London: The Argonaut Press, 1933. First Edition. Hardcover. First Printing of this consideration of Charles Dickens's first published work. Demy 8vo (214 x 136): x,145,pp, with portrait frontispiece and four further plates on inserted leaves. Addendum slip tipped in preceding p. 143. Publisher's green cloth spine over mottled green paper-covered boards, paper title label printed in back to spine, green textured dust jacket printed in black and priced 7/6. Covers very lightly faded, but a superb, unread example, tightly bound, fresh and bright throughout. Fine / Fine. Item #BB2254
Dickens's first published work, "A Dinner at Poplar Walk" (parody of a party, with wealthy old bachelor forced to spend an evening with disagreeable relatives), first appeared in the December 1833 edition of The Monthly Magazine, or British Register of Politics, Literature, Art, Science, and the Belles Lettres, and then, greatly revised, in Sketches by Boz (Second Series, 1836), as "Mr. Minns and his Cousin." Darton also wrote, with Charles Sawyer, English Books 1475-1900: A Signpost for Collectors. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).