(1792 - 1878)
George Cruikshank was a British caricaturist and book illustrator. His book illustrations for his friend Charles Dickens and many other authors reached an international audience.
An orphan, raised in the work house runs away and makes his way to London to seek his fortune. This is the World’s Classics edition #8 of the series. Dust jacket is by Ardizzone.
The Children’s Book: A Collection of the Best and Most Famous Stories and Poems in the English Language (1910)
Ranging from fables to fairy tales to ballads to myth, this anthology has stood the test of time. Read online at archive.org.
Based on the author’s final edition with the original illustrations as well as many additional illustrations. Includes two volumes of uncollected pieces and the two-volume biography by John Forster for a total of 38 volumes.
Memoirs of Joseph Grimaldi (1838)
Memoirs of Joseph Grimaldi (1968)
The autobiography of a British clown who was active in the early nineteenth century.
Oliver Twist (1838)
Born in a workhouse, Oliver runs away from an abusive mistress to seek his fortune in London where he falls in with a gang of pickpockets. Read online at archive.org: Volume 1, and Volume 2, and Volume 3.
Oliver Twist (1846)
Born in a workhouse, Oliver runs away from an abusive mistress to seek his fortune in London where he falls in with a gang of pickpockets. The cover is for the extremely rare parts issue which was published in a single-volume “new, revised and corrected” edition. Read online at archive.org.
This edition in twenty-one volumes has been frequently reprinted.
Robinson Crusoe (2011)
First published is 1719, this account of ‘eight and twenty years, all alone on an uninhabited island on the coast of America’ was based on the experiences of Alexander Selkirk, who was marooned on an island in the Pacific Ocean.While most recent editions have been abridged and some have had the religious themes suppressed, this edition is complete. It gave birth to the genre of Robinsonnade.
Sketches by Boz (1836)
This first series of Sketches by Boz was published in two volumes. Short pieces about people and places.
This is a reprint of the original and its illustrations at Hathitrust.
In Charles Dickens in the Original Cloth, Walter E. Smith writes:
“When Chapman and Hall obtained the copyright of Sketches in 1837, they published all of them in twenty monthly parts from November 1837 through June 1839. Cruikshank designed a cover, enlarged the plates (except ‘The Free and Easy’ which was discarded), and created 13 new illustrations for these monthly parts. In May 1839, Chapman and Hall published these parts complete in one volume with all 40 of Cruikshank’s illustrations.”
Reference: Walter E. Smith, Charles Dickens in the Original Cloth, p. 16. See Biblio.
Read online at Hathitrust.