Memoirs of Joseph Grimaldi, edited by "Boz".

DICKENS Charles (1838.)

£1200.00  [First Edition]

Available to view at our Curzon Street shop.

With illustrations by George Cruikshank. First edition, first issue. 8vo. Original purple-brown cloth with spines pictorially decorated in gilt. London, Richard Bentley.

In two volumes. First issue identified by the plate in Vol II at p. 238 in its first state, without the "grotesque" border that was later added around Cruikshank's plate. It also has the 36 page ad catalogue, which is only usually present in the first issue copies. This set is bound in purple-brown vertically-ribbed cloth with gilt clowns decorating the spines; this is usually considered the secondary binding, although (as here) some first issue copies appear in this binding. Condition is remarkably close to fine, with the spine gilt still gleaming, though the binding is slightly cracked at pp.96-97 of volume two. The original pale yellow endpapers remain intact, with an ownership inscription dated 1843 on the front free endpaper of each volume. Foxing on the plates is minor and generally limited to the margins. Matches Podeschi B64 third and fourth copies. In a stout, functional leatherbound case.

Stock Code: 130366

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