London: 1851. 1st volume edition (NCBEL III, 818). iv, 620 pp. Text double column. 8vo. 9-1/2" x 6-1/8". Original publisher's green cloth binding with gilt stamped title lettering to spine & boards stamped in blind. Imprint of "McElrath and Barker" at base of spine. Pale yellow eps. Light blue bookseller ticket of Henry L Lantz / Reading PA to front paste-down. Gilt bright, volume square & tight. Spine ever so slightly sunned. Bit of age-toning to paper. Withal, a pleasing VG+ copy. Item #336.13
From the beginning of his authorial career, Dickens wished to be an editor. This ambition fully realized with the weekly publication of HOUSEHOLD WORDS, earlier editorial attempts not succeeding as hoped.