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Sketches by Boz by  Charles Dickens - First Edition - 1839 - from Harpo Speaks (SKU: 1210)

Sketches by Boz

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Sketches by Boz: - 1839 original cloth binding

by Dickens, Charles

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  • good
  • hardcover
  • First
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About This Item

1839 Chapman and Hall first collected edition. 526 pages, with 40 illustrations by George Cruikshank. Original 1839 binding (uncommon), with vertical grained cloth and an embossed design on the board panels.

Condition of the book is Good. Condition issues are as noted below. Also, please carefully review the listing photos.

1) The board cloth shows significant wear. The color of the cloth has faded. The cloth has split where the board panels join with the spine. Four small stains from old tape repairs are visible at the corners of both the front and back boards.

2) Portions of the board cloth are missing on the spine. The top edge of the spine cloth is gone. There also is a long thin piece of cloth missing on the spine's lower right edge. This fragment of cloth has been retained (see last photo), and could be used if the spine cloth is to be repaired.

3) The front endpapers contain the prior owner's bookplate and signature. The owner was Basil Thomas Woodd, an attorney and Member of Parliament.

4) All of Cruikshank's illustrations are present. The plates were printed on different paper stock than the text portions of the book. The plate edges show browning. The actual illustrations, centered on each page, are not affected by the browning.

5) The preliminary leaves, including the two frontis illustrations, show moderate foxing. Interior pages are relatively free of foxing.

In sum, the book has significant condition issues, as might be expected for a 180 year old book that has been preserved as originally published.

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Sketches by Boz collected a rich and strange mixture of reportage, observation, fancy and fiction centred on the metropolis. It was Dickens's first book, published when he was twenty-four, and in it we find him walking the London streets, in theatres, pawnshops, law-courts, prisons, along the Thames, and on the omnibus, missing nothing, recording and transforming urban and suburban life into new terrain for literature. Sketches is a remarkable achievement, and looks towards Dickens's giant novels in its profusion of characters, its glimpses of surreal modernity and its limitless fund of pathos and comic invention.


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Sketches by Boz
Dickens, Charles
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Used - Good
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Chapman and Hall
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About the Seller

Harpo Speaks

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About Harpo Speaks

I've been a book collector for over thirty years. In the past several years I have started to do more online selling.In online sales, I believe there is no such thing as a dumb question, or too much information. Feel free to contact me with any questions, or if you would like more information (including more photos) on any of the items I have listed.


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