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Charles Dickens

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. Sketches by "Boz," illustrative of every-day life, and every day people.
    Second edition of Dickens's first books (six months after the first). Learn More
    £1,000

    Stock Code: 111265

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  2. 1
    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are in early states, with page locations and without titles or imprints, but the earliest Buss and Seymour plates have been replaced by those of Phiz.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... Learn More

    Regular Price: £850

    Special Price £570

    Stock Code: 50118

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  3. 120712
    First edition, in an extremely handsome Cosway-style binding, presented to First Lady Grace Coolidge by the authors of Pickwick: A Play in Three Acts, which premiered at the Belasco Theatre in Washington, D.C. The occasion is commemorated on the rear doublure: "Souvenir of the First Performance of 'Pickwick' The Belasco... Learn More
    £7,500

    Stock Code: 120712

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  4. 119981
    First edition, early issue with the two Buss plates present (facing pages 69 and 74) and all the plates in early states with page numbers as called for, but no titles or imprints, and the vignette title-page with the signboard reading "Veller" (corrected to "Weller" in later issues). brPickwick Papers, Charles Dickens's... Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 119981

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  5. 121406
    First edition in book form, of the work that transformed Dickens from an obscure journalist into England's most famous writer in a matter of months. This is a later issue with the two Buss plates replaced with those by Phiz (facing pages 52 and 74), titles and imprints for the plates, and the vignette title page with the... Learn More
    £850

    Stock Code: 121406

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  6. i1
    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... Learn More
    £4,750

    Stock Code: 97462

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    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... Learn More
    £5,000

    Stock Code: 104073

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  8. Oliver Twist.
    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... Learn More
    £1,950

    Stock Code: 105366

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    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... Learn More
    £12,500

    Stock Code: 108107

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  10. 116579
    First complete one volume edition, bound from parts. Sketches by Boz was originally published in two series: the first in two volumes in 1836, and the second in one volume in 1837. This edition combines all three parts for the first time. Cruikshank's illustrations were described by John Ruskin as "the finest things, next... Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 116579

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  11. Master Humphrey's Clock.
    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... Learn More
    £650

    Stock Code: 111432

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  12. Master Humphrey's Clock.
    First edition. An attractively bound copy. Learn More
    £450

    Stock Code: 107438

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  13. 121622
    First edition, first issue, with all the required issue points as stated by Smith. Master Humphrey's Clock contains Old Curiosity Shop and Barnaby Rudge, 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... Learn More
    £975

    Stock Code: 121622

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  14. 122838
    First edition, first issue, with all the required issue points as stated by Smith. Master Humphrey's Clock contains Old Curiosity Shop and Barnaby Rudge, what Gordon Ray describes as "the pinnacle of Dickensian Gothic". He also notes that Phiz (H. K. Browne) "is in excellent form" and that George Cattermole's "wonderful... Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 122838

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  15. 122243
    First edition, first impression, first issue, with "Stave I" on the first page of text and green endpapers, all the first edition textual points. The binding differs from Todd's ordering in that the closest interval between blind-stamping left margin and left extremity of gilt wreath is 15 mm but the "D" of "Dickens" within... Learn More
    £15,000

    Stock Code: 122243

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  16. 122830
    First edition, first impression, first issue, with "Stave I" on the first page of text and green endpapers, and all the first edition textual points. The hand-coloured green endpapers, Dickens's original choice for his lavish gift book, proved a disappointment. The colour tended to dust off and smudge, so the endpapers were... Learn More
    £22,500

    Stock Code: 122830

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  17. 122945
    First editions of Dicken's famous sequence of annual Christmas books. A Christmas Carol is the second issue with "Stave One" as the first chapter heading and a red and blue title page; The Chimes has the first state of the vignette title page; The Cricket on the Hearth has the first state of the advertisement leaf; The Battle... Learn More
    £4,750

    Stock Code: 122945

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  18. The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit.
    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... Learn More
    £875

    Stock Code: 114618

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  19. The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit.
    First edition, later issue, bound from parts. Learn More
    £475

    Stock Code: 89230

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  20. The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit.
    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... Learn More
    £600

    Stock Code: 108379

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  21. 116184
    First edition, 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... Learn More
    £500

    Stock Code: 116184

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  22. 121691
    First edition, 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... Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 121691

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  23. 121402
    First edition in book form, first published as a serial between December 1842 and July 1844. Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 121402

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  24. 122881
    First edition, first issue, with the issue points listed by Smith. This copy has the transposed 100 title plate, the traditional indicator of the first issue, although Hatton and Cleaver have contended that it does not indicate priority. With an auction slip from 1953 loosely inserted. Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 122881

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  25. The Adventures of Oliver Twist;
    First one-volume edition in the original cloth. Dickens's second novel, Oliver Twist was first published serially between February 1837 and April 1839 in Bentley's Miscellany, and then as a three-volume book by Richard Bentley in 1838 (six months before the initial serialization was complete). This single volume was substantially... Learn More
    £2,800

    Stock Code: 83254

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  26. Dombey and Son.
    First edition, first issue, uncorrected, bound from the monthly parts. Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 111303

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  27. 116660
    First edition, extra-illustrated with the 12 character plates by "Phiz" (eight engraved solely by him and dated 1848, four vignetted within an oval frame and engraved by both "Phiz" and Robert Young). "With the author's sanction, ‘Phiz,' co-operating with Robert Young, etched four extra plates for this work. They were... Learn More
    £600

    Stock Code: 116660

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  28. 122194
    An attractively rebound copy of this edition, which was published in paper covers a few days prior to the completion of Lea and Blanchard's serialised publication of the novel in parts. One of three American editions of Dombey and Son which were published in 1848. Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 122194

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  29. 121392
    First edition, with all the points of first issue, as per Smith. The error at the bottom of p. 324 "the Capatin" rather than "the Captain" indicates that this book is a first printing. Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 121392

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  30. A Child's History of England.
    First editions in book form of Dickens's History of England for children; each work originally appeared anonymously in Household Words between January 1851 and December 1853, and each published in book form in the December of those years, post-dated to the following years. Learn More
    £1,375

    Stock Code: 111255

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  31. Suite of 29 original drawings for Bleak House.
    Hablot Knight Browne (1815-1882) is the illustrator most closely associated with Dickens: he even changed his pseudonym to Phiz to harmonize with Dickens's Boz. His achievement in rescuing the ill-fated images for Pickwick Papers established his reputation, and he continued to illustrate the majority of Dickens's full-length... Learn More
    £49,500

    Stock Code: 100033

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  32. 122987
    Early Chapman and Hall edition with an inserted title page from the first edition, with mixed issue points. A finely bound copy of Dickens's Christmas classic. Loosely inserted is a page of notes on the edition, incorrectly identifying it as probably the second edition. Learn More
    £950

    Stock Code: 122987

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  33. 121213
    First edition, in the original monthly parts published between December 1855 and June 1857, first issue text with "Rigaud" for "Blandois" on pages 46973 in Part 15. The wrappers and adverts differ from those called for by Hatton & Cleaver as follows: Part II, missing back adverts; Part X, missing back advert "S. & T. Gilbert".... Learn More
    £4,500

    Stock Code: 121213

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  34. 121599
    First edition, first impression, in book form with all points of first issue, as per Smith. Originally published in monthly parts from December 1855 to June 1857, this edition is bound from parts and there is some evidence of stab-marks in gutter-margins. Learn More
    £650

    Stock Code: 121599

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  35. Little Dorrit.
    First edition, bound from the original parts. Learn More
    £500

    Stock Code: 89180

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  36. 116125
    First edition, second issue, with page 213 correctly numbered and adverts dated February 1860. Learn More
    £3,750

    Stock Code: 116125

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  37. 123944
    First edition bound from the original monthly parts, first issue, with page 213 incorrectly numbered 113 and signature "b" on list of plates. From the library of the novelist Richard Adams (19202016), best known as the author of Watership Down (1972), with his bookplate to the pastedown. Adams used the proceeds of his novels... Learn More
    £4,500

    Stock Code: 123944

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  38. 116165
    First edition, first issue, with all the issue points called for by Smith, and with the November, rather than December, catalogue at rear of volume II. Dickens's last completed novel. "Our Mutual Friend had a mixed reception (the young Henry James's harshly dismissive review in The Nation is notorious) but its stock has... Learn More
    £975

    Stock Code: 116165

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  39. 116218
    First edition of Dickens's last completed novel. "Our Mutual Friend had a mixed reception (the young Henry James's harshly dismissive review in The Nation is notorious) but its stock has risen dramatically in recent years and it is now generally regarded as one of his very greatest works" (ODNB). Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 116218

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  40. The Works.
    The Library edition. A handsome set of Dickens's works, complete as published without Edwin Drood which was left unfinished when Dickens died in 1870. Learn More

    Regular Price: £1,800

    Special Price £1,350

    Stock Code: 79018

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  41. Engraved portrait.
    £220

    Stock Code: 43034

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  42. The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit.
    First edition. With a piece of light blue wove paper inscribed "With Mr Dickens' compliments" in a contemporary hand mounted to first blank. An uncommonly fresh copy: Eckel notes that "the bound volume usually presents foxed plates". Martin Chuzzlewit originally appeared in 20 numbers, issued in 19 monthly parts (the last... Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 107314

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  43. 121895
    A handsomely bound copy of Barnaby Rudge which was first published in 1841. Learn More
    £95

    Stock Code: 121895

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  44. 121897
    A handsomely bound copy of Little Dorrit which was first published in 1857. Learn More
    £95

    Stock Code: 121897

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  45. 121941
    An attractively bound copy of Our Mutual Friend which was first published in 1865. Learn More
    £95

    Stock Code: 121941

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  46. The Works.
    A handsomely bound set of Dickens's works. Learn More
    £4,500

    Stock Code: 108778

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  47. 122703
    An attractively bound copy of Dickens's classic, first published in book form in 1839. Dickens's third novel "has some title to being the funniest novel Dickens ever wrote; it is perhaps the funniest novel in the English language" (Peter Ackroyd, Dickens, pp. 2623). Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 122703

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  48. 122704
    An attractively bound copy of Dickens's classic, first published in book form in 1837. Learn More
    £275

    Stock Code: 122704

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  49. 122708
    An attractively bound copy of Dickens's classic, first published in book form in 1844. Dickens thought it "in a hundred points immeasurably the best of my stories" (Forster, 305). It has lively satirizing of American manners and institutions. Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 122708

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  50. 122710
    An attractively bound copy of Dickens's classic, first published in book form in 1848. Dickens's first novel to have an explicitly contemporary setting. Learn More
    £225

    Stock Code: 122710

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  51. 122711
    An attractively bound copy of Dickens's classic, first published in book form in 1857. Little Dorrit is one of his three great novels of the 1850s, exhibiting his outrage and deep concern about the condition of England. Learn More
    £225

    Stock Code: 122711

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  52. 122715
    An attractively bound copy of Dickens's classic, first published in book form in 1848. Dickens's first novel to have an explicitly contemporary setting. Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 122715

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  53. 122716
    An attractively bound copy of Dickens's classic, first published in book form in 1839. Sketches by Boz was Dickens's first book, although this reprint follows the revised text of the new edition. Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 122716

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  54. 122718
    An attractively bound copy of Dickens's classic, first published in book form in 1865. Our Mutual Friend was Dickens's last completed novel. Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 122718

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  55. 122721
    An attractively bound copy of Dickens's third novel, originally published as a serial from 1838 to 1839. Dickens's novel "has some title to being the funniest novel Dickens ever wrote; it is perhaps the funniest novel in the English language" (Peter Ackroyd, Dickens, pp. 2623). Learn More
    £275

    Stock Code: 122721

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  56. 122722
    An attractively bound copy of Dickens's classic, first published in book form in 1844. Dickens thought it "in a hundred points immeasurably the best of my stories" (Forster, 305). It has lively satirizing of American manners and institutions. Learn More
    £275

    Stock Code: 122722

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  57. 122723
    An attractively bound copy of Dickens's classic, first published in book form in 1841. Dickens's first historical novel, dealing with the anti-Catholic Gordon riots of 1780 and written in conscious emulation of Scott. Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 122723

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  58. 122941detail
    Limited edition, number 992 of 1,000 copies only. Out of the many collected works of Dickens which were published in the late 19th century, the present edition has good claim to be the largest, boldest and most striking. Learn More
    £4,500

    Stock Code: 122941

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  59. The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club.
    An attractively bound copy of this work which first appeared in book form in 1837. Learn More
    £225

    Stock Code: 94829

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  60. The Works.
    A handsomely bound set of the Library Edition of Dickens's collected works. Learn More
    £3,750

    Stock Code: 107311

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