Item #51048 The ENTIRELY NEW And ORIGINAL DRAMA In Three Parts, Entitled, The CRICKET On The HEARTH. A Fairy Tale of Home, Dramatized by Albert Smith, Esq. (Member of the Dramatic Authors' Socioety), From Early Proofs of thw Work, buy the Express Permission of the Author, Charles Dickens, Esq.; As Performed at the Thratre Royal Lyceum. Price One Shilling. Charles . Smith Dickens, Albert - Dramatization, 1812 - 1870.

The ENTIRELY NEW And ORIGINAL DRAMA In Three Parts, Entitled, The CRICKET On The HEARTH. A Fairy Tale of Home, Dramatized by Albert Smith, Esq. (Member of the Dramatic Authors' Socioety), From Early Proofs of thw Work, buy the Express Permission of the Author, Charles Dickens, Esq.; As Performed at the Thratre Royal Lyceum. Price One Shilling.

London: Printed and Published by W. S. Johnson, "Nassau Steam Press," 60, St. Martin's Lane. 1845. 1st printing (Gimbel C96; Vanderpoel B411). Cf. Bolton, CRICKET 1, who notes editions of 15 & 31 pp, not this one of 39 pp. 39, [1 (blank)] pp. 16mo. 7" x 4-1/4". Original publisher's buff [white?] printed wrappers, sewn. W. S. Johnson "Nassau Steam Press" advert to insider rear wrapper. Now housed in an archival mylar sleeve. Age-toning, with some minor edge chipping to the front wrapper. Very Good. Item #51048

Cricket was Dickens' 3rd Christmas book, debuting 20 December 1845. "Here again Dickens anticipated theatrical piracy, apparently joining forces with at least one theatrical management and playwright. The distinguished Keeleys and Albert Smith of the Lyceum evidently got proof-sheets from a cooperative Boz to assist them in launching a 'Cricket' on 20th Dec., 1845" [Bolton, p. 273].

Price: $950.00