A rare and exceptional copy of Charles Dickens's first book, "Sketches by 'Boz'," is currently up for auction at Christie's. The first edition of this literary masterpiece features sketches that provide a captivating glimpse into everyday life and ordinary people. With most of the sketches previously published in periodicals, the inclusion of three new ones adds to its historical significance.
This particular copy stands out due to its remarkably fine condition, which is exceptionally rare among similar editions. The set includes two volumes with frontispieces and etched plates by George Cruikshank, contributing further to its artistic charm. Although the green cloth bindings show minor signs of wear along the spines and corners, they have been well-preserved over time.
With an intriguing provenance marked by initials "R.C." dating back to May 27, 1836, this exceptional edition carries a sense of history and ownership. Protected within custom chemises and a half morocco slipcase in shades of green, it ensures that the collector will be able to cherish this remarkable piece for years to come.
As bidding continues for this museum-worthy treasure, the latest bid has reached an impressive $12,000. Only showcasing the beginning stages of what promises to be an exhilarating auction, collectors are eagerly vying for the opportunity to add this significant work of literature to their collections.
For those interested in acquiring this valuable piece or simply admiring its historical significance, Christie's auction provides a platform where enthusiasts from around the world can engage in spirited bidding until February 2nd, 2024. Don't miss your chance to participate in securing this remarkable first edition from one of literature's most renowned authors at Christie's auction house.
Platform : Christie's
Latest Bid : $12,000
Auction End : Feb 02, 2024
Source : Christie's