Now First Collected. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1880. 6 pp undated ads (plus endpaper ads). Original cream cloth decorated in black.
First American Edition, issued as No. 114 in Holt's "Leisure Hour Series." THE MUDFOG PAPERS had originally appeared in America in the 1830s in the American Bentley's Miscellany, and one of them, "The Public Life of Mr. Tulrumble," was included in an 1837 Lea & Blanchard collection of sketches; the other papers' first appearance in book form was as an appendix to Mackenzie's LIFE OF DICKENS (Philadelphia 1870). It was not until 1880, however, that THE MUDFOG PAPERS were published as a separate book (by Bentley in England and by Holt in America).~This is a very good-plus copy, a little soiled (as always with these cream-colored "Leisure Hour" volumes). Podeschi (Yale) D87. Item #12116