2 April 2008
[DICKENS, Charles, dedicatee]. GOOCH, Richard Heathcote (1829-1898). An Old Man-of-War's-Man's Yarn. Dedicated (by Kind Permission) to Charles Dickens, Esq. London: Cassell, Petter, and Galpin, .
12o (165 x 112 mm). Original green cloth, gilt-lettered on front cover, edges gilt (spine and hinges cracked, front free endpaper detached, some minor rubbing). Provenance: Kenyon Starling.
FIRST EDITION. In his preface, Gooch explains that he wrote the story based a conversation with an old man he met outside Ramsgate. The old man's two sons were on board the Erebus with the Arctic explorer Sir John Franklin when the expedition disappeared and was never heard from again. Gooch dedicated this story to Dickens and apparently appealed to him directly after George Cruikshank refused to introduce the two men. Dickens kindly accepted the dedication of several of Gooch's stories. Yale/Gimbel H210.
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