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    [Charles Dickens]. The Strange Gentleman; A Comic Burletta, in Two Acts. By "Boz." First Performed at the St. James's Theatre, on Thursday, September 29, 1836. London: Chapman and Hall, 1837 [i.e. 1871].

    Facsimile reprint of the first edition of Dickens' first produced play. Octavo (7.625 x 5 inches; 195 x 127 mm.). [4], 46, [2, blank] pp. Unopened.

    Original printed paper wrappers. Some light soiling, and wear to spine, but overall a very good copy.

    A charming copy of the "deceptive" (De Ricci) 1871 letterpress reprint of Dickens' first play, based on "The Great Winglebury Duel" (one of his Sketches by Boz). Dickens famously disavowed the play later in life as well as the story upon which it was based; in a November 13, 1843 letter he explained that "[B]oth these things were done without the least consideration or regard to reputation. ... I wouldn't repeat them for a thousand pounds apiece, and devoutly wish them to be forgotten" (The Letters of Charles Dickens, 3:598). From the H. Barry Morris Collection.

    De Ricci, p. 171 (note). Gimbel B41.


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