Charles Dickens' Sketches by Boz; With Forty Illustrations by George Cruikshank

  • Sketches By Boz.

Sketches By Boz.

Item Number: 72011

London: Chapman and Hall, 1839.

Octavo, bound in three quarters leather over marbled boards, gilt titles and tooling to the spine. With forty illustrations by George Cruikshank. In very good condition.

The sketches of urban life that make up Sketches by Boz first appeared in a variety of London magazines. “What impressed his contemporaries as much as the vivacity of his style was the way in which he was able to chronicle the lives of ‘the people’ even at the time they were first struggling to find social and economic expression. This was how he found his great subject, in crowd scenes, in streets, in the lives of people who are uniquely tied together, for better or worse, and who are part of the city which rises like an hallucination through these early sketches” (Ackroyd, 169).