First Edition of Pictures from Italy in the Original ClothCharles Dickens. Pictures from Italy. The Vignette Illustrations on Wood by Samuel Palmer. London: Published for the Author, by Bradbury & Evans, 1846.
First edition. Small octavo (6.875 x 4.4375 inches; 175 x 113 mm.). , 269, , [2, advertisement] pages. Four wood-engraved vignette illustrations by Samuel Palmer (title-page, p. , p. , and p. ). This copy has all of the internal flaws listed by Smith. In this copy, the comma is present after "Wood" in the fourth line of text on the title-page.
Publisher's primary binding of blue fine-diaper cloth with covers decoratively panelled in blind and spine decoratively stamped and ruled in blind and lettered in gilt. Original pale yellow coated endpapers. Corners bumped, spine very slightly faded, gilt on spine a little rubbed, a few tiny splits to cloth at spine extremities, some slight discoloration to cloth on covers, hinges just starting. Paper slightly browned at the edges, occasional minor soiling. Tiny adhesion to outer blank margin of p. 1, portion of upper blank corner of B5 (pp. 9/10) torn away, small portion of lower blank corner of N1 (pp. 177/178) torn away, a few additional tiny marginal tears. Over-opened between pp. 64 and 65 and pp. 160 and 161. Pencilled signature on front free endpaper. A very good copy.
"The illustrator originally chosen for Pictures from Italy was Clarkson Stanfield, but he resigned his commission to supply twelve plates because the book seemed to him to have an anti-Catholic bias...Samuel Palmer was appointed in Stanfield's place, but was able to complete only four woodblocks, showing the Villa d'Este, the Colosseum, the Street of the Tombs at Pompeii, and a group of peasants harvesting in a vineyard" (Oxford Reader's Companion to Dickens, p. 450).
Eight numbered sketches in this book originally appeared in The Daily News from 21 January through 11 March 1846 under the title: "Travelling Letters. Written on the Road." Dickens modified these sketches and added others from letters to his friend John Forster for book publication. Pictures from Italy was published in book form on May 18, 1846. 6s. From the H. Barry Morris Collection.
Eckel, pp. 126-127. Gimbel A98. Smith II, 7.
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