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DICKENS, Charles.

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. 116613
    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... Learn More
    £675

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  2. 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

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  3. 117272
    First edition bound in two volumes from parts, with the two Buss plates present (facing pages 69 and 74), all the plates are in early states with page numbers as called for, including the vignette title page with the signboard reading "Veller" (corrected to "Weller" in later issues). Pickwick Papers, Charles Dickens's first... Learn More
    £975

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    Pickwick Papers, Charles Dickens's first novel, transformed..."> 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are in early states, with page locations and without titles or imprints, but the earliest Buss and Seymour plates have been replaced by those of Phiz.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... Learn More
    £850

    Stock Code: 50118

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  5. 125669
    First edition in book form, early states of most plates, with page numbers and no caption, but with Phiz plates replacing the two Buss plates and with the second state frontispiece and Weller title page. In later issues the plates are entirely re-etched and do not contain page locations. Learn More
    £9,750

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  6. 124911
    Original autograph manuscript leaf with authorial deletions and insertions from Pickwick Papers, the novel that transformed an obscure 25-year-old journalist into England's most famous author in a matter of months. One of only five such leaves remaining in private hands, this leaf is from the setting manuscript used by the... Learn More
    £97,500

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  7. 130550
    First edition in book-form of the novel that transformed the obscure journalist into England's most famous writer in a matter of months. The novel was first published in serial form from March 1836 to November 1837. This copy is an early issue, with the plates in early states without publisher imprint, the Buss plates replaced... Learn More
    £975

    Stock Code: 130550

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  8. 130554
    First edition in book-form, in the original publisher's deluxe binding. Chapman and Hall issued Pickwick Papers in cloth for 21s., half-morocco for 24s. 6d., and full morocco with gilt edges for 26s. 6d. (Patton, p. 326). Variant deluxe publisher's bindings are known, including states in green morocco. Dickens's bibliographers... Learn More
    £4,500

    Stock Code: 130554

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  9. image1
    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
    £9,500

    Stock Code: 108107

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  10. 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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  11. image1
    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
    £5,000

    Stock Code: 104073

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  12. 126845
    First edition, bound from the original parts. 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. 262-3). This copy has the words "visiter" on p. 123 and "latter" on p. 160, indicating the earliest issue... Learn More
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  13. 130509
    First complete one-volume edition, bound from the 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,... Learn More
    £950

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  14. 130536
    First edition in book-form (following publication in parts from April 1838 to October 1839), first issue with "visiter" on p. 123 and "latter" on p. 160. Dickens had been catapulted to fame with the success of The Pickwick Papers, and to secure his next novel Chapman and Hall offered Dickens 150 a part, a sum ten times greater... Learn More
    £600

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  15. 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

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

    Stock Code: 107438

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  17. 127227
    FIRST EDITION, IN THE ORIGINAL WEEKLY PARTS, the rarest of the three formats in which it was issued. Every four or five weeks the weekly parts were bound up into green wrappers for the monthly issue, and when complete, it was bound into book form. Gordon Ray described this as "the pinnacle of Dickensian Gothic". Master Humphrey... Learn More
    £2,250

    Stock Code: 127227

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  18. 130700
    First edition, first issue, with red and blue title page dated 1843, "Stave I" as the first chapter heading. A Christmas Carol was an instant success, reportedly selling all 6,000 copies of the first edition on the first day of publication, and Dickens went on to write four more small festive books. Of the five Christmas... Learn More
    £6,750

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  19. 130523
    First edition, second issue with "Stave One" as the first chapter heading and the text uncorrected. A Christmas Carol was an instant success, reportedly selling all 6,000 copies of the first edition on the first day of publication, and Dickens went on to write four more small festive books for each successive Christmas (the... Learn More
    £4,500

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  20. 121691
    First edition, with the textual flaws noted by Smith. Dickens's biographer places Martin Chuzzlewit as marking "a great change in Dickens's conception of moral characteristics... For the first time Dickens begins to explore the contradictions and difficulties of the contemporary human world; these are no longer figures defined... Learn More
    £750

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  21. 121402
    First edition in book form, first published as a serial between December 1842 and July 1844. Learn More
    £750

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  22. 122881
    First edition, first issue, with the issue points listed by Smith. Dickens's biographer places Martin Chuzzlewit as marking "a great change in Dickens's conception of moral characteristics... For the first time Dickens begins to explore the contradictions and difficulties of the contemporary human world; these are no longer... Learn More
    £1,250

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  23. 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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  24. 125543
    First edition in book form, first issue, with issue points as stated by Smith, first serialised between December 1842 and July 1844. This copy has the transposed 100 title plate, which is often suggested as a first issue point. Hatton and Cleaver long ago dismissed this, however, stating that "It is merely one of the five... Learn More
    £750

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  25. 127226
    First edition in book-form, first issue, following serialisation between December 1842 and July 1844. Dickens's biographer places Martin Chuzzlewit as marking "a great change in Dickens's conception of moral characteristics... For the first time Dickens begins to explore the contradictions and difficulties of the contemporary... Learn More
    £600

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  26. 130564
    First edition, bound from the original parts published from December 1842 to July 1844. Dickens's biographer places Martin Chuzzlewit as marking "a great change in Dickens's conception of moral characteristics... For the first time Dickens begins to explore the contradictions and difficulties of the contemporary human world;... Learn More
    £600

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  27. 130521
    First edition, with the engraved title page in the second state, rather than the far more common fourth state. The Battle of Life is the fourth of Dickens's Christmas books. Learn More
    £1,250

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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 serialized publication of the novel in parts. One of three American editions of Dombey and Son which were published in 1848. Learn More
    £375

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

    Stock Code: 111303

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  30. 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 fine... Learn More
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  31. 130518
    First edition. The Haunted Man is the fifth and final Christmas book by Dickens. "As soon as he returned from Broadstairs to London, he started work on the Christmas Book he had for so long been contemplating, a book about lost time. The Haunted Man and the Ghost's Bargain is concerned with the power of memory, with family... Learn More
    £450

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  32. 130562
    First edition, bound from the original monthly parts which had been issued from October 1846 to April 1848, with all the requisite points of first issue. Learn More
    £500

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  33. 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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  34. 121511
    First edition bound from parts, with the first-issue textual points as listed by Smith. H. K. Browne had experimented with the "dark plate" technique in Dombey and Son (1848) but in Bleak House their sombreness added a new tone to the illustration of Dickens's books. "As Dickens's vision of society darkened, Browne adjusted... Learn More
    £950

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  35. 130525
    First edition bound from the parts. "As Dickens's vision of society darkened, Browne adjusted his techniques, pioneering in the use of 'dark plates', where the plate was machine-ruled in parallel grooves which printed an almost uniform tone either before or after the figures and background were hand drawn. These brooding,... Learn More
    £875

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  36. 125681
    First edition in book form, in the first issue binding with the price in gilt on the spine which is lacking in later issues. Learn More
    £500

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  37. 127819
    First edition in book-form, in the first issue binding with the price in gilt on the spine which is lacking in later issues. Later state with some of Smith's textual errors corrected. Hard Times was serialized in 20 weekly parts from April to August 1854, with publication in book-form following in August.
    With the bookplate... Learn More
    £1,250

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  38. 130526
    First edition in book-form (following serialisation in Household Words April - November 1854), early issue with Smith's textual flaws corrected. Hard Times was the shortest, but also arguably the most political, of Dickens's novels, as well as being the only novel set entirely outside of London. Learn More
    £950

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  39. 121213
    First edition, in the original monthly parts published between December 1855 and June 1857, first issue text with "Rigaud" for "Blandois" on pages 469-73 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
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  40. 130561
    First edition, bound from the original monthly parts, first issue with "Rigaud" used rather than "Blandois" from page 469-74 and with Smith's textual errors uncorrected. Little Dorrit appeared in parts from December 1855 to June 1857. Dickens's biographer declares the novel to be the author's "single most ferocious onslaught... Learn More
    £500

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  41. 116125
    First edition, second issue, with page 213 correctly numbered and adverts dated February 1860. Learn More
    £3,750

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  42. 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 (1920-2016), best known as the author of Watership Down (1972), with his bookplate to the pastedown. Adams used the proceeds of his... Learn More
    £4,500

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  43. 128548
    First edition, bound from parts, first issue, with page 213 incorrectly numbered 113 and signature "b" on list of plates. The novel was originally serialised in the weekly journal All the Year Round, from 30 April to 26 November 1859, and was also published in eight monthly parts between June and December 1859. It was first... Learn More
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  44. 129472
    First edition in book-form, second issue, without the signature "b" on the list of plates and with page 213 correctly numbered. Dickens's great historical romance, set during the French Revolution, remains one of his best known and most widely read works. The novel was originally serialized in the weekly journal All the... Learn More
    £1,800

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  45. 130539
    First edition in book-form, second issue, without the signature "b" on the list of plates and with page 213 correctly numbered. Dickens's great historical romance, set during the French Revolution, remains one of his best known and most widely read works. The novel was originally serialized in the weekly journal All the... Learn More
    £1,800

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  46. 120234detail
    An attractive collection of Dickens's novels from the Charles Dickens edition without his unfinished novel Edwin Drood. Learn More
    £575

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  47. 130497
    First edition, first impression, published on 6 July 1861, one of 1,000 copies thus. The first impression of Great Expectations is a famously rare book. Robert L. Patten, Charles Dickens and His Publishers (Clarendon 1978) states that 1,000 copies of the first impression and 750 of the second were printed and that probably... Learn More
    £18,750

    Stock Code: 130497

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  48. 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

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  49. 130000
    First edition, the dedication copy, with the bookplate of Charles Dickens. This was the only book of the famous American actress Adah Isaacs Menken (1835-1868), published within days of her early death. Menken was a great admirer of Dickens, first meeting him in 1864 at her London performance of Mazeppa. The meeting proved... Learn More
    £3,750

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  50. The Works.
    An attractively bound complete set of the illustrated Library edition of Dickens's works. Learn More
    £4,500

    Stock Code: 114852

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  51. 94877detail
    An attractively bound complete set of the illustrated Library edition of Dickens's works. Learn More
    £4,500

    Stock Code: 94877

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  52. 122722
    An attractively bound copy of Dickens's classic, first published in book-form in 1844. Dickens's biographer places Martin Chuzzlewit as marking "a great change in Dickens's conception of moral characteristics... For the first time Dickens begins to explore the contradictions and difficulties of the contemporary human world;... Learn More
    £275

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  53. 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

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  54. 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. 262-3). Learn More
    £250

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  55. 122704
    An attractively bound copy of Dickens's first novel, first published in book-form in 1837. Learn More
    £275

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  56. 122708
    An attractively bound copy of Dickens's classic, first published in book-form in 1844. Dickens's biographer places Martin Chuzzlewit as marking "a great change in Dickens's conception of moral characteristics... For the first time Dickens begins to explore the contradictions and difficulties of the contemporary human world;... Learn More
    £250

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  57. 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

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  58. 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

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  59. 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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  60. 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. 262-3). Learn More
    £275

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