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2 April 2008
[DICKENS, Charles, editor]. The Extraordinary Gazette. Speech of his Mightiness on Opening the Second Number of Bentley's Miscellany, Edited by "Boz". [London: Bentley, March 1837].
8o (233 x 150 mm). 4 pages unbound. Wood-engraving of Dickens by Hablot K. Browne ["Phiz"]. (Lightly browned, stabholes to left margin, edges creased with one or two short tears.); quarter red morocco gilt folding box. Provenance: Kenyon Starling (bookplate).
FIRST EDITION, originally bound into Part III of Bentley's Miscellany. Dickens accepted the editorship of the magazine in 1836: "Richard Bentley was planning to establish a new magazine and asked Dickens to assume its editorship. At first calling it the Wit's Miscellany, when his friends laughed him out of this Bentley changed the name... He offered Dickens liberal terms - £20 a month for his editorial duties, and another twenty guineas for contributing sixteen pages of his own writing to each month's issue, the copyright of which was to belong to Bentley" (Johnson).
Produced in a blatant attempt to boost sales Dickens also used this Extraordinary Gazette to announce Oliver Twist in his "Note of the Reporter." "His Mightiness incorporated with his speech on general topics, some especial reference to one 'Oliver Twist.' Not distinctly understanding the allusion, we have abstained from giving it."
SCARCE: According to American Book Prices Current only two copies, bound or unbound, have appeared at auction since the Suzannet copy Sotheby's New York, 22 November 1971, lot 15. Eckel, pp. 173-174; Johnson, p. 179; Yale/Gimbel E33. (4)
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