first edition White paper wrappers, with front cover have an stipple engraved image of Dickens, after Maclise, surrounded by a floral chromoli
1842 · Boston
by Dickens, Charles [1812 - 1870] - Subject. Holmes, Oliver Wendell [1809 - 1894]. White, E[dward]. L[ittle. 1809 - 1851]
Boston: Published by Henry Prentiss 33 Court St, 1842. 1st edition thus (Miller, p. 226; Tilton, p. 515). Not in Gimbel, though see H783 with a similar publication by W. H. Oakes, citing music by James G. Meader. White paper wrappers, with front cover have an stipple engraved image of Dickens, after Maclise, surrounded by a floral chromolithographed border [by Thayer & Co, Boston]. Age-toning & light foxing. Evidence of being previously bound. Very Good.. Unpaginated, though 4 pages. Small folio: 13" x 10"
The referenced dinner was sponsored by a committee of 'Young Men of Boston', who had extended their invitation to the also young, but already famous, author before he left England. The dinner was held in Papanti's Hall, with Josiah Quincy Jr as Chair, who was ably assisted by Oliver Wendell Holmes & Nathan Hale Jr; the young James T. Fields was a guest. Also in attendance was "Josiah Quincy Sr, the president of Harvard, Washington Allston, the poet & artist; George Bancroft, the Historian, & Richard Henry Dana Jr. ... Letters were read from Prescott, Washington Irving, William Ellery Channing, Judge Story, and others, regretting their inability to be there." OCLC records 4 holding institutions. Rare in the trade.
(Inventory #: 45485)