Memoirs of Joseph Grimaldi edited by Charles Dickens
A scarce find of first edition, first issue 2 volumes of The Memoirs of Joseph Grimaldi edited by “Boz” with illustrations by George Cruikshank. Richard Bentley. Cohn 237; Eckel page 140. First issue without the “grotesque” border to the final plate.
Two volumes with original pink cloth boards with blind stamped floral designs. Gilt lettering on the faded spine. Frayed spine ends and dust soiling of the covers. Some chipping to the spine ends. Good tight binding. 12 etched black and white plates by George Cruikshank including the engraved portrait frontpiece. Spotted throughout the volumes and some offsetting of the plates. 8vo with 36 pages of publishers catalogue at the rear. 288 and 263 pp.
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