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London, South Kensington
1 June 2009
[DICKENS, Charles]. Extraordinary Gazette: Speech of his Mightiness on opening the Second Number of Bentley's Miscellany, edited by "Boz". [London: Richard Bentley, March 1837].
8° (233 x 151mm). 4pp. Wood-engraved headpiece after Hablot K. Browne. (Stab-holes, light scuff mark on first page.) Disbound.
THE SCARCE TWO-LEAF SUPPLEMENT TO BENTLEY'S MISCELLANY, PORTRAYING DICKENS AS EDITOR AND ANNOUNCING OLIVER TWIST. The publisher, Richard Bentley, had started the monthly magazine in January 1837, appointing Dickens as first editor. In this self-promotional piece, extracted from the third issue (1 March 1837), the editor affirms his aim to "promote merriment in your hearts; to set before you, the scenes and characters of real life in all their endless diversity; occasionally (I hope) to instruct, always to amuse, and never to offend". For evidence of this, the reader is referred to Pickwick and a new work "still in progress", whose name is coyly relegated to the small type of a footnote. In fact, the first number of Oliver Twist had already appeared in the second number of the Miscellany, and its publication continued until April 1839. Eckel p. 173; Gimbel E33.
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