SKETCHES BY "BOZ", Illustrative of Every-Day Life and Every-Day People. WITH SKETCHES BY "BOZ", THE SECOND SERIES
(Dickens, Charles) "Boz"
Price: 7,950.00 USD
(London: James Macrone, 1836, 1837), RARE FIRST EDITIONS OF BOTH WORKS. SKETCHES BY BOZ was Dickens first work to be published in book form. "It is a fact that first books by authors that go on to attain great eminence are the most difficult to acquire in collector's condition. Early in the collecting period of Dickens' publications it seems that the very best copies came to the surface first. Then the state of the books began to wane until at the present period Sketches by Boz make an appearance far from satisfactory." This is especially true with Dickens. In addition to the importance of Dickens in world literature, this 'Sketches' also features the light-hearted illustrations of George Cruikshank. The Second Series contains a catalogue of Macrone publications and features an ad for the novel GABRIEL VARDON by Charles Dickens, which would be reissued as BARNABY RUDGE. Dickens received only £400 as his share of the 'Sketches' while Macrone received ten times that amount. Because 'Pickwick' was by this time a "stupendous" success, Macrone decided to issue 'Sketches' in monthly parts. He was the absolute owner of the copyright and so decided to "press the popularity of the rising young author to the limit." But Dickens began to consider his deal with Macrone a bad one and backed by Chapman and Hall, bought the rights for £2250. As partners they published 'Sketches' in parts and went on to publish the bulk of Dickens' work. 3 volumes. First editions of both works. 8vo, in a fine full olive morocco binding signed by Zaehnsdorf, ruled in gilt on covers. Very fine gilt decorations and lettering between raised bands of the spine. Gilt turn-ins. Fine decorative end-papers. 348; 342; 377, 17 ads. pp. A fine set, the binding very handsome with the spines lightly toned to honey.