DICKENS, Charles. "Holiday Romance." In: Our Young Folks. An Illustrated Magazine for Boys and Girls. Numbers 37, 39, 40, and 41. Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1868.
4 volumes, 8o (223 x 150 mm). "Our Young Folks Advertiser" at end of each volume, "Atlantic Monthly" slip bound between pp. 24 and 25 of number 37. Engraved frontispiece portrait of Dickens, five plates (four by John Gilbert to illustrate Holiday Romance), numerous wood-engravings and musical notation throughout. (Lightly browned, one or two spots, gentle central vertical crease, edges a bit chipped and creased.) Original orange pictorial printed paper wrappers, uncut (extremities chipped, a few pale stains); brown cloth slipcase. Provenance: Maggie C. Cullen (contemporary signatures on numbers 37 and 39); Kenyon Starling.
FIRST EDITION. Commissioned by Ticknor and Fields for £1000. The second part did not appear in number 38 because the plates were not ready on time. Published simultaneously in All the Year Round. A collection of four short stories written from the point of view of two small boys (stories about William Tinkling and Captain Braveheart) and two small girls (fairy tales about Princess Alicia who lives in a country where the adults obey the children). Davis, p. 182; Eckel, p. 200; Yale/Gimbel E154.
[HOLIDAY ROMANCE]. -- DICKENS, Charles. The Magic Fishbone. London: Frederick Warne & Co., .
Oblong 8o (182 x 212 mm). Illustrated by F.D. Bedford. Original cloth-backed pictorial boards (some soiling and light wear, front cover slightly bowed). Provenance: Laura Brown (signature on front free endpaper).
Later edition, originally published in 1868 as part of the series of tales titled Holiday Romance. These tales were "written" by children on holiday who are pretending to be grown up. The Magic Fishbone is written by Miss Alice Rainbird, aged seven, and centers around Princess Alicia, the eldest of 19 children in a very rambunctious Victorian family. With the help of a magic fishbone, Alicia manages to bring about some badly needed changes in the family. Yale/Gimbel B301. (5)