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[DICKENS, Charles.]

Sketches by "Boz," illustrative of every-day life, and every-day people;

[together with:] The Second Series. Complete in one volume.

London : 1836 & 1837 Stock Code: 138100
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First editions of Dickens's first books, both the first and second series, in nice condition in the original cloth; "it is an irrefutable fact that the book first published by an author who subsequently attained great eminence is the most difficult of acquirement in good condition. This is acutely true of Dickens's first book" (Eckel. p. 11). Dickens's Sketches republished short stories which had previously appeared in periodicals, with new additions. The appearance of the first series cemented his growing reputation, soon to be catapulted to stardom with the publication of The Pickwick Papers. In these copies the second series has no list of plates on the second page of contents, placed by Eckel as the first issue, although this has since been argued by Smith to be of no significance.

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Together 2 works in 3 volumes. First series: original dark green regular-patterned straight-grain morocco cloth, spines blocked and lettered in gilt. Second series: original rose-pink morocco cloth, sides blocked in blind with a central wreath, spine blocked in blind with a circular pattern, lettered and decorated in gilt over a panel of cloth stained black, yellow endpapers. Housed in a green cloth solander box by Zaehnsdorf for E. Joseph (with stamp).


First series: 16 plates including frontispieces. Second series: vignette title page, and 9 engraved plates (the plate facing p. 216 in its place, rather than used as frontispiece).


Bookplates of John Platt to each front pastedown (engraved by Sherborn, 1904). Expertly recased with repair to hinges. Endpapers of First Series discoloured. Second Series with very light wear around extremities with loss to label at foot of spine, short split alongside top label. Presenting together as square, bright copies, contents clean.


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