Item #15251 MR. NIGHTINGALE'S DIARY: A Farce in One Act. Charles Dickens.

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

Boston: James R. Osgood and Company, 1877. Original terra-cotta cloth decorated in black.

First "Collectible" Edition of this play first performed in 1851. We say first "collectible" because there are only four known copies of the original 1851 pamphlet; supposedly a fifth, from which Osgood printed this edition, was destroyed in the Boston fire of 1879. This is a volume in the publisher's "Vest Pocket Series," so named for its diminutive size (a second Dickens "comic burletta" was published in this series the same year -- IS SHE HIS WIFE?).

This copy is terra-cotta in color; others are green, without priority. It is a bright, near-fine copy (very slight rubbing at the very tips of the binding) -- quite uncommon in this condition. Eckel pp 64-5. Although not so identified, this copy came from the collection of the major Dickens collector Martin Nason. Item #15251

Price: $850.00

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