Boston: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1872. First Edition. First printing. Octavo (19.5cm); green publisher's cloth stamped in blind and gilt, w/ portrait of Dickens; xv,573,frontis., 24 plates. Handling wear with scratches and edge rubbing; slight fraying to spine extremities and leading corners; textblock edges tanned, soiled; some interior foxing and toning; page 211 torn; ownership stamped pgs v,82. Overall Very Good.
A comprehensive guide to the works of Charles Dickens (including samples and uncollected pieces), and the characters, events, and notable passages within. This guide has seen many reissues and updates well into the 20th century; it is still regarded as a definitive Dickens reference today. With b/w plate engravings throughout.