John Leech, Richard Doyle, Clarkson Stanfield, Dan. Hard Cover. London: Bradbury & Evans, 1846. First Edition. Near Fine.
Illustrated by John Leech, Richard Doyle, Clarkson Stanfield, Daniel Maclise, and Edwin Landseer. First edition, first printing. Finely bound 19th century blue marbled calf, five raised bands to spine, each compartments decorated in gilt, red morocco spine label, gilt turn-ins, all edges gilt, red and blue marbled endpapers. A near fine copy with only some fading and mild wear to the extremities, else an excellent copy. Smith II, 6. The Cricket on the Hearth is the third volume in Dickens' 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.