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Cricket on the Hearth
1846. First Edition . DICKENS, Charles. The Cricket on the Hearth. London: Bradbury and Evans, 1846. Small octavo, mid-20th century full crushed brown morocco, elaborately gilt-decorated spines, raised bands, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt. $1800.First edition of Dickens’ third Christmas Book, illustrated with frontispiece, vignette title page, and 12 illustrations by Leech, Doyle, Landseer and Stanfield—six of the plates engraved by Edward Dalziel, with three autograph notes signed by him laid in—in handsome morocco-gilt with original cloth bound in by Worsfold.Beginning in 1843 with A Christmas Carol, Dickens published five Christmas-themed books for the holiday season, creating a new literary genre in the process. The Cricket on the Hearth was the third in the series, and ""it is said to rank second in importance as a Christmas Book"" after the Carol (Eckel, 119). It is ""perhaps most affecting still for its portrait of a blind girl whose father has over the years created for her a wonderfully bright and luxurious world in which she believes she lives; no one was better at such effects than Dickens"" (Ackroyd, 483). Without advertisement leaves. Smith II:6. Gimbel A92. Eckel, 119-20. Six of the plates in this book were engraved by the Dalziel Brothers. Edward ""was in business at first, but spent much of his spare time studying art, finally joining his brother George in London in 1839 as a wood engraver"" (Houfe, 111). From 1855-75, ""wood-engraving reached its zenith in the work of the Dalziel brothers… As patrons of illustrators and producers of books illustrated by teams of artists, the Dalziels attained a position of great importance"" (Harthan, 205). These undated autograph notes from Edward Dalziel concern the selection of subjects for illustration and delays in production, one due to his own illness and another due to an artist's time requirements.Inoffensive light soiling, old folds, small tape repairs to autograph notes; small marginal chip to one note, not affecting text. Book lovely. Very nearly fine condition.
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