SKETCHES BY BOZ Illustrative of Every-Day Life and Every-Day People

Dickens, Charles] Boz

Published by London Chapman and Hall 1839, 1839
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First complete edition. First Combined Edition in book form. First Impression. With 40 illustrations by George Cruikshank. 8vo, early three-quarter crushed morocco and marbled boards, the spine handsomely and ornately decorated in gilt within panels between raised bands of the spine. viii, 526. A fine copy. This is the first book edition complete with the forty Cruikshank plates and the first one volume combined edition. This is also the first impression with the publisher’s address "186 Strand". Dickens took the pseudonym from a nickname he had given his younger brother Augustus, whom he called "Moses" after a character in Oliver Goldsmith's The Vicar of Wakefield. This, "being facetiously pronounced through the nose," became "Boses", which in turn was shortened to "Boz". The name remained coupled with "inimitable" until "Boz" eventually disappeared and Dickens became known as, simply, "The Inimitable". The popularity of Dickens's writings was enhanced by the regular inclusion of detailed illustrations to highlight key scenes and characters. Bookseller Inventory # 12615

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Title: SKETCHES BY BOZ Illustrative of Every-Day ...

Publisher: London Chapman and Hall 1839

Publication Date: 1839

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: 1st Edition

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