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THE CRICKET ON THE HEARTH
London: Bradbury & Evans, 1846. First edition. Fine. Early, possible intermediate state, not noted in Smith. Smith's first state has rear advertisement with two lines of italics, the second state includes a new heading, "NEW EDITION OF OLIVER TWIST" and has three lines in italics (Smith II.6). Our copy lacks the new heading, but has the three lines of italics, making it a likely intermediate state between the first and second states of the ads. Small 8vo: (viii), 174, [2]; complete. A Fine copy in fresh cloth with bright gilt and completely unrestored. Minor wear on end pages and a few leaves with bends at the top corner, but overall a sharp copy.& & Dickens' charming third Christmas book was an immediate success and was more frequently performed on stage than his "Christmas Carol" for many years. As the title suggests, a magical cricket living on the fireplace hearth protects a poor family from dangers. The novel ends as did "A Christmas Carol" with the redemption of a hard-hearted old curmudgeon. A fresh, early example of the book with a rare state of the final advertisement, not noted in Smith or Sadlier. Additional images available upon request. Fine.
      [Bookseller: Whitmore Rare Books]
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