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DICKENS, Charles.

The Posthumous Papers of The Pickwick Club....

With forty-three illustrations, by R. Seymour and Phiz.

Availability: In stock

Published: London Chapman and Hall, 1837

Stock Code: 130554

£4,500
OR On display in 100 Fulham Road

Notes

First edition in book-form, in the original publisher's deluxe binding. Chapman and Hall issued Pickwick Papers in cloth for 21s., half-morocco for 24s. 6d., and full morocco with gilt edges for 26s. 6d. (Patton, p. 326). Variant deluxe publisher's bindings are known, including states in green morocco. Dickens's bibliographers have overlooked the deluxe bindings, and indeed have often not even noted their existence, with the result that the relative priorities of these states are unknown. Even so, it is evident that they are far scarcer than cloth-bound copies. This copy is an early issue with "Veller" on the engraved title page, the two Buss plates and the early Seymour plates before they were redone by Phiz, and the plates without the publisher's imprint; most of the textual errors are uncorrected, though signature "E" is present on p. 25.

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Description

Demy octavo (212 x 132 mm). Original purple morocco, spine lettered in gilt, covers panelled in blind, yellow endpapers, gilt edges.

Illustrations

Etched vignette title page, frontispiece, and 41 plates by Robert Seymour, R. W. Buss, and H. K. Browne; additional engraved "Illustrations" plate.

Condition

Contemporary ownership signature of John Wilson, dated December 1837, to front free endpaper. Some rubbing to spine with one small chip, hinges split, a couple of signatures standing slightly proud, large chip to rear free endpaper, some toning and foxing to plates as usual, very minor tear in gutter of p. 5. A very good copy.

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