Here's a rare Charles Dickens work highlighting his benevolence. In 1852 he wrote an appeal, which appeared in "Household Words", asking readers to help with St. Luke's Hospital for Lunatics. In 1860, the hospital decided to re-issue the appeal, as its own printed work, to raise money for further improvements. This is the second state of that printing, the first had purple wrappers and they failed to highlight "the ask". This second issue has pinkish wrappers and the request for donations emboldened.
Physical Attributes -
Measures approx. 18 x 12 cm. Paper Wrappers. 20 pages.
See pictures. Well worn, with waviness to the boards, a little chipping at the edges and etc.. The pamphlet has been folded in half at some point; the crease remains. A light mylar wrap protects the original wrap (and looks to have done so for some time), that is only taped to itself, not the wrapper. 1 cm hole in front wrapper, text is not affected. A label is pasted to the back of the front wrapper that says, "Dickens (C.) A Curious Dance Round A Curious Tree, original wrappers 1852". Bookseller note in pencil at top of 1st page stating bibliographic reference, "Page 188, Eckel's Bibliography", dog eared at bottom corner. Bottom corner bumped through rest of the pamphlet. Some toning to pages, more at edges. Slight moisture mark at top edge, does not intrude down to the printing. Spot at very bottom edge throughout, does not approach printing.
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