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    [Charles Dickens]. The Charles Dickens Dinner. An Authentic Record of the Public Banquet Given to Mr. Charles Dickens, at the Freemason's Hall, London, on Saturday, November 2, 1867, Prior to his Departure for the United States. With a Report of the Speeches from Special Shorthand Notes. London: Chapman & Hall, 1867.

    First edition. Octavo pamphlet (8.5 x 5.5 inches; 217 x 140 mm.). 32 pages.
    Unbound and sewn, as issued. Light foxing and subtle soiling to first leaf recto and final leaf verso, and the smallest of tears to top edge of first leaf, else a very good copy.

    A lovely copy of the account of the farewell banquet given in honor of Dickens in 1867. As Charles Kent has it in the introduction, "The mere catalogue of the names of Stewards was in itself a tribute to the fame, the genius, and the popularity of Charles Dickens. It was a list made up almost entirely of Representative Men." Indeed, in addition to Dickens' speech, the pamphlet includes speeches by Lytton, Russell, and Trollope, among other notables. From the H. Barry Morris Collection.

    De Ricci, p. 182. Gimbel B296.


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