First One-Volume Book Edition[Charles Dickens]. Sketches by Boz Illustrative of Every-Day Life and Every-Day People. With Forty Illustrations by George Cruikshank. New Edition, Complete. London: Chapman and Hall, 1839.
First one-volume book edition. Octavo (8.375 x 5.25 inches; 212 x 134 mm.). viii, 248, 241-526, [2, blank] pages. This copy has pages 241-248 in duplicate, the first group of eight pages unsigned, the second group signed as gathering Y. Forty etched plates by George Cruikshank, including frontispiece and added vignette title.
Modern half reddish brown morocco, ruled in gilt, over brown buckram boards. Spine ruled and tooled in gilt with black morocco label ruled and lettered in gilt. Edges sprinkled brown. Binder's ticket on rear pastedown: "C. A. Carpenter, Jr. / Bookbinder / Shrewsbury, Mass."
"A total of forty plates were drawn and etched by George Cruikshank for this octavo edition, of which twenty-seven are the original designs as they appeared in the First and Second Series of the Sketches published in volume form 1836-7; these, however, were enlarged in size to match an additional thirteen etchings" (Hatton and Cleaver, p. 105).
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