The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club.
With forty-three illustrations by R. Seymour and Phiz.London, Chapman and Hall, 1837 Stock Code: 116613
NotesFirst edition, early issue, with most of the first issue points. All the plates are in early states with page numbers as called for but no titles or imprints, and the vignette title page with the signboard reads "Veller" (corrected to "Weller" in later issues). Robert Seymour provided the illustrations until he committed suicide; Robert William Buss then took over, but he was inexperienced in steel engraving and had to be replaced. The final choice, Hablot Knight Browne ("Phiz"), was to be Dickens's chosen collaborator for the next two decades. For later issues Phiz re-engraved the Seymour plates and entirely replaced the Buss plates. This copy includes the original plates by Buss and Seymour.
Octavo (212 x 450 mm). Contemporary black quarter calf, marbled paper boards, spine lettered in gilt, elaborate gilt and blind stamping to spine, gilt rule to edges of calf on boards, marbled endpapers.
Engraved frontispiece, vignette title page, 41 plates. Bookplate to front pastedown.
Some wear and rubbing to extremities, slight scuffs to boards, oxidisation to plates as often, a very good copy.
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