[DICKENS, Charles]. Sketches by "Boz," Illustrative of Every-day Life, and Every-day People. London: John Macrone, 1836.
2 volumes, 8o bound in 6s and 12s (199 x 120). Two frontispieces and 14 etched plates by George Cruikshank lightly tipped-in (a bit browned). (Lightly browned, one or two spots.) Original embossed leaf-patterned green cloth, gilt-lettered inside a gilt cartouche on spines, uncut (extremities bumped, one or two stains); quarter green morocco gilt slipcase.
Provenance: E.R. (pencilled notation dated 17 April 1851 at end of volume one); E. Hubert Litchfield (bookplates); Winston Henry Hagen (bookplates); Kenyon Starling (bookplates).
FIRST EDITION OF DICKENS'S FIRST WORK TO APPEAR IN BOOK FORM with Preface dated February 1836. All these sketches previously published with the exception of "A Visit to Newgate," "The Black Veil," and "The Great Winglebury Duel," which are first published here. Eckel, p. 11; Sadleir 699; Smith I:1.
[DICKENS, Charles]. Sketches by Boz: Illustrative of Every-Day Life, and Every-Day People. The Second Series. Complete in One Volume. London: John Macrone, 1837.
8o bound in 12s (197 x 125 mm). 20-page publisher's catalogue dated December 1836 at end. Frontispiece, vignette title and 8 etched plates by George Cruikshank (lightly browned). Original rose-pink beaded cloth, covers decorated with broad border of blind fillets and central wreath, spine in four blind stamped compartments, lettered in gilt within gilt cartouche in one and "Second Series - Macrone 1837" at foot, uncut, yellow coated endpapers by Remnant & Edmonds (extremities bumped, spine faded and a bit chipped at the foot).
FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE. Without the list of illustrations, frontispiece is "Vauxhall Gardens", commas are legible in imprint on "The Free and Easy", first page of "Contents" has 13 rather than 17 lines, with "Vol.III" unerased from the foot of each plate: "these would certainly seem to represent an earlier (and perhaps suppressed) issue of the book... the only possible explanation seems to be that Macrone and Dickens planned Sketches by Boz as a three-volume work, and that the plates were prepared for the third volume in uniform style with those of Vols. I and II. Possibly Dickens then insisted on adding more material than a normal third volume could accommodate, and a Second Series in one bulky vol. was forced on the publisher... the irregular spacing of the plates certainly implies that they had been engraved ahead, as embellishments for a portion only of the Sketches." (Sadleir). In addition the gilding on spine has been applied without black pigment first.
Publishing Dickens's sketches "Our Next-Door Neighbours" and "The Drunkard's Death" for the the first time. Together these three volumes represent the first collected publication of Dickens's periodical papers previously published in The Monthly Magazine; The Morning Chronicle; The Evening Chronicle; Bell's Life in London and Sporting Chronicle; The Carlton Chronicle of Politics, Literature, Science and Art; The Library of Fiction, or Family Story-teller between 1833 and 1836. Eckel, pp. 12-13; Sadleir 700; Smith I:2. A FINE SET. (3)