[ Scarce Charles Dickens item. ] 'Extraordinary Gazette. Speech of his Mightiness on Opening the Second Number of Bentley's Miscellany, Edited by "Boz.”' [ With engraving by Hablot K. Browne ('Phiz'). ]

[ Charles Dickens as 'Boz'; Hablot K. Browne ('Phiz'); Richard Bentley, London publisher; Bentley's Miscellany. ]
Publication details: 
No publication details. [ London: Bentley, March 1837. ]
SKU: 20790

4pp., 8vo. Bifolium. Heavily aged and worn, with closed tears at fore-edge of first leaf and at gutter. The first edition (an eight-page edition followed), originally bound into the third number of Bentley's Miscellany, of which Dickens was the editor. Drawing on his experience as a parliamentary reporter, Dickens parodies the State Opening of Parliament. At the end of the main text, in smaller type, he refers to the work which had begun serialisation in the magazine in February of 1837: '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: only four copies appear to have come up at auction since 1971. Eckel, pp. 173-174; Johnson, p. 179; Yale/Gimbel E33.