Skip to content

Biblio logo: Used, Rare and Collectible Books for Sale

The Cricket on the Hearth, A Fairy Tale of Home by  Charles Dickens - Paperback - 1845 - from Laura's Rare Books (SKU: 001060)

The Cricket on the Hearth, A Fairy Tale of Home

Click for full-size.

The Cricket on the Hearth, A Fairy Tale of Home

by Dickens, Charles

  • Used
  • very good
  • Paperback
Very Good
Seller rating:
This seller has earned a 1 of 5 Stars rating from Biblio customers.
Louisville, Kentucky
Item Price:
US$4.75 shipping to USA
Standard Delivery: 7 to 14 days

More Shipping Options
Ask Seller a Question

Payment Methods Accepted

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • American Express
  • Discover
  • Paypal

About This Item

London: W.S. Johnson, "Nassau Steam Press, 1845. Rare Pamphlet Play issued a year before the book was published. Stated on Title page: Dramatization by Albert Smith, Esq. from early proofs of the works, by the express permission of the author, CHARLES DICKENS, ESQ. and performed at the Theatre Royal Lyceum. Original binding softcover with stitched wrappers. 39 pages. VERY VERY RARE. It came from my late Grandfather's Christmas Collection. Always happy to send detailed photographs. Dickens's interest in the theater dated from his late teens. In 1845, he began to produce for the stage himself, an interest, which would lead eventually to his own touring company. In October and November of 1845, as he drafted Cricket, he was secretly collaborating with well-known dramatist Albert Smith on an authorized script. It would appear that he gave Smith the proofs of the novel to read and possibly attended secret rehearsals with Smith's cast. This two-pronged effort to beat the pirates at their own game was partially successful. The novel was released in London on the same day the play opened at the Lyceum. Playbills pointedly identified Smith's Cricket as being written "from Early Proofs of the Work, BY THE EXPRESS PERMISSION OF THE AUTHOR." The Cricket on the Hearth was published in 1846. However, before publication Dickens joined forces with the playwright Albert Smith, and the famous acting pair Mr. and Mrs. Keeley, of the Lyceum Theatre, to produce a stage version from early proof sheets of the book. The result was The Cricket on the Hearth, A Fairy Tale of Home, Dramatized by Albert Smith, and dated 1845. The cast included Mr. Keeley as Caleb Plummer, and Mrs. Keeley as Dot. The play was a huge success. Smith’s original version at the Lyceum had over sixty performances. . Original Wraps. Very Good.


Review this book and you'll be entered for a chance to win $50!

(Log-in or create an account first!)

You're rating the book as a work, not the seller or the specific copy you purchased!


Laura's Rare Books US (US)
Bookseller Inventory #
The Cricket on the Hearth, A Fairy Tale of Home
Dickens, Charles
Book condition
Used - Very Good
W.S. Johnson, "Nassau Steam Press
Place of Publication
Date published
Bookseller catalogs
Christmas Book;

Terms of Sale

Laura's Rare Books

Please allow a week to ten days to receive book through Book Media mail and 3 to 4 days for Priority. 502-338-9980 Let me know if you need additional photos before ordering book. I am always happy to send them.� 502-338-9980

About the Seller

Laura's Rare Books

Seller rating:
This seller has earned a 1 of 5 Stars rating from Biblio customers. member since: 2006
Louisville, Kentucky
Ask Seller a Question

About Laura's Rare Books

I began this business because of my love for books. A great part of my rare and first editions books are from my late Grandfather's massive collection that he spent his entire life hand picking. I am very selective about the books I choose to sell and my specialties include rare, out of print, first editions, children's books, Christmas Books, limited editions and unusual books. I take great care in providing personal attention to my book buyers with follow up E-mails to ensure the book was received in excellent condition and am always happy to send additional detailed photographs and answer any questions you may have.


Some terminology that may be used in this description includes:

The paper covering on the outside of a paperback.  Also see the entry for pictorial wraps, color illustrated coverings for...[more]

This Book’s Categories