Description[Charles Dickens]. Sketches by Boz: Illustrative of Every-Day Life, and Every-Day People. London: John Macrone, 1836. Second edition. Two twelvemo volumes. [i-iii], [iv, mis-paginated ii], [v], [vi, mis-paginated iv], [vii]-viii, 348 pages; [iv], 342 pages (rear blank removed). No half-titles called for in either volume. Sixteen etched plates by George Cruikshank. Publisher's dark green embossed pebble-grain cloth with spines decoratively stamped and lettered in gilt. Yellow coated endpapers. Minor shelf wear and rubbing to the boards. Corners rubbed. Bookplates to front pastedowns. Remnants of ownership stamp to title pages, partially erased. Scattered foxing throughout. Edges of plates toned. Volume two slightly shelf-cocked and over-opened at pages 1 and 312. Otherwise, a near fine copy. From the Victor Gulotta Collection.
"Sketches by Boz was first published on February 8, 1836 at one guinea. A second edition with a new preface dated 1st August 1836 was published on August 10, 1836 [six months later]" (Smith I, 1 (p. 7)).
"Second edition of the first series. Type was completely reset for this edition which came out in November 1836. The new preface is dated 'Furnival's Inn, 1st August, 1836'" (Carr).
Carr B3. Gimbel A2.
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