MR. NIGHTINGALE'S DIARY: A Farce in One Act. By Charles Dickens.

By: [Lemon, Mark]. Dickens, Charles.

Price: $450.00

Quantity: 1 available

Book Condition: Good


- 12mo, 4-3/4 inches high by 3-3/8 inches wide. Attractively rebound into maroon morocco titled in gilt with raised bands on the spine and with the original terra-cotta cloth covers, titled & decorated in gilt & black, bound in. The top edge is gilt. Marbled endpapers and gilt inner dentelles further enhance the binding. The book is housed in a handsome silk-lined black & maroon cloth slipcase backed with a maroon calf spine with a gilt titled label on the spine. The leather covers are detached with minor wear to the corners and the head and tail of the spine. 96 pages, illustrated with a fine engraved colored frontispiece by Frederick W. Pailthorpe. The front endpaper is detached and there is offsetting to the title page from the frontispiece. A very attractive little book which would be well worth rehinging.

First American edition, uncommon with the colored frontispiece.

This farce was written by Charles Dickens and Mark Lemon, the editor of Punch, for the Guild of Literature and Art. It was originally privately printed as a pamphlet for Dickens in 1851 and was first performed on stage in that same year.

According to Eckel pp. 164-65, "there are only three known copies traceable" of that original 1851 edition. Eckel further indicates that the copy of the pamphlet from which this 1877 first American edition was printed was destroyed in the Boston fire of 1879.

From the library of Louis I. Haber of New York City with his pictorial bookplate on the front pastedown. Haber's library was sold by Anderson Auction Galleries in 1909. First Edition.

Title: MR. NIGHTINGALE'S DIARY: A Farce in One Act. By Charles Dickens.

Author Name: [Lemon, Mark]. Dickens, Charles.

Categories: Literature,

Publisher: Boston: James R. Osgood and Company, 1877.: 1877.

Book Condition: Good

Seller ID: 36993

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