DICKENS, Charles. The Pic Nic Papers. By various hands. Edited by Charles Dickens. Henry Colburn. 1841.
8vo., 3 volumes sometime bound by Rivière & Son in full dark green morocco, boards with french fillet panel, spines lettered and decorated in gilt, original boards bound in at rear. Frontispieces and plates by George Cruikshank, Phiz, &c. A little rubbing to joints, gilt on spines a little dulled otherwise a very good set preserved in marbled paper covered slipcase.
First edition, 2nd issue, with the corrected ‘young publisher’ in the preface. The Pic-Nic Papers was composed of miscellaneous pieces by various authors. It was originated by Dickens to benefit the widow and children of 28-year old publisher John Macrone, who died suddenly in 1837. Dickens had begun soliciting submissions in 1838, and he eventually contributed the "Introduction" and one short story "The Lamplighter's Story". Other contributors included William Harrison Ainsworth, Thomas Moore, Leitch Ritchie and Agnus Strickland. Macrone's widow eventually received 450 pounds from this charitable publication.