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    Charles Dickens. The Uncommercial Traveller. London: Chapman and Hall, 1861. First edition in book form.

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    Octavo. [8], 264 pages plus 32-page publisher's catalogue, dated December, 1860.

    Publisher's primary binding of light reddish purple wavy-grain cloth over boards. Covers decoratively panelled in blind, spine ruled in blind at head and foot and decoratively stamped and lettered in gilt, with the title and author's name formed of the cloth. Original yellowish white coated endpapers. Ex-library copy (possibly private library), with black manuscript shelf numbers to the base of the spine. Binding is skewed. Binding cloth mostly faded to brown; wear to corners and spine extremities, with chips to cloth and some loss at head and tail of spine and one split at the bottom of the rear joint; a few small areas of discoloration to the cloth on the covers. Hinges cracked. Remnants of removed bookplate or label on front pastedown. Top fore-edge corner of title page torn away (about 1.5 by 2.5 inches). A good copy.

    The seventeen papers in this volume originally appeared in the weekly journal All the Year Round in 1860. Although the title-page is dated 1861, The Uncommercial Traveller was first published in book form on December 15, 1860.

    "These sketches grew out of the Author's increasing infirmities. He was greatly scourged by insomnia, and he looked for a cure in long walks at night. His wanderings took him all over London at a time when the great city presented altered points of observation than during the day. Also the country would be included. In the face of such distressful physical conditions Dickens produced a number of impressions which paid fine tribute to his camera-like eye and his remarkable fancy" (Eckel).

    "The collector who owns a copy of this book without a faded back may consider himself a lucky man. The indefensible color of the binding could lead to no other condition" (Eckel).

    Eckel, pp. 132-134. Gimbel A145. Smith II, 11.



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