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The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit.
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DICKENS, Charles.

The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit.

With illustrations by Phiz.

Published: London: Chapman and Hall, 1844

Stock code: 107314

Price: £1,500

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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 part being a double number), from January 1843 to July 1844. It was published in book form on 16 July 1844. The earliest copies noted have a 13-line errata; this was soon expanded to 14 lines, as seen here.

Octavo. Recent brown crushed morocco by Baytun (Riviere), raised bands tooled in gilt with diamond roll, compartment ruled in gilt, titles direct to second and third gilt, remaining compartments with central floral devices gilt, double frame to covers gilt, top edge gilt, palmette roll to turn-ins gilt, marbled endpapers. Engraved frontispiece with tissue guard, vignette title-page and 38 plates all by Phiz (second and third entries on p. xiv, list of plates, transposed and “p. 387” incorrectly substituted for “p. 377”, as noted by Smith). Title-page from first monthly number of Martin Chuzzlewhit bound in after first blank with old repair to lower inner corner and fore edge. Text-leaves lightly toned throughout, the faintest of spotting to the margins of a few plates without affecting images. An excellent copy.

Bibliography: Smith I, 7; Eckel pp. 71-73

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