“Mr. Gabriel Parsons’s Courtship”

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Creator

Charles Dickens, illustrations by George Cruikshank

Title

“Mr. Gabriel Parsons’s Courtship”

Publisher

John Macrone

Date

1836

Coverage

London

Subject

frontispiece for Volume II

Description

First edition, first issue in original green cloth bindings. This was Dickens’ first book. At its publication, he was a 23-year-old unknown reporter. The artist, by then known as “The Great George,” was his senior by 20 years. Dickens did not appreciate that the critics praised Sketches as much for its beautiful and highly finished etchings, as for its literary content.

Source

Source: Sketches by “Boz” Illustrative of Every-Day Life, and Every-Day People. In Two Volumes. Illustrations by George Cruikshank.