Oliver Twist; or, the Parish Boy’s Progress.
By "Boz." In three volumes.
First edition, first issue, with Boz title-pages and the Fireside plate. Bentley decided to publish Oliver in book form before serialization was complete, and Cruikshank had to complete the last few plates in a hurry. Dickens did not see them until the eve of publication and disliked the final Fireside plate. Cruikshank designed a replacement, the Church plate, but early copies went out without it. Dickens had also decided that he would no longer be known as “Boz”; again this decision was too late for the earliest copies, those published between 9 and 16 November. This set with the contemporary bookplates of Lord Fitzhardinge at Berkeley Castle to the front pastedowns.
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3 volumes, octavo (183 113 mm). Contemporary green half calf, red morocco title labels, flat spine, compartments formed by double rules, volume numbers gilt direct in the fourth compartment, marbled sides and edges, pale green endpapers. Frontispiece to each volume and 21 other plates by George Cruikshank, bound without the half-titles or the terminal advert leaf in Volume I. Spines sunned to brown, a little rubbed, plates browned as usual, some off-setting, occasional spotting to the text, a very good set.