[with Harte's signature] With Illustrations by S. Eytinge, Jr. Boston: James R. Osgood and Company, 1871. Original green cloth, beveled.
First Enlarged Edition of Bret Harte's first book. CONDENSED NOVELS was initially published by Carleton in 1867 as a volume of 15 parodies of novels by such authors as Ch-r-s D-ck-ns, Ch-l-tte Br-nte and W-lk-e C-ll-ns -- plus some other "Civic Sketches" and miscellaneous pieces. Four years later this edition was published, with illustrations by a different artist, and with two additional parodies: "Handsome is as Handsome Does" by Ch--s R--de and "Lothaw" by Mr. Benjamins [Disraeli]; the other sketches and pieces were excluded. "Actually Bret's takeoffs indicated mastery of a minor but difficult literary form; he had the rare ability of dissecting an author's style without undue cruelty or ridicule, of conveying his essentials in the space of a few pages" [O'Connor].~This is a bright, near-fine copy (very slight wear at the corners); tipped to a front flyleaf is a card with Bret Harte's signature. Blanck 7255. Item #13625