The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon – Washington Irving (1824) (vol 1 only)


The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon – Washington Irving (1824) (vol 1 only)


A very early edition of Washington Irving’s essays, containing the famous Rip Van Winkle, published under the pseudonym Geoffrey Crayon. Vol 1 only, out of 2 vols.

Title: The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, vol 1

Author: Washington Irving

Publisher: John Murray, London, 1824.

Condition: Full leather, polished calf. Fair. Book has been restored, with front cover reattached (see pictures). Some rubbing and soiling to covers. Ex-libris plate of one Robert Allen. Slight water damage to front endpaper. Slight foxing to pages. Binding tight, text unmarked. 326pp., app 8″ by 5″.

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Vol 1 of the 2-vol Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, a collection of essays written by Washington Irving under the pseudonym Geoffrey Crayon, containing the stories:

  1. The Author’s Account of Himself
  2. The Voyage
  3. Roscoe
  4. The Wife
  5. Rip Van Winkle
  6. English Writers on America
  7. Rural Life in England
  8. The Broken Heart
  9. The Art of Book Making
  10. A Royal Poet
  11. The Country Church
  12. The Widow and Her Son
  13. The Boar’s Head Tavern
  14. The Mutability of Literature
  15. Rural Funerals
  16. The Inn Kitchen
  17. The Spectre Bridegroom
  18. Westminster Abbey

About the book (from Wikipedia):

The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent., commonly referred to as The Sketch Book, is a collection of 34 essays and short stories written by the American author Washington Irving. It was published serially throughout 1819 and 1820. The collection includes two of Irving’s best-known stories, attributed to the fictional Dutch historian Diedrich Knickerbocker: “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” [not included in Vol 1] and “Rip Van Winkle”. It also marks Irving’s first use of the pseudonym Geoffrey Crayon, which he would continue to employ throughout his literary career.

The Sketch Book, along with James Fenimore Cooper’s Leatherstocking Tales, was among first widely read works of American literature in Britain and Europe. It also helped advance the reputation of American writers with an international audience.