SKETCHES By BOZ. Illustrative of Every-Day Life and Every-Day People. New Edition, Complete. Charles Dickens, 1812 - 1870.

SKETCHES By BOZ. Illustrative of Every-Day Life and Every-Day People. New Edition, Complete.

Philadelphia: Lea and Blanchard, Successors to Carey & Co., 1839. 1st edition thus, 'Cheap' issue (Calinescu Catalogue I, 10; Edgar & Vail, p. 16; Gimbel A13, second copy; Smith AMERICAN, 1 [pp 18 - 20]; Wilkins, p. 11). [3] - 268 pp. Text double column. llustrated with 2 plates ["Private Theatres" & "The Gin Shop"] after George Cruikshank. Tall 8vo. 9-1/2" x 6". Original publisher's quater bound boards, with blue-green cloth spine, with printed paper title label. General wear & soiling to boards. Foxing throughout. An About VG copy. Item #37935

This the first US illustrated volume edition, albeit in the 'Cheap' format, and the first complete edition, i.e., containing 'The Public Life of Mr Tulrumble' and 'The Pantomime of Life'.

For the more economically inclined, Lea & Blanchard would issue these 'Cheap' volumes, in boards, with only 2 illustrations, vice the normal 20. See Smith for additional discussion of this marketing methodology.

Price: $475.00

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