Author: Dickens, Charles
Illustrator: Cruikshank, George
Publisher: Chapman and Hall
Place of Publication: London
Year Published: 1839
First bound edition, sketches by George Cruikshank. Originally published in two series/three volumes, ‘Chapman and Hall obtained the copyright of Sketches in 1837, they published all of them in twenty monthly parts from November 1837 through June 1839. Cruikshank designed a cover, enlarged the plates…and created 13 new illustrations for these monthly parts. In May 1839, Chapman and Hall published these parts complete in one volume with all 40 of Cruikshank’s illustrations’ (Walter E. Smith, Charles Dickens in the Original Cloth), hence the ‘New Edition’ referred to on the title page. Half title page has the “Vote for Spruggins” illustration, full page drawing before title page has crowd waving to two gentlemen in a balloon, indicative of first ‘one volume’ edition published. First issue point present on page 526 of ‘reeledbefore’ without space between, title page shows publisher’s name and address (186 Strand). All 40 illustrations present, but are heavily toned, not affecting the text. Volume appears to have been rebound, ‘Bound by Bolton, Knightsbridge’ stamp on rear pastedown page. Half bound in navy leather with marbled boards, endpapers, and edges. Five raised bands on leather spine, compartments 1, 3, 4, and 5 with gilt decorations, compartment 2 red leather label with title in gilt, compartment 6 gilt device of the head of a double-horned animal. PO armorial bookplate on front pastedown endpaper. Volume recently had some restoration work done by a conservation expert, see seller for details. Boards lightly rubbed, endpapers in excellent condition. Text block is tight and square, pages other than illustration pages just beginning to tone, minimal scattered foxing, one very small one-quarter inch tear to top of pg. 157. Overall a near fine copy, but grading VG due to conservation work having been done and toning to illustration pages.