[DICKENS, CHARLES (1812-1870)]. Public Life of Mr. Tulrumble, Once Mayor of Mudfog, by Boz, with Other Tales and Sketches, From Bentley's Miscellany, and the Library of Fiction. Philadelphia: Carey, Lea and Blanchard, 1837.
12mo (180 x 110 mm). Original publisher's red cloth-backed boards (worn, joints separating, text block detached, endpapers lacking) Provenance: Union Society Library (bookplate). FIRST EDITION, ONE OF THE EARLIEST PRINTINGS OF DICKENS IN BOOK FORM IN THE UNITED STATES. "The Public Life of Mr. Tulrumble" is Dickens' only contribution to the work, which includes eleven other short stories. Carey, Lea and Blanchard would publish the first two chapters of Oliver Twist in the same format on 15 April 1837. Eckel p. 175; Gimbel B44; Smith, American Editions pp. 9-10.
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