First Reading Edition of The Story of Little DombeyCharles Dickens. The Story of Little Dombey. London: Bradbury & Evans, 1858.
First reading edition. Small octavo (6.75 x 4 .25 inches; 171 x 108 mm.). , 121, [1, blank], [1, advertisements], [1, blank] pages. In the series "Cheap and Uniform Editions of Mr. Dickens's Christmas Books."
Original green printed wrappers. Short split to spine at lower front joint. An excellent copy. Housed in a quarter niger morocco over reddish brown cloth slipcase by Sutcliffe & Sangorski for E. P. Dutton & Company (stamp-signed in blind). The slipcase spine has raised bands and three burgundy calf gilt lettering labels.
"Dickens first read The Story of Little Dombey in London on 10 June 1858 and its enormous popularity caused him to keep it in his repertoire for the rest of his reading career" (The Catalogue of the Suzannet Charles Dickens Collections, p. 13).
"In 1858, Bradbury and Evans printed special reading editions arranged by Dickens which included 'A Christmas Carol,' 'The Chimes,' 'The Cricket On the Hearth,' 'The Story of Little Dombey,' and 'The Poor Traveller,' 'Boots at the Holly-Tree Inn' and 'Mrs. Gamp,' the latter three being in one volume. Each was a 16 mo in size and uniformly bound in a green, printed pictorial paper wrapper" (Eckel, p. 215). From the H. Barry Morris Collection.
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