialized in the magazine. The pamphlet was bound into Bentley's publications as advertisements, and possibly issued separately. The title vignette by Phiz is the first caricature of Dickens. Gimbel E33. [Attributes: First Edition]
Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA/ ILAB. [London, United Kingdom]
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