and Some Uncollected Pieces. With Illustrations. Boston: Fields, Osgood, & Co., 1870. Original terra-cotta cloth.
First American Edition of the tale left unfinished at the time of Dickens's death in June 1870. In addition to DROOD, this volume includes James T. Fields's introductory "Some Memories of Charles Dickens," plus Dickens's "George Silverman's Explanation," "Holiday Romance," "Sketches of Young Couples," "New Uncommercial Samples" plus "The Will of Charles Dickens." Since 1867, Ticknor & Fields (and then Fields Osgood) had been Dickens's authorized publisher in America; they had serialized DROOD in their weekly Every Saturday, and then published this book in early September. (Ticknor & Fields had specifically commissioned Dickens to write "Holiday Romance," so that it could appear in their children's periodical Our Young Folks in 1868.) Harper also serialized DROOD in a monthly Dickens supplement to Harper's Weekly, but did not get their book edition out until late September.~This copy is in the original cloth, and is in very good condition (some foxing on the leaves, very minor external wear). Podeschi (Yale) A156; Carr (UTexas) B278; Wilkins p. 35. Item #12103