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DICKENS, Charles.

The Works....

Edition Definitive.

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Published: New York R. G. Newbegin Company, 1902

Stock Code: 127586

OR On display in 43 Dover Street


The highly limited "edition definitive", number 14 of 15; this set is additionally extra-illustrated and sumptuously bound. This edition was issued with the original frontispieces, engraved title pages and etchings by "Phiz" et al printed and mounted on india-proof paper, as well as each volume containing an original pen and ink watercolour frontispiece from the original art work by Kyd. This set is extra-illustrated with an additional 168 watercolour plates and 32 colour printed plates. This is one of the most desirable Dicken's sets available; just two other complete sets have been traced at auction, neither of which were extra-illustrated, and no copies have been traced institutionally.

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60 volumes, large octavo (257 x 174 mm). Contemporary red morocco, spines lettered and elaborately tooled in gilt, decorative gilt frames to covers surrounding central tulip ornaments in gilt with purple morocco onlay, green morocco tulip design doublures with red and purple morocco onlays, design and turn-ins tooled in gilt, green moiré silk free endpapers, all edges gilt.


Title pages printed on japon in red and black. With 539 mounted engraved or woodcut plates on india-proof paper, a further 245 illustrations in the text on india-proof paper, 228 additional watercolours by hand, each depicting characters from the books, a


Spines of four volumes professionally refurbished. A touch of shelfwear, spines uniformly browned, slight marks sporadically to covers, occasional white marks to covers and endpapers, some offsetting from plates to tissue guards, occasional short closed tears, a couple of small punctures to free endpapers, very occasional creasing and slight tears to tissue guards. A superb set.


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