DICKENS, Charles. Memoirs of Grimaldi. (2 VOLUMES- 1838 - FIRST EDITION - EXTRA ILLUSTRATED)

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TITLE: Memoirs of Grimaldi. 

PUBLISHER: London: Richard Bentley, 1838.

DESCRIPTION: FIRST EDITION EXTRA ILLUSTRATED. 2 vols., 8-1/16" x 5-1/8", engraved frontispiece of Grimaldi by W. Greatbach and 12 etched plates by George Cruikshank including “The last Song” without border, “List of Embellishments” with incorrectly listed sixth plate at p.238, extra-illustrated with 50 additional plates, some foldout and hand-colored. Bound in full red morocco ribbed gilt decorated spines, covers ruled and paneled in gilt, front covers with figures of Grimaldi in multi-color morocco onlays, marbled doublures and endpapers, all edges gilt, by Bayntun, housed in an open ended slipcase.

CONDITION: Internally clean and bright, no previous ownership markings, inscriptions, or bookplate, inner and outer hinges fine, head and foot of spine fine, A FINE COPY.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: The famed autobiography of the nineteenth-century clown Joseph Grimaldi (1778-1837) was edited by a young Charles Dickens.