2 April 2008
DICKENS, Charles. Is She His Wife? Or, Something Singular. A Comic Burletta in One Act. Boston: James R. Osgood and Company, 1877.
16o (120 x 80 mm). Half-title, publisher's advertisements on endpapers. Two woodcuts. (Some very minor marginal dampstaining to a few leaves.) Original green cloth, stamped in black and gilt (some minor rubbing at extremities and ends of spine, front hinge starting); black cloth chemise and quarter morocco slipcase. Provenance: Kenyon Starling (bookplate).
FIRST AMERICAN EDITION of Dickens's third stage effort. The play, a one act comedy based on a series of misunderstandings among its characters, was originally written and staged in 1837 and only ran for a short period of time. No copy of that 1837 edition survives as the last copy existing, purchased by Osgood, was destroyed in a fire in December 1879. This present American edition is preceded by an extremely rare English edition printed circa 1873, of which, according to Eckel, only three known copies survive. Eckel, pp.159-161; Edgar & Vale, p. 16; Yale/Gimbel B61.
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