The HUMOURIST. By Boz, the Younger.; Illustrated with Numerous Comic Engravings. Dickens Parody, Robert - Cruikshank, Y. J. E. Carpenter, George Attree, Maurice - Contributors Harcourt, 1789 - 1856.

The HUMOURIST. By Boz, the Younger.; Illustrated with Numerous Comic Engravings.

London: W. Marshall, 24, Tavistock Street, Covent Garden, [1838]. 1st printing (presumed). 12, [36] pp. Publisher advert p. 4, advising all that "Marshall's Pocket-Book Business is Removed from 1, Holborn Bars." Contains 11 additional sketches: The Dilemma [anonymous, 2 pp], A Day at Epping [anonymous, 2 pp], We Must Go to Margate This Season [anonymous, 2 pp], My Maiden Speech [Carpenter, 2 pp], Good Shots [Attree, 2 pp], Balloning [anonymous, 1 pp], A Tale of Mystery [anonymous, 2 pp], I'll Have a Gala Night [by the author of 'Love for Light Hearts, &c', 2 pp], Our Festival Day [by the author of 'Random Rhymes, &c', 2 pp], A Progeny of a Punster [Harcourt, 1 p]. Frontis. T.p. vignette. 12 other illustrations, 11 full page, with contributions by at least 2 other, unidentified artists. 12mo. 7" x 4-1/2". Early, but probably not original, plain brown paper wrappers. Now housed in an archival mylar sleeve. Disbound. General wear & soiling to wrappers. Occasional soil & foxing. About Very Good. Item #49663

Date of printing determined from the dated advert, p. 4.

"Boz the Younger" signs [in type] the first two sketches: "Old Weller's Chapter of Fat, and Sam's Visit to see the Goswell Street Cattle Show"; "Sam Weller's Description of the Proclamation of Victoria I." Each one page in length. Given, at the time of this publication, Dickens was immersed in Oliver Twist & Nicholas Nickleby, we feel confident in saying this booklet was an effort to captialize on his burgeoning fame as Boz.

A rather rare early 19th C. illustrated publication; at the time of cataloguing, not found in any of the standard Dickens references, not found on COPAC, with OCLC listing just 3 institutional holdings [of only 12 pages].

Price: $375.00