for General Circulation. New-York: Harper & Brothers, 1842. 4 pp ads dated Nov 2, 1842. Original brown wrappers.
First American Edition (?) of this book that resulted from Dickens's 1842 tour of America. Wilkins gives priority to the spurious "Brother Jonathan" edition published by Wilson & Co., which bears a publisher's imprint date of Nov 7th; Podeschi gives it to this Harper edition, which has ads dated Nov 2nd (though neither date is a valid "date of publication"). There was in fact an additional edition published by J. Winchester of New York, that also came out in November. The two-volume London edition had just been published on October 19th, and as soon as a copy had made the voyage over from Liverpool, these New York editions were on the streets. Dickens was not happy -- as he had planned a much-more-expensive American edition -- which due to these cheap wrappered pieces did not materialize.~A curiosity of this edition is that although prices on the rear and inside covers are in cents, the front cover states "price one shilling." This is a very good-plus copy, with minor wear at the extremities -- much nicer than we usually see, for such a cheaply-produced booklet. Podeschi (Yale) A67; Carr (UTexas) B479; Wilkins p. 24. Item #12740