2 April 2008
[AMERICAN NOTES]. -- DICKENS, Charles. Report of the Dinner Given to Charles Dickens, In Boston, February 1, 1842. Reported by Thomas Gill and William English, Reporters of the Morning Post. Most of the Speeches Revised by their Authors. Boston: William Crosby and Company, 1842.
8o (170 x 106 mm). (Lightly browned, one or two spots.) Green crushed morocco gilt, original pink-brown wrappers bound in at end (upper joint just starting). Provenance: Kenyon Starling (bookplate).
"THE YOUNG MEN OF BOSTON, IN COMMON WITH THE WHOLE AMERICAN PEOPLE, HAIL WITH DELIGHT THE NEWS OF YOUR INTENDED VISIT TO THE NEW WORLD" (FROM THE "INVITATION" P. 3).
FIRST EDITION. So eager were the "Young Men of Boston" (including Geo. Minns, Chas. H. Mills, James R. Lowell, Henry Gardner, Samuel Parkman Jr.) to meet Dickens, that not only did they dispatch their invitation to Dickens via steamer on 1 December 1841, but they also formed a delegation to meet him on his first evening in Boston on 22 January 1842. An account of Dickens' speech at the Dinner is printed on pp. 10 - 15: "It is not easy for a man to speak of his own books. I dare say that few persons have been more interested in mine than I; and if it be a general principle in nature that a lover's love is blind, and that a mother's love is blind, I believe it may be said of an author's attachment to the creatures of his own imagination, that it is a perfect model of constancy and devotion, and is the blindest of all." Yale/Gimbel B112.
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