Charles Dickens, illustrations by George Cruikshank
“Mr. Gabriel Parsons’s Courtship”
frontispiece for Volume II
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: Sketches by “Boz” Illustrative of Every-Day Life, and Every-Day People. In Two Volumes. Illustrations by George Cruikshank.