London, South Kensington
1 June 2009
DICKENS, Charles. On the Late Execution. To the Editor of the Times. Devonshre Terrace [London], Tuesday November 13 .
8° (185 x 122mm). Single sheet, laid down on slightly larger paper, presumably extracted from an album.
SCARCE OFFPRINT OF DICKENS'S LETTER CRITICISING CROWD BEHAVIOUR. Dickens wrote to the Times after seeing the public execution of the Mannings, not with "any intention of discussing the abstract question of capital punishment" but affirming that: "the wickedness and levity of the immense crowd ... could be imagined by no man, and could be presented in no heathen land under the sun". He signs the letter "Charles Dickens". Eckel, who included this item among "Unusual and costly Dickensana", knew of only one copy of this offprint, which was possibly used for insertion in other publications. Eckel p. 227; Gimbel B201: 'perhaps originally part of a larger work'.
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