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THE LAMPLIGHTER
1879. A Farce. (1838.) Now First Printed from a Manuscript in the Forster Collection at the South Kensington Museum. London: [no publisher] 1879. Original light blue-grey wrappers. First Edition in dramatic form, one of 250 numbered copies (this being #100). Around 1838 Dickens consented to write this "unfortunate little farce" (his words) specifically for the famous actor W. C. Macready. However, while it was in rehearsal Macready changed his mind and put a halt to it, so it was never staged. Three years later, Dickens wanted to contribute a tale to THE PIC-NIC PAPERS (the collection of pieces published in 1841 for the benefit of the widow of Dickens's first publisher John Macrone), so for it he re-wrote the still-born play into a tale titled "The Lamplighter's Story." Nine years after Dickens's death, a manuscript (not in Dickens's hand) of the original play was discovered in the Forster Collection, and the result was this 250-copy edition.~This copy is still in the original wrappers (most have been re-bound), and is in near-fine condition (scarcely any wear at all, but a little cover soil). This is quite an uncommon piece in this condition. Gimbel B80; Carr B532; Eckel p. 162.
      [Bookseller: Sumner & Stillman]
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