The Posthumous Papers of The Pickwick Club.
With forty-three illustrations, by R. Seymour and Phiz.London: Chapman and Hall, 1838 Stock Code: 121406
First edition in book form, of the work that transformed Dickens from an obscure journalist into England's most famous writer in a matter of months. This is a later issue with the two Buss plates replaced with those by Phiz (facing pages 52 and 74), titles and imprints for the plates, and the vignette title page with the signboard reading "Weller" (spelled "Veller" in early issues); the letterpress title page here is also in secondary state, dated 1838, though this need not necessarily imply that this copy was issued in that calendar year. Victorian publishers habitually post-dated books that they hoped would sell well over the Christmas season and into the New Year. Originally published as a serial in 19 parts between April 1836 and November 1837, The Pickwick Papers was Dickens's first novel.
Octavo (220 x 145 mm). Contemporary half calf for Hatchard and Co, marbled sides, raised bands and decoration in gilt, tan morocco label, green endpapers.
Etched frontispiece and titlepage vignette with 41 plates by R. Seymour and Phiz (H. K. Browne).
Ownership mark on verso of front endpaper dating to 1925. Spine beginning to crease, some wear to covers, light rubbing to extremities, slight foxing on plates. An excellent copy.
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