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DICKENS, Charles.

Rare books by Charles Dickens, including first editions, copies in fine bindings, handsome sets of his collected works, and original letters and manuscripts.

Read our blog postabout thebicentenary of Charles Dickens first editions and watch our video on the publishing formats of Charles Dickens first editions.

In terms of enormous and unfailing popularity, Charles Dickens (1812–1870) is the towering figure in the 19th-century novel, not only in the English-speaking world, but reaching out to an international readership. During his own lifetime he was not only the most famous novelist but perhaps also the most famous person in the world.

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  1. L'Isle de Terre Neuve.

    L'Isle de Terre Neuve.

    L'Acadie ou la Nouvelle Ecosse. L'Isle St Jean et la Partie Orientale du Canada.
    A beautiful map of North Eastern Canada. Learn More
    £130

    Date of Publication: 1762

    Published: Paris:

    Stock Code: 77923

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  2. Sketches by Boz, illustrative of every-day life, and every day people.

    Sketches by Boz, illustrative of every-day life, and every day people.

    In two volumes. Illustrations by George Cruikshank.
    Second edition of Dickens's first books (six months after the first). Learn More
    £1,000

    Date of Publication: 1836

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 111265

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  3. Sketches by Boz, illustrative of every-day life, and every day people.

    Sketches by Boz, illustrative of every-day life, and every day people.

    In two volumes. Illustrations by George Cruikshank. [… The second series. Complete in one volume.]
    First editions of Dickens's first books, both the first and second series, from the collection of the Dickens bibliographer Walter E. Smith. Eckel's contention that there were two issues of the second series, distinguished by the presence or lack of the list of illustrations (present here) has lost force over the years. Sadleir was puzzled by it, and Smith, having scrutinized 18 copies, finds that no consistent states of binding or printing can be associated with early or late copies. Learn More
    £15,000

    Date of Publication: 1836

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 109403

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  4. The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club.

    The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club.

    With Forty-Three Illustrations, by R. Seymour and Phiz.
    First edition, early issue. The plates are in early states, with page locations and without titles or imprints, but the earliest Buss and Seymour plates have been replaced by those of Phiz. The sign on the engraved title states "Weller" rather than "Veller". Pickwick Papers, Charles Dickens's first novel, transformed the obscure journalist into England's most famous writer in a matter of months. Learn More
    £850

    Date of Publication: 1837

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 50118

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  5. 116613

    The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club.

    With Illustrations by R. Seymour and Phiz.
    First edition, early issue, with most of the first issue points. All the plates are in early states with page numbers as called for but no titles or imprints, and the vignette title-page with the signboard reads "Veller" (corrected to "Weller" in later issues). Robert Seymour provided the illustrations until he committed suicide; Robert William Buss then took over, but he was inexperienced in steel engraving and had to be replaced. Learn More
    £675

    Date of Publication: 1837

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116613

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  6. Oliver Twist.

    Oliver Twist.

    In three volumes.
    First edition, second issue with "Charles Dickens" rather than "Boz" on the title pages and with the Church plate replacing the Fireside plate in the third volume. "When Bentley decided to publish Oliver in book form before its completion in his periodical, Cruikshank had to complete the last few plates in haste. Dickens did not review them until the eve of publication and objected to the Fireside plate ('Rose Maylie and Oliver' No. Learn More
    £1,950

    Date of Publication: 1838

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 105366

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  7. "Oliver Twist; or, the Parish Boy's Progress. By "Boz.""

    "Oliver Twist; or, the Parish Boy's Progress. By "Boz.""

    First edition, first issue with Boz title pages and the Fireside plate. Walter E. Smith explains the bibliographical details in Charles Dickens in the Original Cloth: "when Bentley decided to publish Oliver in book form before its completion in his periodical, Cruikshank had to complete the last few plates in haste. Dickens did not review them until the eve of publication and objected to the Fireside plate ("Rose Maylie and Oliver" [the final plate in vol. Learn More
    £4,750

    Date of Publication: 1838

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 97462

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  8. "Oliver Twist; or, the Parish Boy's Progress. By "Boz.""

    "Oliver Twist; or, the Parish Boy's Progress. By "Boz.""

    First edition, first issue, with Boz title pages and the Fireside plate. Bentley rushed Oliver Twist out in book form before serialization was complete, forcing Cruikshank to hurry the last few plates. Dickens disliked the final "Fireside" plate and asked Cruikshank for a new design, the "Church" plate. He also decided that he no longer wished to be styled "Boz". Learn More
    £5,000

    Date of Publication: 1838

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 104073

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  9. "Oliver Twist; or, the Parish Boy's Progress. By "Boz.""

    "Oliver Twist; or, the Parish Boy's Progress. By "Boz.""

    First edition, first issue, with Boz title pages and the "Fireside" plate. Bentley rushed Oliver Twist out in book form before serialization was complete, forcing Cruikshank to hurry the last few plates. Dickens disliked the final "Fireside" plate and asked Cruikshank for a new design, the "Church" plate. He also decided that he no longer wished to be styled "Boz". Learn More
    £12,500

    Date of Publication: 1838

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 108107

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  10. Master Humphrey's Clock.

    Master Humphrey's Clock.

    With illustrations by George Cattermole and Hablot Browne.
    First edition in book form of what Gordon Ray describes as "the pinnacle of Dickensian Gothic". He goes on to note that Phiz (H. K. Browne) "is in excellent form" and that George Cattermole's "wonderful clutter of antiquarian or architectural detail is well suited to Dickens's chosen subjects". Master Humphrey was a publishing experiment on Dickens's part, unique in his canon, of issuing two novels together: The Old Curiosity Shop and Barnaby Rudge. Learn More
    £650

    Date of Publication: 1840

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 111432

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  11. Master Humphrey's Clock.

    Master Humphrey's Clock.

    First edition. An attractively bound copy. Learn More
    £450

    Date of Publication: 1840

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 107438

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  12. 116562

    Master Humphreys Clock.

    With Illustrations by George Cattermole and Hablot Browne.
    First edition in book form of Dickens's experiment, unique in his canon, of publishing two novels together, The Old Curiosity Shop and Barnaby Rudge. Both were republished as separate novels on the same day as the third volume here; this format has primacy. Learn More
    £350

    Date of Publication: 1840

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116562

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  13. 116663

    Master Humphreys Clock.

    With illustrations by George Cattermole and Hablot Browne.
    First edition. Master Humphrey's Clock is a portmanteau containing two novels, The Old Curiosity Shop and Dickens's first historical novel, Barnaby Rudge. Of the many illustrations, most of the figure-pieces were prepared by Browne, while Cattermole completed the architectural subjects. Learn More
    £450

    Date of Publication: 1840-1

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116663

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  14. The Old Curiosity Shop.

    The Old Curiosity Shop.

    Booksellers ticket to front pastedown, 1912 Charles Dickens Centenary Testimonial commemorative stamp to verso of front free endpaper, contemporary ownership inscription to title page. Spine faded to brown, spine ends and tips a little worn, some discolouration to covers, a couple of gatherings standing slightly proud, occasional faint foxing to contents. An excellent copy.
    First separate edition, created from portions of Master Humphrey's Clock. It was first published along with Barnaby Rudge in Master Humphrey's Clock in 1840. Learn More
    £900

    Date of Publication: 1841

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 115273

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  15. The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club.
    signed

    The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club.

    Presentation copy, inscribed by Dickens to William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878), editor of the New York Evening Post and a leading poet of his generation: "William Cullen Bryant From his friend and admirer Charles Dickens", signed with his characteristic lavish underscores. Dickens met Bryant for their first private audience on his American tour on Tuesday 22 February 1842 and presented him with a gift of six books, all American editions of his own works. Learn More
    £75,000

    Date of Publication: 1842

    Published: Philadelphia

    Stock Code: 90110

    Signed: Yes

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  16. The Old Curiosity Shop.
    signed

    The Old Curiosity Shop.

    Presentation copy, inscribed by Dickens to William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878), editor of the New York Evening Post and a leading poet of his generation, inscribed by Dickens: "William Cullen Bryant From his friend and admirer Charles Dickens", signed with his characteristic lavish underscores, and with two accompanying autograph letters signed. In the first letter Dickens writes: "With one exception (and that's Irving) you are the man I most wanted to see in America". Learn More
    £50,000

    Date of Publication: 1842

    Published: Philadelphia

    Stock Code: 90111

    Signed: Yes

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  17. The Christmas books: A Christmas Carol; The Chimes; The Cricket on the Hearth; The Battle of Life; The Haunted Man.

    The Christmas books: A Christmas Carol; The Chimes; The Cricket on the Hearth; The Battle of Life; The Haunted Man.

    An attractively bound set of Dickens's famous sequence of annual Christmas books, including the rare first Bradbury and Evans edition of A Christmas Carol (stated eleventh edition). It was issued after Dickens fell out with Chapman and Hall over dwindling returns, and he had Bradbury and Evans publish separate issues of the "Eleventh" and "Twelfth" editions under their imprint. Learn More
    £2,500

    Date of Publication: 1845

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 115796

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  18. The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit.

    The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit.

    With Illustrations by Phiz.
    First edition, later issue, bound from parts. Learn More
    £475

    Date of Publication: 1844

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 89230

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  19. The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit.

    The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit.

    With Illustrations by Phiz.
    First edition, bound from the parts with stab-holes visible, and with the textual flaws noted by Smith. This copy has the £100 title plate, not transposed. The transposed plate is often suggested as a first issue point, though Hatton and Cleaver long ago dismissed this, stating that "It is merely one of the five cases in Chuzzlewit of triplicated steels, one of them reading ‘100£' and the other two ‘£100' . Learn More
    £875

    Date of Publication: 1844

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 114618

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  20. The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit.

    The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit.

    With Illustrations by Phiz.
    First edition, first issue, bound from parts, with all the issue points listed by Smith. With the £100 title plate, not transposed. The transposed plate is often referred to as a first issue point, though Hatton and Cleaver long ago dismissed this, stating that "It is merely one of the five cases in Chuzzlewit of triplicated steels, one of them reading ‘100£' and the other two ‘£100' . Learn More
    £600

    Date of Publication: 1844

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 108379

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