2 April 2008
DICKENS, Charles. Speech of Charles Dickens, Esq., Delivered at the Meeting of the Administrative Reform Association, at Drury Lane Theatre, on Wednesday, June 27, 1855. London: M.S. Rickerby, 1855.
8o (199 x 132 mm). Later paper wrappers. (Some minor soiling.) Provenance: Kenyon Starling.
FIRST EDITION, later issue, with "hundred" correctly printed on p.3, and with the Rickerby imprint on the title-page and the last leaf. In this speech, Dickens blasts the government for their indifference to and ignorance of the national affairs of Britain. Eckel, p.235.
DICKENS. Speech of Charles Dickens Delivered at Gore House, Kensington, May 10, 1851. Boston: The Torch Press exclusively for members of The Bibliophile Society, 1909.
4o (235 x 170 mm). Original wrappers.
FIRST SEPARATELY PUBLISHED EDITION, printed from the original manuscript of Dickens's speech. Although the speech first appeared in the National Edition of Dickens's Works, it was heavily edited. This is its first appearance in the original form, in which Dickens speaks on the importance of sanitation reform in London. Yale/Gimbel B214.
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