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DICKENS, Charles.

The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby.

Published: London: Chapman and Hall, 1848

Stock code: 102804

Price: £150

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First “cheap” edition, with an important new four page Preface by Dickens and a new frontispiece; Nicholas Nickleby was first published in 1839. “Commenced in 1847 [with Pickwick Papers], the Cheap Edition was a project involving the republication of all of Dickens’s novels up to that date. Forster notes that Dickens, living in Paris at that time, had travelled to London from 15 December to 23 December of 1846 to make the arrangements. In the first series everything appeared in three formats: weekly numbers of sixteen double-columned pages, monthly parts, and volumes. Margaret Dalziel in Popular Fiction 100 Years Ago (1957) called this the first successful attempt to provide cheap reprinted volumes of novels” (The Oxford Companion to Charles Dickens, 2011, p. 207).

Octavo (180 118 mm). Near-contemporary dark red roan, decorative gilt spine, gilt roll-tool decoration on sides, red pebble-grain cloth sides, red speckled edges, ochre endpapers. Wood-engraved frontispiece by Williams after Webster showing Mrs Squeers presiding over meal time at Dotheboys Hall; printed in double-columns. Ownership inscription of “Emily Kingston, March 1860” on recto of frontispiece; front joint split at foot but sound. A very good copy.

Bibliography: CBEL 3, 783: "the first systematic reissue [of Dickens's works]".

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