The Cricket on the Hearth. A Fairy Tale of Home.
London: Printed and Published for the Author, By Bradbury and Evans...MDCCCXLVI (1846) . 8vo., [viii], -174, [2, ads] pp., steel engraved frontis and titlepage, and 12 woodcuts in text. Original horizontally-ribbed cloth; the front and back cover stamped in blind with a floral border, with gilt-stamped titling, authors name and fireplace illustration, and backstrip stamped in gilt with title surrounded by a wreath below which is the authors name also in gilt, a.e.g., pale yellow endpapers. Backstrip has some tears at joints, board edges rubbed, corners bumped, and some small scattered stains and discoloration to cloth, internally bright: very good. Contemporary ink inscription to first free endpaper. First edition in original cloth binding complete with binders sticker. With all the internal flaws noted by Smith except lucky on page 79 which is noted to only appear flawed in some copies. Oliver Twist ad does not match the first or second state in Smith. Illustrations were designed by John Leech, Richard Doyle, Clarkson Stanfield, Daniel Maclise and Edwin Landseer. Engravers include Thompson, the Dalziel brothers, T. Williams, Swain, and Groves. The Cricket... sprang from the idea to begin a weekly periodical which wouldve been called The Cricket, though was abandoned quickly for a more important venture and the founding of The Daily News. The Cricket was wildly successful, doubling in circulation of both its predecessors. Smith II, 6. Eckel 125-126.
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