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The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby. With illustrations by Phiz.

DICKENS, Charles.
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Book Description: Chapman & Hall. 1839, 1839. FIRST EDITION. Half title, engraved portrait frontispiece of the author by Daniel Maclise in first state with imprint, plates; plates a little browned. Contemporary dark green morocco presentation binding, ruled in gilt, edges gilt, well recased preserving original spine; a little rubbed. Comte Alain de Suzannet and Self bookplates. Green cloth fold-over wrapper in a green morocco-backed slipcase. INSCRIBED ON THE DEDICATION LEAF to the painter David Wilkie: 'Sir David Wilkie from his faithfully Charles Dickens'. Wilkie was the godfather of Wilkie Collins and a close friend of Dickens. Dickens spoke of Sir David Wilkie, in a tribute upon his death, as one 'who made the cottage hearth his grave theme, and who surrounded the lives, and cares, and daily toils, and occupations of the poor, with dignity and beauty'. Loosely inserted is a long letter from Wilkie to Mrs Ricketts describing the party held by Dickens upon the publication of Nickleby (14th October, 1839). 3 pages, 4to. Dickens wrote to Wilkie on 23rd September inviting him to the 'little dinner at The Albion, on 5th October'. Wilkie writes: ". From Lowther Castle I had to hurry on to town to be present at a scene, which to some of the gentle readers in your house would have possessed some claim - it was to be present at a fiesta given by Mr Dickens to the publishers, printers and artist, with various of his friends, about 20 in all on the completion of Nicholas Nickleby. It was at the Albion, Aldersgate St., Mr Dickens our host was in the chair, and Mr Macready, for whom the book was dedicated was on his right hand, and had to propose his health. Though a master of elocution, the occasion seemed to deprive him of the advantage this might be expected to give to a speaker, but one passage for the advantage of Miss Taylor and Miss Anna I will venture to repeat, in remarking on the peculiar style of Mr Dickens, he admired that faculty of supplying to the reader, not merely the bold adventure, and the startling incident, but was equally happy in all the little details and minute feelings of the every day intercourse of Life, so finely as he said characterised in the lines of Wordsworth as 'Those nameless and unnumbered acts, That make the best part of a good mans life!'. This led Mr Dickens to speak to me of Mr Wordsworth who he knew I had lately seen, and to express every great admiration for his genius, of which he thought the little poem 'We are Seven' was one of the most striking examples. What he seemed to like in this was divesting death of its horror, by treating it as a separation and not an extinction, he deprecated what in families occurred, of never alluding to a near relation deceased, said he lately met a severe loss, but took every pains to recall, the person deceased to his family about him. 'My talented friend rose much in my mind by this reflection on the work of our great poet, and I repeat it, supposing that to yourself and the readers of his writings around you it will have the same effect .'.". Bookseller Inventory # 58022

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David Copperfield. With illustrations by H.K. Browne.

DICKENS, Charles.
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Book Description: Bradbury & Evans. 1850, 1850. FIRST EDITION. Half title, frontispiece, additional engraved title, plates, 6-line errata. Contemporary half brown calf, red morocco label, marbled boards; a little rubbed. INSCRIBED by Dickens on the half title to his actor friend John Harley: 'John Pritt Harley from his friend Charles Dickens.' Small armorial bookplate on recto of first blank of Jacob Burnett. In the binding in which the book was presented by Dickens. This is a very special copy. Dickens's relationship with Harley is well documented and there are many letters. Vol. VI Page 568 of the Letters records Dickens promising to send Presentation Copies. 'The arrears shall be duly posted up. I am obliged to wait a little, in consequence of some of the books not being immediately come-at-able; but they shall be yours "anon anon Sir".' It is possible that Jacob Burnett was related to Henry Burnett husband of Fanny (Dickens's sister and 'dear companion & confidante'). Harley knew Henry Burnett well. John Pritt Harley, 1786-1858, actor and singer, renowned for his Shakespearean clowns and comic singing. He befriended Dickens in 1836. Bookseller Inventory # 58048

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Great Expectations.

DICKENS, CHARLES.
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Book Description: London Chapman and Hall 1861, 1861. Three octavo volumes. (iv), 344pp.; (ii), 351pp.; (ii), 344, + 32pp. of advertisements dated May, 1861. First edition, first impression. One of 1,000 copies. Widely acknowledged as Dickens's masterpiece, Great Expectations was one of only two novels not published in monthly parts and published without illustrations. It was serialized in the weekly periodical All the Year Round from December 1860 to August 1861; the first edition appeared on 6 July 1861. Great Expectations is the rarest of Dickens' larger books in that most of the first edition was purchased by libraries; those copies that survive, therefore, are usually not in good condition. This copy conforms to nearly all points established in the Clarendon edition; the exceptions all occurring in Vol. III, which points to a later state occurring within the first impression of that volume. Four additional printings, which were designated "editions," quickly followed, with all misprints preserved. This is a fine copy in publisher's bright violet cloth stamped in blind and gilt, showing minor toning to the spines. Inner hinges of volumes 1 and 3 barely starting. Housed in a full-morocco folding case which bears the bookplates of noted Dickens collectors Kenyon Starling and William E. Self. (Eckel, pp.91-93). Bookseller Inventory # 22141

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American Notes for General Circulation

DICKENS, CHARLES.
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Book Description: London: Chapman & Hall, 1842, 1842. First Edition. 3000 copies were printed and sold out within weeks. This is a presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title a day before publication, "The Earl of Mulgrave from his friend Charles Dickens, Eighteenth October 1842." Bound in late 19th century 3/4 calf and marbled boards; gilt decorated spines; an excellent copy. Mulgrave shared passage with Dickens on the Britannia, arriving in Boston together. Mulgrave and the author, wrapped in a fur coat against the New England winter, explored the town. The Earl went on to his assignment in Canada, where he and Dickens reunited some months later. Bookseller Inventory # 21194

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A Child's History of England. Vol. I 1853; Vols II & III

DICKENS, Charles.
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Book Description: Bradbury & Evans. 1853-54, 1853. FIRST EDITION. 3 vols. Half titles, frontispieces by F.W. Topham, 1p ads. in all vols; old tape repairs to inner hinges vol. I. Original violet-pink cloth, blocked in blind, front boards decorated in gilt; heads & tails of spines sl. rubbed with some sl. loss, boards a little dulled & marked. The Dedication leaf of vol. I is INSCRIBED: 'Emile de la Rue From Charles Dickens Fifth February, 1854'. Signed by Emile de la Rue in pencil on verso of leading f.e.p. Later bookplate of H. Lettenorier. In fold-over box. Smith Part II, 10; variant binding as described by Podeschi in note 3: fine rib-grained violet-pink cloth. On 4th December, 1853, Dickens wrote to Emile de la Rue a long letter: '. I am going to send you, please God, from England, a Bleak House in its real original form. I don't know whether you have read my Child's History - which contains the Truth respecting certain English Kings, whom it has been thought a kind of religious gentility to lie about. I will send that too, though I have my doubts whether it may not have earned the honour of being taboo'd by the Infallible Church'. In a letter to Leigh Hunt dated 31st January, 1855, Dickens mentions being sent prints of incidents in the Piedmontese War of Independence by a 'Genoese Friend' - presumably de la Rue. He and Dickens also joked together, particularly about the 'Visual Ray', a reference to Milton's 'visual ray to objects far' from Paradise Lost Book III. In style, subject and composition, this book differed from all Dickens's other works. This is also the only example of Dickens dictating the text to Georgina Hogarth; chapters two and four only are in his manuscript. Chapters had appeared irregularly in Household Words between 1851 & 1853. De la Rue was a Swiss banker; Dickens stayed with him & his wife Augusta at Genoa during his Italian visit, 1844-45. Dickens, who was fascinated by the art of mesmerism and had witnessed it being practised on numerous occasions, attempted to cure Mme de la Rue of her debilitating anxieties by mesmerising her himself. Bookseller Inventory # 58051

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A Christmas Carol

Dickens, Charles
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Book Description: Chapman and Hall, London, 1843. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. First Edition, First Printing SIGNED by Dickens on a laid in signature with NO indication of later edition printed on the title page. Later Editions state "second edition" or "third Edition" on the title page beneath the tree. This is the TRUE FIRST EDITION with the ORIGINAL green endpapers and ALL the First Issue points present. All four color plates are by Leech are vibrant in color. The 4 black and white illustrations by Linton are present. This First Issue also has 'Stave I' on page 1 with the uncorrected text and the 1843 date printed on the title page. The title page is printed in blue and red ink. The front board has the perfect 'D' within 'Dickens' and a 14mm closest gap from left margin to left of wreath. This copy is bound in the ORIGINAL publisher's brown Cloth. The binding is tight with light wear to the spine. The pages are clean with NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. A wonderful copy SIGNED by the author and housed in a custom clamshell slipcase. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # ABE-12065287250

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A CHRISTMAS CAROL

Dickens, Charles
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Book Description: 1843. [the first issue, FINE] In Prose. Being a Ghost Story of Christmas. With Illustrations by John Leech. London: Chapman & Hall, 1843. 2 pp undated ads. Original rose-brown cloth decorated in gilt. First Edition of Dickens's classic ghost story of Ebenezer Scrooge. Dickens wrote this in less than a month, motivated by financial need; he published it himself, with everyone else associated with the book working on a cost-plus basis. Though he wanted to produce a handsome gift volume (with colored plates, colored title page and all edges gilt), the expense of hand-colored plates cut considerably into his profits; as a result, this was his first and last book to include colored plates. The success of A CHRISTMAS CAROL (the first edition sold out on its publication day, 19 December 1843) put Dickens on a much firmer financial standing.~This is a copy of the first issue, with "Stave I" on p. [1] and with the text entirely uncorrected. It has the following additional issue points:~* title page in blue and red, dated 1843~* chalky green endpapers~ * 14-15mm between the gilt wreath and the left margin blind-stamping on the front cover~* a perfect "D" in "Dickens" in the front cover wreath~Bibliographers have disagreed over the years as to what if any significance these issue points may have, but according to the most recent exhaustive study (Todd's, analyzing the front cover), this copy is of the earliest state of the first issue. ~Except for a lengthy-but-discreet 1929 inscription on the front free endpaper, this copy is in FINE CONDITION: there is just one tiny droplet-mark on the front cover, and as usual the volume is slightly askew. Atypically, there is no wear at the spine ends, the endpapers are not cracked, and there are no repairs or "sophistication." The colored plates are clean and bright, and the textual leaves are entirely free of foxing.~Though the first edition of A CHRISTMAS CAROL is not a rare book, copies of the first issue in fine condition have become quite scarce -- as most copies coming onto the market are worn, or are faded, or have cracked endpapers, or have foxed leaves and darkened plates -- or all of the above; or, worse, have been re-cased, re-backed, or even re-bound. Not this copy. Smith II pp 16-29 (citing prior studies by Gimbel, by Calhoun & Heaney, and by Todd); Eckel pp 110-115. Housed in a felt-lined morocco-backed clamshell case. Bookseller Inventory # 12501

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A Christmas Carol, in Prose, Being a Ghost Story of Christmas

Dickens, Charles
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Book Description: Chapman & Hall, London, 1843. First edition. First Issue satisfying all of the points of priority. A fine copy. Four hand-colored and four ilustrations in line by John Leech. Original red-brown cloth with gilt wreath pattern and lettering in center of front cover and blindstamped borders on both covers. Spine with gilt wreath pattern and lettering. A completely unsophisticated and fine copy, the finest we have ever seen and from our notes, the finest copy we have found in the public record for many years. First issue with "Stave I" and all uncorrected textual errors. As well, our copy complies with all published bibliography on the earliest state as follows: title page in blue and red, dated 1843, chalky green endpapers, 14-15mm between the left margin of the blindstamped border and the gilt wreath, perfect "D" in "Dickens" on front cover. Here is a careful synopsis of condition: faintest of nicks in the cloth on the back cover, oustide edge (only 4mm), very slight separation of paper at the front hinge (at bottom, 1.5 cm), very slight cocking, least we have ever seen for a ubiquitous problem), corners almost insignificantly turned in with miniscule fraying to two corners- barely visible. Amazingly, the cloth covers are unmarked, unstained and unblemished. The gilt on cover and spine is bold and integral in every way. The hinges are completely in tact (except for small split as mentioned) and the green chalky endpapers are surprsingly green with rubbing really only present to one of the four endsheets/pastedowns. the gilt on all the edges is bold and vibrant. Internally, a stunning copy with very slight thumbing to title page and a few of the plates. The pages in this copy are stiff and white as though they'd been recently bleached. A brilliant, one-of-a-kind copy of arguably the greatest tale in the history of English Literature. Bookseller Inventory # 2101

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Book Description: London John Macrone 1836, 1837, 1837. Three small octavo volumes. viii, 348 pp.; (iv), 342pp.; viii, 377pp., + (19)pp. of advertisements. First edition, first issues in book form of Dickens's first work. Illustrated throughout with engravings by George Cruikshank, volumes I and II each with a frontispiece and seven subsequent illustrations, and the Second Series with frontispiece, engraved title-page, and eight subsequent illustrations. Volume I Preface dated February, 1836, and both volumes with all but one or two internal flaws as called for by Smith. Second Series is one of the few early copies without the list of illustrations, with thirteen rather than seventeen lines on the first page of the Contents; legible commas on the Free and Easy imprint; and with Vol. III unerased from the foot of each plate. According to Sadleir, these points "certainly seem to represent an earlier (and perhaps suppressed) issue of the book . . . the only possible explanation seems to be that [the publisher] and Dickens planned Sketches by Boz as a three-volume work, and that the plates were prepared for the third volume in uniform style with those of Volumes I and II. Possibly Dickens then insisted on adding more material than a normal third volume could accommodate, and a second series in one bulky volume was forced on the publisher." Eckel even more definitively states that the missing list of plates "prove[s] to be a mark of the first issue of the book." Although most of the sketches in this work were originally published as separate entries in various magazines and journals between 1833 and 1836, this edition does represent the first appearance of five of the sketches: "A Visit to Newgate," "The Black Veil," "The Great Winglebury Duel," "Our Next-Door Neighbours," and "The Drunkard's Death." The first two volumes are bound in publisher's olive green cloth, with a gilt cartouche and lettering on the spines. Corners lightly bumped, some minor spotting to cloth, else about fine. Second Series is bound in the rare original rose-colored cloth with blind-stamped wreath on the front cover and spine in four compartments, top compartment lettered in gilt within a decorative gilt frame. The gilding has been applied without black pigment, again indicating one of the early copies, as mentioned by Smith. Some bumping to corners, spine slightly sunned, and a few short closed tears in cloth at foot of spine. Nearly fine. Each volume in a green cloth chemise, the three volumes housed together in a quarter morocco slipcase lettered in gilt on the spine. This set came from the collection of William E. Self, former president of Twentieth Century Fox, and bears his bookplate. Both volumes also with the bookplates of noted collectors Winston Henry Hagen and E. Hubert Litchfield. A very nice set of a seminal work of modern Western literature, with excellent provenance. (Eckel, pp. 11-13; Sadleir I, 700; Smith 1, 2). Bookseller Inventory # 22180

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Great Expectations.

DICKENS, Charles.
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Book Description: Chapman & Hall. 1861, 1861. FIRST EDITION. 3 vols. Orig. purple vertical wavy-grained cloth, blocked in blind, spines lettered & decorated in gilt; sl. signs of library label removal from front boards, limited expert repairs to cloth, the yellow e.ps have at an early date been replaced with matching contemporary paper; repair to blank corner of pp115-116 in vol. III. Monogram bookplates: ?P.H.G.? & typical ownership inscription of the collector, Brent Gration-Maxfield, 1974, on pastedowns. In purpose-made, fold-over cloth box, leather label. FIRST EDITION, first impression, of Dickens?s rarest novel; vol. III in first state. See Clarendon Edition (Appendix D). A very good copy in original cloth and very scarce as such. Bookseller Inventory # 43484

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OLIVER TWIST;

Dickens, Charles
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Book Description: 1838. [our finest copy evah] or, The Parish Boy's Progress. By "Boz." In Three Volumes. London: Richard Bentley, 1838. 4 pp Vol I undated ads; 2 preliminary pp Vol III undated ads. Original purplish-brown fine-diaper cloth. First Edition, first issue, of this classic novel that has also been a hit as a Broadway musical. This is the "true first edition," not merely the "first edition in book form." Unlike most of Dickens's novels, OLIVER TWIST was not first issued in monthly serial parts; it did appear in "Bentley's Miscellany" magazine from February 1837 through April 1839, but this three-volume edition was published in November 1838. (OLIVER TWIST was finally issued in ten serial parts in 1846 -- one of the scarcest "Dickens in parts.")~Within a week after initial publication, copies began to be issued (at Dickens's insistence) with his name on the title pages (rather than "Boz"), and with the "church" plate replacing the "fireside" plate. This copy is of the first issue -- with "Boz" on the title pages and with the "fireside" plate at the end of Vol III. This set is in the primary fine-diaper cloth (some copies are in horizontally-ribbed cloth of the same color, but with a different arabesque design -- precedence unknown). This copy does have the "London/Bentley" imprint at the foot of the spines, where some copies are blank; it has been surmised that the blank binding is earlier, if only because Bentley would have been more likely to add than to remove his name from the volumes -- though precedence is far from certain. Lastly, the list of illustrations in Vol I is present in this copy: again it is uncertain whether its absence or its presence was the earlier state, though it is possible that Bentley may have begun inserting it when he realized that George Cruikshank's name had otherwise been omitted from the publication. (Bear in mind that the second issue, with Dickens's name on the title pages, was out within a week of the first; therefore, all of these questions of precedence among issue points involve only a few days.)~This set is in FINE condition: there is essentially no external wear to the cloth, the spine gilt remains bright, the original yellow endpapers exhibit only the merest hint of cracking, there is scarcely any foxing at all on the textual leaves or plates. in fact, the ONLY notable flaw is that on two covers there is a faint partial glass-ring. Period. This is the best copy we have offered in our almost-35-years in business. Smith I pp 28-37; Gimbel A27; Eckel pp 59-61; Carter BV p. 107 and MBV p. 7. Housed in a morocco-backed clamshell case. Bookseller Inventory # 12634

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Oliver Twist, in 10 monthly parts.

DICKENS, Charles.
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Book Description: Bradbury & Evans, London, 1846. hardcover. Book Condition: very good. 8vo, printed green wrapper, designed by George Cruikshank. 24 plates. London: Bradbury & Evans, January - October, 1846. Parts 3-9 are in exceptionally fine condition. The front wrapper of Part 1 is slightly darkened, with a small chip at the lower spine; Part 2 is lacking the upper spine; In part 10, the margins of the front wrapper have been expertly restored, and the one leaf ad on yellow paper is not present. The "Oliver Twist Advertisers" in parts 1 & 2 are present as required, although one is bound in at front rather than the back. The 24 plates are all present, but not in the sequence described in Hatton & Cleaver. The set is preserved in a full green morocco slipcase, with an elaborately gilt spine. This edition followed on previous publications; firstly as a serial in Bentley's Miscellany, Feb. 1837 - March, 1829. Before the close of the serial it came out in 3 volume form. The present issue, in parts, generally known as the first octavo edition, was always prized by collectors and consequently is the more valuable of the Oliver Twists. Eckels, p. 62. "Complete sets can without exaggeration be described as of the utmost rarity, whether in fine, moderate or poor condition." Hatton & Cleaver, p 215. Bookseller Inventory # 151301

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Adventures of Oliver Twist Or, The Parish Boy's Progress

DICKENS, Charles
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Book Description: London Bradbury and Evans, 1846. Exceptionally Rare in Parts DICKENS, Charles. The Adventures of Oliver Twist: or, The Parish Boyís Progress. . With Twenty-Four Illustrations on Steel, By George Cruikshank. A New Edition, Revised and Corrected. London: Published for the Author, by Bradbury and Evans, [January - October] 1846. First edition of the very rare ten monthly parts issue. Octavo. [1]2-311[312],[i-v]vi-vii[viii-ix]x-xii pp. The twenty-four plates are those used for the original Bentley magazine issue, re-touched, re-bitten, and "enhanced" by the engraver Findlay, and with the Bentley imprints erased. Cruikshank also designed the front wrapper for the parts issue, with very attractive, well-balanced, and appealing results The set at hand collates complete with all the plates, text and advertisements according to Hatton & Cleaver's description pp. 215-224. All wrappers correct and complete as well. Some of the parts professionally rebacked, or with other small neat repairs. Part VII front wrapper has been extended in bottom margin, but still a bit short. Front wrapper of part V and back wrapper of part VII trimmed a bit short on bottom margin. Back wrapper of part X slightly soiled. The usual rubbing and foxing to parts. One of the most difficult works of Dickens to find in parts. Period ownership inscription on the front wrapper of parts IV, VI and VIII. Still a handsome set. Housed in a blue quarter morocco slipcase and chemise. ".[S]ets of the ten parts can, without exaggeration, be described as of the utmost rarity, whether in fine, moderate, or poor condition, and only exceeded by the 'high-spots' of Pickwick and the Sketches. As recently as 1931, it would have been an impossibility to purchase any kind of conditioned copy in the London book-market; for the simple reason that none were [sic] on offer or could be offered. The very scarcity alone, of the book in parts, gives added zest to the tracking down of copies, but many would-be owners are doomed to disappointment in their efforts to effect a capture, in face of the very limited supply available." Hatton and Cleaver, pp. 215-224. HBS 65570. $30,000. Bookseller Inventory # 65570

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A Tale of Two Cities (in 8 monthly parts)

Dickens, Charles
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Book Description: Chapman and Hall, London, 1859. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. First Editions, First Printings in the ORIGINAL 8 monthly parts in seven books. A wonderful set. These monthly parts are bound in the ORIGINAL blue wrappers with the First Issue text with p. 213 showing "113" and the List of Plates bearing signature "b." This set collates complete, with the often-seen substitution of the Morison "Monument" ad for the Morison "View" ad in Part III and with a substitution of the slip from Part I in Part V. De Jongh ad at the back of part V is a different issue. The Plates in the wrappers are lightly foxed with minor wear to the wrappers. Overall, a beautiful set seldom seen in the original parts. Includes a custom drop box bound to protect the parts. We buy Dickens in parts. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-12487726004

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A Christmas Carol. In Prose. Being a Ghost Story of Christmas.

Dickens, Charles
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Book Description: Carey & Hart, Philadelphia, 1844. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Fine. John Leech (illustrator). First Edition. FIRST AMERICAN EDITION. Bears the bookplate of James A. Stillman (1873-1944) chief executive of National City Bank of New York and a prominent book collector An exceptionally Fine copy with almost no wear; opposite the bookplate, on the ffep, there seems to be a faint impression of an earlier erased gift inscription, which is very faint. Original blind stamped and gilt decorated dark blue cloth covers, a rare example due to its exceptionally fine condition, minimal internal ageing, all plates pristine. Bookseller Inventory # 15805

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Book Description: London Chapman & Hall, 1844. "Trial Issue," with the Title-Page Printed in Red and Green DICKENS, Charles. A Christmas Carol. In Prose. Being a Ghost Story of Christmas. With Illustrations by John Leech. London: Chapman & Hall, 1844. First edition, first issue, the very rare so-called "trial issue," with title-page printed in red and green and half-title in green; "Stave I;" text entirely uncorrected; yellow coated endpapers. (Very few copies were published with first issue points in 1844). Small octavo. [8], 166, [2, ads] pp. Four hand-colored steel-engraved plates by and after Leech and four wood-engraved text illustrations by W.J. Linton after Leech. Original cinnamon vertically-ribbed cloth. Outer hinge repaired. Covers decoratively stamped in blind, front cover and spine decoratively stamped and lettered in gilt, all edges gilt. Binding matches Toddís first impression, first issue, with closest interval between blindstamped border and gilt wreath equal to 14 mm. and with the "D" in "Dickens" in perfect condition. Spine a little faded, previous owner's contemporary signatures on front free endpaper. Overall, a wonderful copy of this great rarity, exceptionally clean and bright. Housed in a half red morocco clamshell case. Although A Christmas Carol was published in Dec. of 1843, it is believed that Dickens wanted this to originally have an 1844 date to show that it was a new book for Christmas. Eckel calls this edition "the scarcest." Smith, Dickens, II, 4. Calhoun & Heaney, especially pp. 35, 48-49. Eckel, p. 118. HBS 67075. $30,000. Bookseller Inventory # 67075

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Oliver Twist; or, the Parish Boy's Progress. by "Boz." In Three Volumes

Dickens, Charles
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Book Description: Richard Bentley, London, 1838. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. First Edition, First Printing. This book has the First issue point with the 'Fireside' plate and the author credited as 'Boz' to the title page. This copy is SIGNED by Charles Dickens on a laid in envelope. An attractive copy with light wear to the spine and edges. The bindings in all three books are tight, bound in the ORIGINAL publisher's cloth. The pages are clean with light discoloration. There is NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. Overall, a lovely copy of this (3) Volume First Edition SIGNED by the author. We buy Charles Dickens First Editions. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # ABE-11873974965

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A Christmas Carol

Dickens, Charles
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Book Description: Chapman and Hall, London, 1843. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. First Edition, First Printing. This is the TRUE FIRST EDITION with following First Issue points present "Four hand colored steel-engraved plates by John Leech" "Four black and white wood-engraved illustrations by W.J. Linton" "The title page in printed in blue and red" "dated 1843 on title page" "The front board has a perfect 'D' within 'Dickens' and a 14mm closest gap from left margin to left of wreath" with two pages of advertisement present on last page." A wonderful copy. The book is great shape. The binding is tight with NO cocking or leaning and the boards are crisp with minor wear. The pages are exceptionally clean with NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. A sharp copy housed in a custom clamshell slipcase. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-13175143843

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A Tale of Two Cities.

DICKENS, Charles.
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Book Description: London: Chapman & Hall, 1859, 1859. Octavo. Original red cloth, covers blindstamped, spine gilt-lettered, pale yellow endpapers. Red morocco-backed folding case, spine lettered in gilt, by the Lakeside Press, Chicago. Spine very lightly rubbed, inner hinges skilfully repaired, etched title detached, else a very good copy. 32-page publisher's advertisement at end dated November 1859. Etched frontispiece, title and 14 plates by Hablot K. Browne ("Phiz"). Contemporary ownership inscription of G. Musgrave, Eden Hall (near Penrith), on front free endpaper and title; engraved bookseller's ticket of Charles Thurnam & Sons, Carlisle, on front pastedown. First edition in book form, first issue, the list of contents with signature "b" and with page 213 misnumbered 113. The novel was published in book form on 21 November 1859. Eckel, p. 90; Smith I:13; Yale/Gimbel A143. Bookseller Inventory # 60383

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A Christmas Carol. In Prose. Being a Ghost Story of Christmas

Dickens, Charles
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Book Description: Chapman and Hall, London, 1843. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. First Edition, First Printing with 'Stave I' on page 1 and uncorrected text. This is the TRUE FIRST EDITION with the First issue points. The title page in printed in blue and red, dated 1843. The copy has the ORIGINAL green endpapers. The front board has a perfect 'D' within 'Dickens' and a 14mm closest gap from left margin to left of wreath. A beautiful UNRESTORED copy bound in the ORIGINAL publisher's Cloth. The binding is tight with light wear to the boards. The pages are clean with minor wear. There is NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. Overall, a lovely copy in collector's condition. We buy Charles Dickens First Editions. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-11874319336

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Great Expectations

Dickens, Charles
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Book Description: Chapman and Hall, 1861. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. 1st Edition. First edition, first issue, rebound in quarter leather and marbled paper. One of only 1,000 copies of the true first edition. Very good condition. Housed in a custommade collector's clamshell case with leather spine and gold tooling and lettering. Bookseller Inventory # 107909

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A Tale of Two Cities

Dickens, Charles
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Book Description: Chapman and Hall, London, 1859. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. First Edition, First Printing. This is the TRUE FIRST EDITION with the First issue point with page 213 miss-paginated. The publisher's catalog is present and dated November 1859. This copy is SIGNED by Charles Dickens on a laid in check dated 1859, the same year this book was published. A wonderful UNRESTORED copy bound in the ORIGINAL publisher's Red Cloth. The binding is tight with light wear to the boards. The pages are clean with minor discoloration to the endpapers. There is NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. Overall, a lovely copy of this First Edition SIGNED by the author. We buy Charles Dickens First Editions. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # ABE-11874317723

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Book Description: Chapman & Hall. MDCCCXXXVII. 1837, 1837. FIRST EDITION. Original pale lavender printed wrappers bound into full tan calf, gilt spine, dentelles & borders, green label. Bookplate of Ralph Clutton. v.g. In cloth slipcase. VanderPoel B526; without a frontispiece and with all first edition points. Based on 'The Winglebury Duel' in Sketches by Boz, Dickens's text was heavily revised during rehearsals and various songs were added that were needed to turn it into a 'burletta'. The result was a triumph. The little play was, according to The Times, 'very well received throughout, and announced for repetition with great applause'. It was, the reviewer noted, 'from the pen of a gentleman who has very much amused the town by the broad humour and downright fun of sketches published by him under the soubriquet "Boz".' John Pritt Harley played the title role for sixty nights; others in the cast were Madame Sala, the mother of George Augustus Sala, who became one of Dickens's brightest young men on Household Words, and the Misses Smith - nieces of Kitty Stephen, who became the Countess of Essex. The Strange Gentleman was written before Pickwick; Dickens sent the manuscript to Chapman & Hall in February 1836: 'Dear Sirs, Pickwick is at length begun in all his might and glory. The first chapter will be ready tomorrow. I want to publish The Strange Gentleman. If you have no objection to doing it, I should be happy to let you have the refusal of it. I need not say that nobody else has seen or heard of it. Believe me (in a Pickwickian haste), Faithfully yours CD'. Bookseller Inventory # 57953

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Great Expectations

Dickens, Charles
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Book Description: Chapman and Hall, London, 1861. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. First Edition, First Printing, fifth issue. Three volumes, including the publisher's catalog dated August 1861 at the rear of Volume III. Bound in the ORIGINAL publisher's ribbed purple cloth binding, with ruling and decorations in blind to boards, lettering and decorations in gilt to spine. Each volume with bright boards, toning to the spines, wear to the extremities, some light rubbing across. Volume I, with spine cracked at front hinge, former owner's signature to the dedication page. Volumes II and III each starting at front hinges, former owner's signature to the title pages. Each volume with otherwise intact spines and extremely bright and clean interiors. This copy has the majority of the first issue points, with only a few of the corrections that were made after the first issue. Overall, a clean and attractive set, extremely rare in the unsophisticated publisher's cloth. Smith I, 14. Great Expectations was originally published serially in All the Year Round, the author's literary magazine, in thirty-six weekly issues from December 1860-August 1861. It is one of Dickens' two novels that was not illustrated in the first book edition, the other being Hard Times. The first issue of the first edition, published on July 6, 1861, was followed by four subsequent issues of the same edition, published on August 5, August 17, September 21, and October 30 of the same year. Smith notes that "These first five issues were probably printed at a single impression and published with altered title pages to imply and encourage a rapid sale In all five issues, the same misprints persist." Thus, the first five issues are essentially the same first edition with varying title pages, printed simultaneously and issued in successive intervals. While some of the first issue's misprints were fixed, the corrections were not all-encompassing, yielding a variety of misprints and corrections in the first issues. For example, this volume contains some of the later issue corrections, but includes an earlier catalog that was also published in earlier issues. The first issue, which included a print run of 1,000 copies was "almost entirely taken up by the libraries," leaving only a few hundred copies for private ownership and increasing the rarity of a privately-owned later issue of the first printing. Great Expectations is Dickens' thirteenth novel. Like his 1850 novel David Copperfield, it is a bildungsroman that follows the protagonist's life from childhood to adulthood and is written entirely in the first-person. Great Expectations tells the story of a young orphan boy named Pip and his "great expectations" of becoming a gentleman and receiving his benefactor's wealth and property. A classic Victorian novel, Great Expectations features many of Dickens' recurring themes, including orphans, prison life, and Victorian society. Overall, a solid unrestored, uniform set, all original and not made up or supplied from other copies. An affordable copy in collector's condition. We buy Dickens First Editions!!!. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-11911268622

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A CHRISTMAS CAROL IN PROSE. First Issue

Dickens, Charles
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Book Description: Chapman & Hall London 1843, London, 1843. First Printing. Illustrated by Leech (illustrator). First Edition. Very good tight, bright condition, spine tips worn hardback Green endpapers, red & blue title page, etc.Overall a very good copy of the First Issue, in a custom made clamshell box. Bookseller Inventory # 020416

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GREAT EXPECTATIONS.

Dickens, Charles [1812 - 1870].
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Book Description: S. H Goetzel & Co., J. Y. Thompson, Printer., Mobile:, 1863. A very rare [on the market] edition of this classic Dickens' tale. APBC shows no copies at auction these past 30+ years. Binding - Fine. Text Block - About VG (front wrapper with restoration/browning & spotting to text/the occasional paper defect). Modern blue half-morocco leather binding with marbled paper boards. Original front wrapper, printed on wall-paper, bound-in. 7-3/4" x 5-1/8". 1st Confederate edition (Parrish & Willingham 6301). Not in Gimbel, nor VanderPoel. 388 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 34409

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A Tale of Two Cities

DICKENS, CHARLES.
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Book Description: London: Chapman and Hall, 1859, 1859. First Edition; first binding; publisher's maroon cloth; 32 page publisher's catalogue (not present in all copies); owner's 20th century ink notation on the front free endpaper; hinges and spine archivally mended (not rebacked or recased); some foxing; a very good copy. Bookseller Inventory # 25319

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Christmas Books

DICKENS, Charles
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Book Description: Chapman & Hall. Bradbury & Evans, 1843. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. No Jacket. 1st Edition. 5 titles: 1. A Christmas Carol. London: Chapman & Hall, 1843. [viii], 166, [2] pp. Four hand-colored engraved plates and illustrations in the text by John Leech. Faded period inscription to half-title, some faint spots. First issue with title-page in red and blue, dated 1843, "stave l" on p 1. 2. The Chimes. London: Chapman and Hall, 1845. [viii], 175, [1] pp. Additional engraved title, frontispiece, illustrations throughout by John Leech, Richard Doyle, and others. A few faint spots, but generally clean. First state with publisher's name engraved on additional title. 3. The Cricket on the Hearth. London: for the author by Bradbury and Evans, 1846. [viii], 174, [2] pp. Additional engraved title, frontispiece and illustrations throughout by John Leech, Richard Doyle and others. Minor toning, else internally clean. First edition, with second state of advertisement leaf. 4. The Battle of Life. London: Bradbury & Evans, 1846. [viii], 175, [3] pp. Additional engraved title, frontispiece, illustrations throughout by Daniel Maclise, Richard Doyle, John Leech and others. Lightly toned, but generally internally clean. First edition, with 4th state of engraved title as often found. 5. The Haunted Man and the Ghost's Bargain. London: Bradbury & Evans, 1848. [viii], 188 pp. Additional engraved title, frontispiece and illustrations throughout by John Tenniel, John Leech and others. Generally internally clean. First edition. All bound in full crimson morocco, spines gilt, upper covers with morocco inlay vignettes depicting characters from each of the works, a.e.g., all with original cloth bound in at end, for Henry Sotheran. Custom cloth slipcase. Bookseller Inventory # 308243

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A Tale of Two Cities

Dickens, Charles
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Book Description: Chapman and Hall, 1859. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. London Chapman and Hall, 1859. Beautiful First edition, First Issue in the Original Red Cloth DICKENS, Charles. A Tale of Two Cities. With Illustrations by H.K. Browne. London: Chapman and Hall, 1859. First edition, first issue in the primary binding. Octavo 8 3/4 x 5 9/16 inches; 222 x 141 mm. [i-vii] viii [ix-x], [1] 2-254; Sixteen inserted plates, including frontispiece and vignette title, by Browne ['Phiz']. All eight of Smith's internal flaws necessary for the first issue present, including page 213 misnumbered 113. Publisherís primary binding of deep red sand-grain cloth, covers stamped in blind, spine lettered in gilt. Edges uncut. Cloth on boards is still a rich red. Housed in a full leather decorated red morocco clamshell case. An excellent copy. A Tale of Two Cities was first serialized in Dickensís periodical All the Year Round, from April 30-November 26, 1859. Its appearance in monthly parts (July-December 1859) and book form mark Dickensís return to his old publishers Chapman and Hall, after a long stay with Bradbury and Evans. The extremely large audience for the novel in All the Year Round, however, left less than the usual demand for the parts issue and, at first, for the book, both of which are now quite rare. This title also marks the authorís final collaboration with Phiz, Dickensís most evocative and most sympathetic illustrator. Smith I, 13. Hatton and Cleaver, pp. 333-342. Bookseller Inventory # 107910

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Tale of Two Cities, A

DICKENS, Charles |
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Book Description: London: Chapman and Hall, 1859., 1859. True First EditionA Spectacular Copy In Original Green Cloth With 1859 Title-PageDICKENS, Charles. A Tale of Two Cities. With Illustrations by H.K. Browne. London: Chapman and Hall, 1859.First edition, second state with title-page still dated 1859 but with corrected pagination on page 213 and no signature "b" on the list of plates. Octavo. [i-vii]viii[ix-x], [1]2-254 pp. Sixteen inserted plates, including frontispiece and vignette title, by Browne ['Phiz'].Publisherís secondary binding of moderate olive green fine-diaper cloth, covers stamped in blind, spine lettered in gilt, original pale yellow coated endpapers. Boards remarkably fresh. Text and plates very clean and bright with just a minimal scattering of unobtrusive foxing. Just a tiny amount of wear to the top and bottom of the spine, inner hinges very expertly and almost invisibly strengthened. Armorial bookplate of Sir James Martin on front pastedown. A wonderful copy of this late novel, now extremely scarce in either of the original cloth bindings. This is by far the finest copy in original Ďgreení cloth of A Tale of Two Cities that we have ever seen, and although it is the Ďsecondary bindingí, itís superlative condition really does justify itís addition to any fine Dickens collection. Chemised in a full green morocco slip case.This is a true first edition, second state in the original olive-green cloth. The red cloth issue is usually regarded as the primary binding, but copies in the olive-green cloth with the title-page dated 1859 are considered very scarce. Copies in the green-cloth binding were thereafter issued with a title-page dated 1860. These are referred to as the 'third' issue."In the very earliest state there are two pages numbered 113, page 213 furnishing the error. This was not corrected until some copies had been printed. The absence of this error does not necessarily invalidate a first edition, though the error is much preferred because it indicates a prior or earlier printing." Eckel pp. 86/87.A Tale of Two Cities was first serialized in Dickensís periodical All the Year Round, from April 30-November 26, 1859. Its appearance in monthly parts (July-December 1859) and book form marks Dickensís return to his old publishers Chapman and Hall, after a long stay with Bradbury and Evans. The extremely large audience for the novel in All the Year Round, however, left less than the usual demand for the parts issue and, at first, for the book, both of which are quite rare. This title also marks the authorís final collaboration with Phiz, Dickensís most evocative and most sympathetic illustrator. Smith I, 13. Bookseller Inventory # 00734

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