frontispiece and title page
The New York Public Library, Berg Collection of
English and American Literature

An advertising circular inserted in the third issue of Bentley's Miscellany (March 1837).

At the head of this eight-page promotional leaflet appears a woodcut showing the Miscellany's inaugural editor, as drawn by Phiz, leading a porter groaning under a huge crate laden with copies of the new magazine. The circular, which was written by Dickens, includes the "Speech of His Mightiness on Opening the Second Number of Bentley's Miscellany"; a roll call of the "Eminent Writers" making contributions to the Miscellany; a list of the contents of the first three numbers; and "A Few of the Opinions of the Press," excerpts from reviews of the new journal.

During his editorship of the Miscellany, Dickens clashed frequently with its proprietor, Richard Bentley, one of the Victorian era's most prominent publishers. But Dickens knew exactly what he was worth and what was his "due"; as early as September he was threatening to resign because of Bentley's meddling.