DICKENS, Charles. "George Silverman's Explanation." In: The Atlantic Monthly. Volume 21, numbers 123-125. Boston: Ticknor and Fields, January - March, 1868.
3 volumes, 8o (248 x 160 mm). With slips for the "Great American Tea Co" at the beginning and the "Atlantic Advertiser" at end of each volume. (Lightly browned, one or two spots, edges a bit chipped and creased.) Original salmon pink printed paper wrappers, uncut (one or two pale stains and a bit chipped at the extremities); brown cloth folding box. Provenance: Contemporary annotation, possibly by printer on front wrapper number 123: "3655/quantity"; Kenyon Starling (bookplate).
FIRST EDITION. In August of 1867 Dickens sent his agent and friend George Dolby to America with the manuscript for this and Holiday Romance. The former was originally commissioned by the Hon. Benjamin Wood, a New York State Senator and newspaper publisher; the latter by Ticknor and Fields. Dickens was to receive £1000 for each. Senator Wood became elusive: "there had been no reply to repeated messages that he could claim the manuscript of George Silverman. Suddenly, at the very moment Dolby was leaving New York, Wood appeared and flung 'a bag - supposed to contain a thousand sovereigns - on the table'. But Dolby had been warned that... the senator was 'de-vil-ish sly.' He told Wood he no longer had time to count the money, but that he would leave the manuscript with Ticknor and Fields, who were empowered to conclude the business. No more was heard from Wood, and in 1868 the story was published in the Atlantic Monthly." First published in book form in a pirated edition by the Southern Publishing Company, Brighton, 1878. Eckel, p. 200; Edgar & Vail, p. 30; Johnson, p. 1071; Yale/Gimbel E29.
DICKENS, Charles. George Silverman's Explanation. Brighton: The Southern Publishing Company, Limited. .
8o (133 x 108 mm). 54 pages stapled as issued. Original pink printed wrappers, partially unopened (slightly browned at the edges, rust marks near the staple, else FINE); quarter red morocco gilt folding box.
FIRST EDITION IN BOOK FORM, a pirated edition, preceded by publication in The Atlantic Monthly. Eckel, p.200; Yale/Gimbel B299. (3)