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Sketches by "Boz," illustrative of every-day life, and every day people
London: John Macrone,, 1836 & 1837. In two volumes. Illustrations by George Cruikshank. [… The second series. Complete in one volume.] 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. Individually housed in matching green half morocco book-form slipcases, with chemises. First series with a little unobtrusive cloth repair to joints, front board of vol. I slightly cockled, small split to cloth at centre of rear joint of vol. II, front free endpaper in vol. I beginning to separate from following leaf; second series neatly rebacked with original spine laid down with loss of lower lettering panel, spine a little faded, inner hinges cracked but holding firm. Together, very occasional light spotting but generally clean, the plates with slight oxidisation as usual: a very good set. First series: frontispieces and 16 engraved plates. Second series: etched frontispiece, extra engraved title, and 8 engraved plates. With 2 plates by Cruikshank for later editions loosely inserted. Book plates of Frederic S. Clarke, the Dickens collector Robert Lloyd Henderson (plate dated 1932), and Alain de Suzannet (1882?-1950). First editions of Dickens's first books, both the first and second series, from the collection of Comte Alain de Suzannet, one of the finest ever assembled (sold at auction, Sotheby's, 1971, lot 5), having previously been in two similarly celebrated collections. 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.
      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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