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    [Charles Dickens, editor]. The Pic Nic Papers. By Various Hands. Edited by Charles Dickens, Esq....With Illustrations by George Cruikshank, Phiz, &c. In Three Volumes. London: Henry Colburn, Publisher, 1841.

    First edition, first issue, with the Cox and Son imprint on the verso of the title-page of Volume I and the error "publisher young" on p. [iii] of the Introduction. Three twelvemo volumes (7.8125 x 4.8125 inches; 199 x 123 mm.). vi, [1, list of illustrations], [1, blank], 323, [1, blank] plus [8] pages publisher's advertisements, dated May, 1841; [4], 298 pages plus [8] pages publisher's advertisements, dated May, 1841; [4], 378, [2, advertisements] pages. Volume I with two etched plates by George Cruikshank and two by H. K. Browne ("Phiz"), Volume II with four etched plates by H. K. Browne ("Phiz"), and Volume III with six lithographed plates by Day & Haghe after R. J. Hamerton.

    Volume I with printer's imprint on the verso of the title-page: London: Cox and Son, Printers, Great Queen Street, and at the foot of p. 323: Printed by J. L. Cox and Sons, 75, Great Queen Street, Lincoln's-Inn Fields. Volume II with printer's imprint on the verso of the title-page: London: Printed by G. J. Palmer, Savoy Street, and at the foot of p. 298: London: Printed by G. J. Palmer, Savoy Street, Strand. Volume III with printer's imprint on the verso of the title-page: London: Whiting, Beaufort House, Strand, and at the foot of p. 378: Whiting, Beaufort House, Strand.

    Publisher's original green vertically-ribbed cloth with covers decoratively panelled in blind and spines ruled in blind and lettered in gilt. Neatly recased, with pale yellow coated endpapers renewed. Spines faded to brown, each volume with cloth strengthened at head and tail of spine. Some foxing and browning, Volume I with short tear to lower margin of frontispiece. Volume II with small paper repair to upper blank corner of frontispiece and small adhesion to p. 323, just affecting two letters.

    Cohn 236. Eckel, pp. 143-145. Gimbel B109.


    More Information:

    "A three-volume anthology of miscellaneous pieces by various authors, edited by Dickens, to benefit the widow and infant children of 28-year-old publisher John Macrone, who died suddenly in September of 1837. Dickens began assembling contributions for the book in February of 1838; eventually he contributed a brief Introduction and a short tale, 'The Lamplighter's Story', adapted from his unsuccessful farce The Lamplighter, as well as editing contributions by William Harrison Ainsworth, Thomas Moore, Leitch Ritchie, Agnes Strickland, and others. After many frustrating delays the anthology was finally published on 9 August 1841; it included six engravings by Hablot K. Browne and two by George Cruikshank. The frontispiece, an illustration for 'The Lamplighter's Story' titled 'The Philosopher's Stone', proved to be Cruikshank's last collaboration with Dickens. Mrs Macrone ultimately received £450 from this charitable publishing venture" (Oxford Reader's Companion to Dickens, p. 443).



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