London: Chapman and Hall, 1861. 32 pp ads dated Dec 1860. Original blind-stamped violet 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, perhaps near-fine copy. As always with this color cloth, the spine is faded to a honey brown; other than one small rubbed area on the edge of the spine, there is scarcely any exterior wear. One of the ad leaves is half torn away. The ornate spine gilt remains bright, the distinctive blind-stamping on the violet covers remains clear and sharp, and atypically the original delicate endpapers remain intact. We used to see collectible copies of THE UNCOMMERCIAL TRAVELLER with some frequency, but they are by now becoming uncommon. Smith II pp 81-88. Item #13596