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DICKENS, Charles.

The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit....

With Illustrations by Phiz.

Availability: In stock

Published: London Chapman and Hall, 1844

Stock Code: 122881

£1,250
OR On display in 43 Dover Street

Notes

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 figures defined by a single characteristic or animated by the wilful principle of a 'humour', but ones who are seen to change with the changing world, to live and grow" (Ackroyd, Dickens, p. 392). Dickens wrote to a contemporary that "I think Chuzzlewit is a hundred points immeasurably the best of my stories" (cited in Berard, Dickens and Landscape Discourse, p. 3).

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Description

Octavo. Original blue cloth, spine lettered in gilt, blind stamped decoration to covers, pale yellow endpapers.

Illustrations

Engraved frontispiece, vignette title page (£ sign transposed, no priority of issue), 38 engraved plates by H. K. Browne.

Condition

Bookseller's tickets to front pastedown, contemporary ownership inscription to title page. Spine slightly faded, joints split at foot with cloth slightly peeling, very light marking to covers, rear hinge slightly splitting but still firm, occasional light foxing to plates with slight offsets, open tear to final advertisement leaf affecting text. A very good copy.

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