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Sketches by "Boz," illustrative of every-day life, and every day people. In two volumes. Illustrations by George Cruikshank. [ The second series. Complete in one volume.]
London: John Macrone, 1836 & 1837 - Together 2 works in 3 volumes. First series: original dark green regular-patterned straight-grain morocco cloth, spines blocked and lettered in gilt. Second series: original rose-pink morocco cloth, sides blocked in blind with a central wreath, spine blocked in blind with a circular pattern, lettered and decorated in gilt over a panel of cloth stained black, yellow endpapers. Housed in a burgundy flat back cloth solander box made by the Chelsea Bindery. Early ownership inscriptions of W. H. Lowndes to blank rectos of frontispiece in each vol. of the first series; "Osmond" inscription to front free endpaper of second series; lightly pencilled ownership inscriptions of Walter E. Smith. Very slight wear to extremities, light oxidisation to plates as often, still an excellent set in near-fine original condition. First series: frontispieces and 16 engraved plates. Second series: etched frontispiece, extra engraved title, and 8 engraved plates. First editions of Dickens's first books, both the first and second series, from the collection of the Dickens bibliographer Walter E. Smith. Eckel's contention that there were two issues of the second series, distinguished by the presence or lack of the list of illustrations (present here) has lost force over the years. Sadleir was puzzled by it, and Smith, having scrutinized 18 copies, finds that no consistent states of binding or printing can be associated with early or late copies. Smith notes that Macrone was anxious to print it in time for Christmas and hurried it through the presses, leaving many mistakes uncorrected. Eckel, pp. 11–13; Sadleir 699 & 700; Smith I, 1 & 2.
      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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