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[DICKENS, Charles.]

Oliver Twist; or, the Parish Boy's Progress. By "Boz."

Availability: In stock

Published: London Richard Bentley, 1838

Stock Code: 97462

£4,750
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Notes

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 did not review them until the eve of publication and objected to the Fireside plate ("Rose Maylie and Oliver" [the final plate in vol. III])... Dickens had Cruikshank design a new plate [the Church plate] which retained the same title ... This Church plate was not completed in time for incorporation into the early copies of the book, but it replaced the Fireside plate in later copies... Dickens not only objected to the Fireside plate, but also disliked having "Boz" on the title page. He voiced these objections prior to publication and the plate and title page were changed between November 9 [publication date] and 16."

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Description

3 volumes, octavo. Bound by Bayntun Riviere in crushed red morocco, raised bands, titles and decorations to compartments gilt, portrait medallion centrepiece to front boards and facsimile signature to rear board gilt, top edges gilt, others untrimmed, richly gilt turn-ins, marbled endpapers. Housed in a red cloth slipcase.

Illustrations

Half-title and 3 advertisement leaves to Volume I. 24 etched plates by George Cruikshank including the "Fireside" plate (facing p. 313 in vol. III).

Condition

Margins of text block slightly toned, occasional light spotting to pages, and mild dampstains to upper fore margin of the last 25 leaves of Volume II. An excellent set.

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