By Boz. To which is added The Pantomime of Life, by the same author. Philadelphia: Carey, Lea & Blanchard, 1837. Bound in full mottled calf with raised bands on the spine.
First Edition so collected. In January 1837, Carey Lea & Blanchard published a "Library of Fiction" anthology volume titled THE TUGGS'S AT RAMSGATE "Together with Other Tales, by Distinguished Writers" -- the first American appearance of that one Dickens sketch. A month later, CL&B published a volume titled SKETCHES BY BOZ, which consisted of the Dickens sketches contained in the Second Series of the British SKETCHES BY BOZ (neither the UK nor the US edition included "The Tuggs's at Ramsgate"). In June of the same year, CL&B published this volume, which combines "The Tuggs's at Ramsgate" into their earlier "Sketches by Boz," plus adds for the first time an additional Dickens sketch, "The Pantomime of Life."
Only 1,000 copies were printed. Attractively rebound in this understated full-calf binding, this is a close-to-fine copy (damp-mark at the top of some leaves toward the rear). Podeschi (Yale) A10; Wilkins p. 11. Item #14619