The Uncommercial Traveller - Charles Dickens, E. G. Dalziel (illustrator) 1877 - Chapman and Hall, 193 Piccadilly - Household Edition, and first Dalziel illustrated edition Are not the sane and the insane equal at night as the sane lie a dreaming? Are not all of us outside this hospital, who dream, more or less in the condition of those inside it, every night of our lives?

A handsomely bound nineteenth century collection of Dickens 36 semi-autobiographical essays in which he wanders the streets of London and reminisces about his childhood and past, with 26 illustrations by Edward Gurdon Dalziel and the text in double columns.

These pieces are among the most admired and quoted of Dickens's journalistic essays, highlighting his unique skills as a social observer and commentator and 'sketcher' of contemporary life.
  The series began in All the Year Round on 28 January 1860 with 16 articles appearing irregularly between January and October 1860. Dickens followed with another 12 articles between May and October 1863 and, five years later, 8 more pieces, 7 of which under the title 'New Uncommercial Samples'.

The Household Edition - In 1871, the year after Dickens’ death, Chapman and Hall published Oliver Twist, as the first volume in the Household Edition, playing on the public’s fond memories of Dickens’ magazine Household Words. Over the next eight years the edition grew to 22 volumes. It was reset in large type on a quarto page, and furnished with entirely new illustrations by a fresh set of artists. These illustrations were in addition to reproductions of previously published illustrations by Phiz and others, the complete 866 illustrations were also published in 1908 as a separate volume. In New York the Household Edition was published by Harper & Brothers, who, for seven titles, substituted Chapman and Hall’s British illustrators for their own American illustrators.

Edward Gurdon Dalziel (1849-1889) was the eldest son of Edward Dalziel, whose family business had been commissioned by Chapman and Hall to do the engraving work for the great Dickens ‘Household Edition’. Painter and illustrator of great promise, exhibiting at the Royal Academy, the Grosvenor and other galleries. These are the only illustrations he supplied for the Household Edition.

References: Boyd, ‘My Favourite Dickens: Martin Chuzzlewit’
The Guardian 2011. Penguin Classics. Oxford Companion to Charles Dickens, 209. Dickens and His Illustrators. The Victorian Web. Dickens Journals Online.

Quarto (binding size 24.8x19cm), pp. [8] 174 [2].
  Finely bound in three-quarter burgundy morocco over matching marbled boards, spine lettered and decorated in gilt, all edges trimmed.   Condition: Fine   Ref: 110151   Price: HK$ 2,500