frontispiece and title page
The New York Public Library, Berg Collection of
English and American Literature

"Mr. Pickwick's Reception."
In this panoramic view by Sol Eytinge, Jr., the almost countless dramatis personae created by Dickens are brought before Mr. Pickwick and Sam Weller (pointing), who are given the place of honor in the design "on account of their priority." All are old, and some "very dear" acquaintances; but in the far background, mark the "unknown energetic gentleman" on horseback bearing in one hand a trumpet and in the other a banner with "a strange device." Eytinge's picture was first published as a special supplement to the April 9, 1870, issue of the American magazine Every Saturday, which featured the first installment of the latest from Dickens's pen, The Mystery of Edwin Drood.