London: Printed and Published for the Author by Bradbury & Evans, 1846. 1st edition, with 2nd state of the OT advert (Eckel, p. 119; Smith II, 6). , 174,  pp. Advert last 2 pp. 14 illustrations by Leech, et al. 8vo. 6-3/4" x 4-3/16". Original publisher's red cloth binding, with gilt stamping to front board & spine. AEG. Pale yellow eps. Bright gilt. Slight lean. Very minor wear. A handsome VG+ copy. Item #6603.5
Cricket was Dickens' 3rd Christmas book, debuting 20 December 1845, and quickly requiring 2 additional editions. The story one of allaying a husband's suspicions, when he sees his young wife talking with another gentleman; said suspicions laid to rest by the work's supernatural agent, the Cricket. While not capturing the public's favor as did his initial foray into Christmas novellas with Christmas Carol, "Andrew Sanders has argued that it has key similarities to Shakespearean comedy and should be seen 'both as a significant indication of the tastes of the 1840s and Dickens himself.'" [as quoted by Schlicke in the Reader's Companion to Dickens, p. 124.].