ALS, 3pp (sparsely written), 8vo, n.p., "Monday", n.d. To "Mark."

A BECKETT, GILBERT A.

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Autograph letter signed (signed on the integral leaf "Yours prematurely G.A. a.B.eckett.", the name being written vertically, one letter per line, and with the annotation "Observe the signature"), 3pp (sparsely written), 8vo, n.p., "Monday", n.d. To "Mark," jesting: "I can anticipate the feelings of surprise with which you will peruse a communication announcing the fact of my having this week come to the resolution of sending in SOME COPY on MONDAY." Annotated at the top in pencil in an unknown hand ("To Mark Lemon"). Glued to a larger sheet; splitting at several folds (pages nearly separated); some soiling; tape at left margin; in good to fair condition.

Mark Lemon (1809-1870); English author, first Editor of "Punch", a lifelong friend of Charles Dickens. It is possible that the collaboration referred to in this letter was George Cruikshank's Table-Book, Published at the Punch Office London 1845. Edited by A Beckett, the Table-Book was comprised of a number of sketches and verses, mostly humorous in content, by William Makepeace Thackeray (as "Michael Angelo Titmarsh"), Mark Lemon, the editor, et al., and illustrated by Cruikshank. (Item ID: 19170)



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