Sergeant Bell, and his Raree-Show.London: Thomas Tegg, 1839 Stock Code: 138172
NotesFirst edition. The book was once often accepted to be by Dickens, and indeed the binding here states Dickens as the author. However this is a fallacy - Dickens had originally agreed to write this book at the request of the publisher, but negotiations were cancelled. As Eckel notes "This is the third of the books illustrated by George Cruikshank with which Dickens' name has been associated. There appears to be absolutely no reason for this connection". The correct attribution is George Moggridge. Even so, it is often included in collections of Dickens, and of Cruikshank.
Sextodecimo (135 x 104 mm). Early 20th-century red morocco by C. J. Sawyer (their gilt monogram to rear pastedown), spine lettered in gilt, gilt turn-ins, blue endpapers, top edge gilt. Original cloth bound in at rear.
Frontispiece and other illustrations within text by Cruikshank and others.
Spine lightly darkened with very minor rubbing at extremities. A near-fine copy.
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