[ 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. ]
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No publication details. [ London: Bentley, March 1837. ]

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.

[ Charles Dickens as 'Boz'. ] Volume, in fine binding by Root and Son, collecting contributions by Dickens to 'Bentley's Miscellany', including the 'Extraordinary Gazette'.

Charles Dickens as 'Boz' [ Bentley's Miscellany; Richard Bentley, London publisher; Root and Son, London bookbinders; George Cruikshank ]
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Richard Bentley, New Burlington Street; Bell and Bradfute, Edinburgh; and John Cumming, Dublin. 1837 and 1838.

The various extracts are 'BOUND BY ROOT & SON', a beautiful binding in crushed brown morocco, with gold tooling to covers and spine, dentelles, and marbled endpapers. Spine in six compartments, with 'BENTLEY'S MISCELLANY | C. DICKENS | 1837'. In very good condition, in like binding, with small nicks at head and tail of cover. The contents comprises: ONE: Front wrap of no. 1, 2 January 1837. TWO: 'Extraordinary Gazette. | Speech of His Mightiness on opening the Second Number of Bentley's Miscellany, edited by “Boz.”' 4pp. THREE: Title-leaf of vol. 1, 1837. FOUR: 'Public Life of Mr.

[ William Maginn, Irish journalist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('W M.') to the editor of a journal, regarding 'a poem by a friend of mine' (said to be 'Lockharts Greek Bubble').

William Maginn [ 'Dr. Maginn' ] (1794-1842), Irish Tory journalist, a noted contributor to Blackwood's Magazine and Bentley's Miscellany
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Without place or date. [ London? Circa 1826? ]

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. Another hand - presumably that of the recipient - has written the word 'Printer' at the head of the page, and docketted the reverse 'Maginn | with Lockharts Greek Bubble' (the anonymous poem 'The Greek Bubble', published in 1826, is in fact said to be the work of J. Thompson). The letter reads: 'Dear Sir | Inclosed is a review of a poem by a friend of mine, who I believe is an acquaintance of yours. If you could make room for it tomorrow, you would much oblige me. Arrange the review yr. own way.

[ John Fisher Murray ('Maire'), Irish poet and humorist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Jno Fisher Murray'), offering the London publisher Richard Bentley a 'humorous paper' and 'a series of Essays on LONDON'.

John Fisher Murray [ 'Maire' ] (1811-1865), Irish poet and humorist [ Richard Bentley (1794-1871), London publisher and proprietor of 'Bentley's Miscellany' ]
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11 Bark Place, Bayswater. 10 November 1843.

1p., 12mo. On bifolium, addressed on reverse of second leaf to 'Richard Bentley Esqre'. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. The first paragraph concerns a 'humorous paper' he is forwarding for Bentley's consideration (i.e. possible publication in Bentley's Miscellany). In the second paragraph he informs him that he has ready 'a series of Essays on LONDON, similar to those which attracted so much attention in Blackwood'.

[Unrecorded Cartoon] Subject: Man standing with whip to chin exchanging a few words with a dishevelled man seated at a desk, writing.

[Richard Bentley publishers; Charles Dickens; Boz]
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Not known (between 1836 and 1838, while Dickens was editor of "Bentley's Miscellany").

24.5 x 22cm, hand-coloured, tipped onto larger sheet, two corners chipped, mainly good condition. Both men semi-literate at best. Exchange of words (beneath cartoon)as follows: "Hollo my Josey, ain't yer a goin to take a turn in the Kyradant [?]? No, cos I got to finish this here harticle for Bentley's! Oh, vot then, I s'pose Boz is ill?"

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