In: THE LIBRARY OF FICTION, or Family Story Teller; consisting of Original Tales, Essays, and Sketches of Character. With Fourteen Illustrations [in each volume]. Vol. I [& II]. London: Chapman and Hall, 1836/1837. Bound in contemporary half calf with marbled boards.
First Edition in book form. Chapman & Hall's monthly fiction periodical "The Library of Fiction" began in April 1836, starting right off in that issue with the sketch "The Tuggs's at Ramsgate" by a writer using the pseudonym "Boz." The third (June) issue included another, "A Little Talk about Spring and the Sweeps." When the Second Series of SKETCHES BY BOZ was published in December 1836, the latter tale was included (re-titled "The First of May"); "The Tuggs's at Ramsgate" was the only one of Dickens's periodical sketches that did not appear in either volume of SKETCHES BY BOZ -- but it was added when SKETCHES BY BOZ was subsequently issued in serial parts, from Nov 1837 through June 1839.
These two volumes contain the monthly issues of this new periodical, with preliminary leaves added for this book form (the second volume, issued in 1837, did not have any Dickens contributions but is included here). "The Tuggs's at Ramsgate" includes two plates by Seymour, and "Spring and the Sweeps" has one by Buss; both illustrators would soon be involved with PICKWICK PAPERS. Other contributors include Edward Mayhew, G.P.R. James, Douglas Jerrold, Mary Russell Mitford and the Countess of Blessington.
This set is bound in contemporary half calf with gilt-paneled spine and black leather spine label, and marbled paper-covered boards. Condition is very good (minor edgewear of the marbled boards, small worm-hole in the first few leaves of Vol II, dampmark in the margfin of some plates). See Podeschi E121. Item #10962