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].