DICKENS, CHARLES. 1812-1870.
Sketches By Boz illustrative of Every-Day Life and Every-Day People. London: Chapman and Hall, 1839. Illustrated by George Cruikshank with 40 plates, including the frontispiece and additional title. Half-title page. 8vo (212 x 126 mm). Full red morocco, spine gilt in compartments, all edges gilt, by Riviere & Son. Title-page bound slightly close, corner crease to additional title, very mild surface crack on lower joint.
Presentation copy of the first single-volume edition, inscribed and signed by the author on the title-page: "William Upcott Esquire / From / Charles Dickens / Twenty-third November, 1841." William Upcott [1779-1845] was an English antiquary, Librarian of the London Institution, and famed autograph and manuscript collector. Charles Dickens records meeting him in January of 1840. Upcott's library was sold by Sotheby at Evans's auction rooms in the summer of 1846 and is said to have realized over £4,000.