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DICKENS, Charles.

The Nonesuch Dickens....

Published under the editorial direction of Arthur Waugh, Hugh Walpole, Walter Dexter and Thomas Hatton.

Availability: In stock

Published: London The Nonesuch Press, 1938-9

Stock Code: 130040

OR On display in 43 Dover Street


The Nonesuch edition, number 420 of only 877 sets. 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 - the limitation was enforced. This set includes the wood block of "The Rendezvous of the Mob" drawn by H. K. Browne (Phiz) for Barnaby Rudge, with a letter of authentication from Chapman and Hall signed by Deputy Chairman Arthur Waugh. Also included in the set is Nonesuch Dickensiana which contains an essay by Waugh concerning Dickens and his illustrators, a bibliographical list complied 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.

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25 volumes, large octavo. Original buckram in various colours, black morocco label to each spine, top edges rough gilt, others untrimmed.


Illustrated after the original plates. The 24th volume contains a mounted woodcut and original wood block from Barnaby Rudge by H. K. Browne together with a laid-in certificate of authenticity from Chapman and Hall.


Pages nice and clean, some spotting to a few of the boards, one hinge neatly repaired, small labels removed from most of the back boards with some traces remaining, spines a little sunned. Dickensiana has foxing to endpapers, bookseller's small ticket to front pastedown, boards faded and marked. A very good set.


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