The Lamplighter. A Farce...now first printed from a manuscript in the Forster Collection at the South Kensington Museum. London: privately printed, 1879
8vo (177 x 121mm.), NO.42 OF 250 COPIES, rebound in crushed red morocco gilt, red coated endpapers, half-title, original upper wrapper bound in
Dickens wrote this "unfortunate little farce" at the request of W.C. Macready, but it was withdrawn whilst in rehearsal. The author later rewrote it as a story and it appeared as "The Lamplighter's Story" in The Picnic Papers. The manuscript (not in Dickens' hand) was found in the Forster Collection by Richard Herne Shepherd and issued in this limited edition of 250 copies.
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