• Fine Printed Books, Manuscript auction at Christies

    Sale 5829

    Fine Printed Books, Manuscripts, Traditional Sports

    23 November 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 208

    DICKENS, Charles [and Mark LEMON]. Mr Nightinglae's Diary: A farce in one act. Boston: James R. Osgood, 1877. 16° (118 x 77mm). Etched frontispiece by F.W. Pailthorpe. Later green half morocco, preserving original cloth front wrapper and spine, top edge gilt. Provenance: Charles Plumtre Johnson (bookplate).

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    DICKENS, Charles [and Mark LEMON]. Mr Nightinglae's Diary: A farce in one act. Boston: James R. Osgood, 1877. 16° (118 x 77mm). Etched frontispiece by F.W. Pailthorpe. Later green half morocco, preserving original cloth front wrapper and spine, top edge gilt. Provenance: Charles Plumtre Johnson (bookplate).

    FINE COPY. This farce, originally written by Mark Lemon, the editor of Punch, was so much altered by Dickens that it became at least partly his. It was produced for charity at Devonshire House, 16 May 1851, Dickens, Lemon, and Wilkie Collins all taking part. This reprint of the 1851 edition constitutes the second English and first American edition. Eckel pp. 164-165; Gimbel B125; Kitton Minor Writings pp. 213-215.


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