first edition Original publisher's steel-blue cloth stamped in gilt
1894 · New York
by [Dickens, Charles. 1812 - 1870]. [Irving, Washington. 1783 - 1859]. Andrews, William Loring [1837 - 1920]
New York: Printed at the De Vinne Press, 1894. 1st edition (BAL Vol 5, p. 195; Miller, p. 31). Not in Gimbel. Copy #14, of 15 cc, with 3 states of the frontis, with a total publication limitation of 77 cc. Original publisher's steel-blue cloth stamped in gilt. Extremity wear. PO pencil annotations under limitation statement. Magazine excerpt tipped in [telling of Dickens' LoOL mss donation to FLP]. A VG - VG+ copy.. 39,  pp. Printed on Japan paper. P. 39 mis-numbered '3'. Copperplate frontis, engraved by Edwin Davis French, of the Steamship Brittania, in 3 states, after an engraving of the drawing by Clarkson Stanfield, formerly in the possession of Charles Dickens. 12mo. 7-1/8" x 5"
Andrews an active bookman most of his life, who, beginning in 1865, published 36 volumes of taste & distinction, of which 26 sprang from his pen, all of which can counted as rather uncommon if not down right scarce. Furthermore, Andrews, along with DeVinne [acknowledged as one of the most accomplished & admired printers of the day] plus 7 others, founded, in 1884, the famous New York society of bibliophiles, the Grolier Club. (Inventory #: 29177.1)