DescriptionCharles Dickens. The Uncommercial Traveller. London: Chapman and Hall, 1861.
First edition in book form. Octavo (7.5 x 4.785 inches; 190 x 124 mm.). , 264 pages plus pages 1-12 and 15-32 of the 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. Spine and upper portion of front cover faded to brown; light rubbing to corners and spine extremities, with a few small chips to cloth at head of spine and one tiny split at foot of spine; a few tiny stains and small areas of discoloration to the cloth on the covers. Armorial bookplate of Stephen George Holland on front pastedown. An excellent copy. Chemised in a half purple book-backed morocco over purple cloth slipcase with the spine lettered in gilt and decoratively panelled in gilt in compartments with black and brown morocco gilt onlays.
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). From the H. Barry Morris Collection.
Eckel, pp. 132-134. Gimbel A145. Smith II, 11.
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