London: Chapman and Hall, 1861. 32 pp ads dated Dec 1860. Original blind-stamped magenta cloth.
First Edition. During 1860 Dickens created the persona of "the Uncommercial Traveller" as a means of connecting these seventeen disparate contributions to "All The Year Round," the weekly periodical he edited (and had founded). As he notes in the Preface here, "The Series is, for the time, complete; but it is the Uncommercial Traveller's intention to take to the road again before another winter sets in." No further volume appeared, however.~This is a very good-plus copy (very light wear to some edges of the spine, and as always with this color cloth, any area exposed to the sun has faded to a honey brown). The ornate spine gilt remains bright, the distinctive blind-stamping on the magenta covers remains clear and sharp, and there is no foxing on the leaves within. We used to see collectible copies of THE UNCOMMERCIAL TRAVELLER with some frequency, but they have by now become rather scarce. Smith II pp 81-88. Provenance: bookplate of Walter Flinn. Item #13364