MEMOIRS OF JOSEPH GRIMALDI. Edited by "Boz". Embellished with a Portrait.
New York: William H. Colyer, 1838. Second US edition, later state, with gathering 4 signed correctly. Original tan muslin spine and grey boards, paper spine label. [6, blank], x, (25)-232, [2, blank] pp. Frontispiece portrait (lithographed by N. Currier) with tissue guard inserted. Spine worn, with cloth splits to the joints, horizontal splits (repaired), chips to spine tips, paper label is chipped, with a few letters lost; wear to edges of boards; NY, 1839, ink ownership inscription ot front pastedown; foxing and tanning to endpapers; neat repair to inner edge of front free endpaper; some foxing and yellowing to text paper, as expected; one inch tear to one leaf (no text loss); book a little leaned; in all, just a good copy, sound in the binding, text unworn and complete. First published London, 1838, in a two volume format, the first US edition was Philadelphia: Lea & Blanchard, 1838, also in a two volume format. The US editions omit the Cruikshank plates found in the London edition. Gimbel B66. Autobiography of the famous clown. Dickens edited and greatly abridged the text acquired by Bentley, writing only an introductory (and possibly a terminal) chapter.; Octavo