The Nonesuch Dickens.
Published under the editorial direction of Arthur Waugh, Hugh Walpole, Walter Dexter and Thomas Hatton.London : 1938-9 Stock Code: 139227
NotesThe Nonesuch edition, one of 877 sets, this set unnumbered. This peculiar limitation is due to the inclusion with each set of one of the original plates used in Chapman and Hall's first printings of each title. Since they held in their archive 877 such plates - the majority steel but with a number of wood blocks, as here - the limitation was enforced. This set includes the original wood block (and a proof print) "On Dangerous Ground" by Luke Fildes, originally facing page 50 in the first edition of The Mystery of Edwin Drood, together with the certificate of authenticity from Chapman and Hall, signed by Deputy Chairman Arthur Waugh. Also included in the set is the Nonesuch Dickensiana which contains an essay by Waugh concerning Dickens and his illustrators, a bibliographical list compiled by Hatton of the illustrations to the works by Dickens, a retrospect of previous editions of Dickens's works, and, finally, a prospectus for the Nonesuch Dickens.
25 volumes, large octavo. Original buckram in various colours, black morocco label to each spine, top edges rough gilt, others untrimmed.
Illustrated throughout after the original plates; with original wood block (see below).
Contents partly unopened; Nonesuch Dickensiana with subscription form and envelope loosely inserted. A few instances of very minor rubbing and soiling to cloth, spines a little sunned with slight scratch to David Copperfield, minor fraying at head of spine of Nonesuch Dickensiana, contents clean. An excellent set.
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