Leech, John; Doyle, Richard; Stanfield, Clarkson, Hard Cover. London: Bradbury & Evans, 1846. First Edition. Very Good.
Illustrated by John Leech, Richard Doyle, Clarkson Stanfield, Daniel Maclise, and Edwin Landseer. First edition, first printing. Publisher's red cloth, decorated and lettered in gilt and blind, all edges gilt, pale yellow coated endpapers. Very good or better, with some wear and fraying to the spine ends, light toning and a slight lean to the spine, corners lightly bumped, some faint soiling to the boards, bright and clean interior. Overall, a very fresh and sturdy copy, free of any repairs or restoration. Smith II, 6. The Cricket on the Hearth is the third volume in Dickens third Christmas Books series. Centered around the Victorian home, this novella tells the story of deliveryman John Peerybingle and his young wife Dot, who have a mystical cricket on their hearth that chirps when the couple's home life is harmonious and is silent when there is strife. Like the "staves" of A Christmas Carol (1843) and the "quarters" of The Chimes (1844), The Cricket on the Hearth is divided into "chirps" instead of chapters.