The Story of Little Dombey.
London: Bradbury & Evans, 1858. First printing thus. Full crushed red morocco, bound by Riviere & Son. Double gilt fillet to front and back, elegantly gilt spine with five raised bands, half-inch decoratively gilt inner dentelles. Deep blue endpapers, original green wrappers bound in rear. Bookplate of Dr. Samuel L. Siegler, very faint rubbing to corners and raised bands, still fine. Internally very bright and clean. Item #213370
Dickens began public readings of his works in 1853, but only for charity. Given the fame of these readings, Dickens began to abridge his works specifically for public readings, and in 1858 began his first reading tour for profit. The Story of Little Dombey (abridged from Dombey and Son) proved so popular that it remained in his public reading repertoire for the entirety of his career.