1895, The Gad’s Hill Gazette, Charles Dickens. This limited edition is one of 20 copies “reprinted from the original in the possession of S. Causley, Esq.” It is presented in its original blue printed paper wrappers.
About Dickens’ “The Gad’s Hill Gazette”
The “Gad’s Hill Gazette” was a family newspaper created by Charles Dickens for his children. It started in 1855 and continued until the author’s death in 1870. The Gazette featured stories, jokes, puzzles, and illustrations contributed by Dickens and his children. It provided a creative outlet for the Dickens family and entertained them during their time at Gad’s Hill Place.
The Gazette became a cherished tradition at Gad’s Hill Place, the Dickens family home in Kent, England. It provided a platform for the children to express themselves creatively and share their imaginations with each other and their parents. The content ranged from whimsical tales and humorous anecdotes to insightful observations on daily life.
Beyond its role as a family pastime, the “Gad’s Hill Gazette” reflected Dickens’ commitment to education and engagement with his children. Through the newspaper, he encouraged literacy, critical thinking, and storytelling skills in his offspring, nurturing their intellectual development in a playful and fun way.
August 5, 1865 Issue: Viewing Guild of Literature and Art Houses
This issue for August 5, 1865 records a family outing to Knebworth to “view the new houses, built by the society of the Guild, Literature, & Art. A very handsome lunch was given by Sir E B Lytton Bart, in the course of which he, and C. Dickens, Esq. delivered two brilliant speeches. Dancing then followed, and the Gad’s Hill party, who had spent a very pleasant day returned late at night.”
Though a facsimile, it is extremely scarce. The only known copy of the Gad’s Hill Gazette to have been sold at public auction was at Henkels’ Auction back in 1916. This piece was consigned directly from the Martin Nason Collection of Dickensiana.