Richard Bentley, 1838. Hardcover. Grimaldi [the iconic English clown] laid the foundation for his memoirs, but in a rough and diffuse manner. He gave the manuscript to Thomas Egerton Wilks, who, after doing some condensing, sold the manuscript to Bentley who, in turn, turned it over to Dickens for the purpose of embroidery. Fine. Item #Dickens-25
(Eckel 1913, p. 152). First edition, first issue. Two volumes. Half green morocco leather over green cloth, bound by Birdsall of Northampton, 5 raised bands, title and author in gilt in two compartments, TEG, marbled endpapers. Original pink cloth covers bound in, including the spines. Octovo size (8 ½ by 5 ½ ). Vol. 1: original wrapper, half-title, frontispiece, full title, [v]-ix contents, [xi]-xix introductory chapter, embellishments, -288, original spine pastedown, original wrapper. Vol 2: original wrapper, half-title, frontispiece, full title, [v]-ix contents, -263, -36 Publisher's List "New Works", original spine pastedown, original wrapper. Overall in very good plus condition, clean straight text block. Green leather has sunned to light brown on spine. Lightly bumped slightly worn corners, head bands in place, prior owner's bookplate affixed to front pastedown, tiny bookseller's stamp (Myers & Co) and binder's stamp (Birdsall, Northampton) to front blank, some minor toning and foxing to plates as is commonly found.