John Leech, Richard Doyle, Clarkson Stanfield, Dan. Hard Cover. London: Bradbury & Evans, 1846. First Edition. Good.
Illustrated by John Leech, Richard Doyle, Clarkson Stanfield, Daniel Maclise, and Edwin Landseer. First edition, first printing, second state of the ad leaf. Publisher's red cloth, decorated and lettered in gilt and blind, all edges gilt, pale yellow coated endpapers. A good or better copy with light soiling to cloth, spine worn with some fraying to the spine ends, Christmas (December 25, 1845) inscription to front endpaper, light foxing to few a leaves, else very good. 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.