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Great Expectations (3 Volume Set): Dickens, Charles

Dickens, Charles

Published by Chapman and Hall, London (1861)

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Item Description: Chapman and Hall, London, 1861. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. First Editions, First Printings of all three books without any "edition" printed on the title pages. Later editions such as second, third, fourth and fifth impressions state the impression on the title page. A wonderful set bound in the ORIGINAL publisher's purple/blue cloth limited to 1000 copies printed. This book was First published without illustrations in 36 weekly parts in Dickens's magazine All the Year Round from 1 December 1860 to 3 August 1861. Dickens had planned to issue Great Expectations in monthly parts, but sales of All the Year Round were declining during the serialization of Charles Lever's A Long Day's Ride: A Life's Romance and never happened. Great Expectations and Hard Times were the only two novels by Dickens NOT published in parts. The bindings of all three books are tight, with NO cocking or leaning and the boards are crisp with some wear. There is some spotting and discoloration to the boards. The pages are clean with some foxing to each book. Overall, a wonderful set of this TRUE FIRST EDITION housed in a custom clamshell slipcase for preservation. We buy Dickens First Editions. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-14219979459

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Dickens, Charles

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Item Description: 1868. Signed "Charles Dickens (with a large flourish) Washington, D.C. Seventh February 1868." Large oval portrait photograph measures 13 inches by 13 inches. Matted and framed in a walnut frame which measures 24 inches by 27 inches. On his Washington tour he met President Andrew Johnson and signed this photograph on the date of that meeting, February 7, which also happened to be Dickens's birthday. Dickens discussed in a letter to his friend and agent John Foster regarding that day, "This scrambling scribblement is resumed this morning, because I have just seen the President: who had sent to me very courteously asking me to make my own appointment. He is a man with a remarkable face." From the Library of The Cosmos Club in Washington, D.C. Portrait photographs of this size signed by Dickens are exceptionally rare, especially with such noted provenance. Bookseller Inventory # 5825

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Adventures of Oliver Twist Or, The Parish: Dickens, Charles

Dickens, Charles

Published by London Bradbury and Evans (1846)

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Item Description: London Bradbury and Evans, 1846. Soft cover. Book Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. First Editions, First Printings bound in the ORIGINAL blue/green wrappers SIGNED by Charles Dickens on a handwritten check laid into the first volume. A beautiful complete set in ten parts that were issued monthly. All the wrappers are ORIGINAL with NO missing pages. The colors on the spines match and have benefitted from some professional restoration. Overall, a wonderful set housed in a custom clamshell slipcase for preservation SIGNED by the author. We buy Charles Dickens First Editions. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # ABE-15214791011

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Sketches by "Boz," Illustrative of Every-day Life,: Dickens, Charles
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Item Description: John Macrone, London, 1837. Cruikshank, George (illustrator). 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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A Christmas Carol: Dickens, Charles

Dickens, Charles

Published by Chapman and Hall, London (1843)

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Item Description: Chapman and Hall, London, 1843. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. First Edition, First Printing SIGNED by Dickens on a handwritten envelope laid into the book. 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 most important point '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. We buy SIGNED Dickens First Editions. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # ABE-12065287250

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DICKENS, Charles

Published by London Bradbury and Evans (1846)

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Item Description: London Bradbury and Evans, 1846. Exceptionally Rare in Parts Partially Un-Opened DICKENS, Charles. The Adventures of Oliver Twist: or, The Parish Boy’s 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 revised edition in ten monthly parts. Partially un-opened. Octavo. [i-v]vi-vii[viii-ix]x-xii, [1]2-311[312]. The twenty-four plates are those used for the original Bentley edition, 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. Overall, in amazingly fresh and satisfying condition: wrappers bright and clean without edge fraying; text and plates clean; edges sharp; not at all tired or worn. Some minor paper restoration but overall, a fine copy of a true prize. ".[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 67346. $35,000. Bookseller Inventory # 67346

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A CHRISTMAS CAROL: Dickens, Charles

Dickens, Charles

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Item 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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Oliver Twist, in 10 monthly parts: DICKENS, Charles

DICKENS, Charles

Published by Bradbury & Evans, London (1846)

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Item Description: Bradbury & Evans, London, 1846. hardcover. Book Condition: very good. First. 8vo, printed green wrapper, designed by George Cruikshank. 24 plates. London: Bradbury & Evans, January - October, 1846. Parts 3-9 are in 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, page 62. "Complete sets can without exaggeration be described as of the utmost rarity, whether in fine, moderate or poor condition." Hatton & Cleaver, page 215. Bookseller Inventory # 256411

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Christmas Books, comprising A CHRISTMAS CAROL; THE: Dickens Charles

Dickens Charles

Published by London Bradbury and Evans and Chapman and Hall 1843, '45, '46, '46, '48 (1843)

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Item Description: London Bradbury and Evans and Chapman and Hall 1843, '45, '46, '46, '48, 1843. Together 5 volumes. First edition, first issue of A CHRISTMAS CAROL with the green endpapers, Stave I and all 39 points of uncorrected text; the first edition of THE CHIMES, with the second state of the vignette titlepage as usual; CRICKET is first edition with the second state of the advertisement leaf as is normally found; BATTLE being the first edition, fourth titlepage design as usual, and first edition of HAUNTED MAN. Numerous illustrations within the four volumes by John Leech, Clarkson Stanfield, John Tenniel, Richard Doyle, Edwin Landseer, Daniel Maclise and Frank Stone. CHRISTMAS CAROL includes the four hand-coloured plates etched by John Leech. Small 8vos, each book in the publisher's original cloth, that of the CHRISTMAS CAROL being the original reddish-brown vertically ribbed, with the closest interval between the left margin blind-stamping and left extremity of the wreath at 14 mm; a.e.g. And a perfect "D" within the wreath on the front panel. It collates perfectly with both Eckel and Todd; Smith, Part II, 4. The others being the original crimson cloth each decorated in gilt on the upper covers and the spines in motifs drawn from the stories. The five novels now all presented together in a very fine red morocco-backed slipcase lettered in gilt between tall raised bands. A sumptuous set, very handsomely preserved and presented. CAROL clean and tight and fine but for the lightest age mellowing, very skillfully strengthened at the inner hinge, CHIMES, CRICKET and BATTLE all fine copies, exceptionally clean and the HAUNTED MAN very near to fine. A BEAUTIFUL SET OF THE FIVE GREAT CHRISTMAS NOVELS PENNED BY CHARLES DICKENS ALL IN THE PUBLISHER'S ORIGINAL CLOTH. A CHRISTMAS CAROL IS ONE OF THE GREATEST BOOKS IN ALL OF LITERATURE. With its publication, Dickens' captured the popular imagination as no other novelist had done, he was held in in high critical esteem by contemporaries as varied as Queen Victoria and Dostoevsky. He called his extremely popular 'Christmas Carol' a "whimsical sort of masque intended to awaken loving and forbearing thoughts." The lasting appeal of this novel has proven it to be much more. It had been dramatized on the London stage within a month of its publication and has been made into no less then 17 motion pictures. John Leech illustrated Dickens’ classic "Christmas Carol" with four etched plates and several woodcuts within the text. The early impressions such as this one featured hand-colouring to the etched plates. In later editions, the plates were either not colored, not present, or the product of other illustrators. The plates from the early issues feature Leechs’ etched signature and the Chapman and Hall imprint. Leech was a favored illustrator of Dickens and would later produce art for all of Dickens' Christmas books and several other titles as well. THE CHIMES was Dickens’ second installment in the "Christmas Books" series and his labors in creating THE CHIMES were "very arduous" in order to make it a worthy successor to A CHRISTMAS CAROL. He wrote to one of his friends that he believed he had "written a tremendous book and knocked the ‘Carol’ out of the field. It will make a great uproar I have no doubt." THE CRICKET ON THE HEARTH was third in Dickens’ Christmas Book Series. The title grew out of Dickens’ idea to begin a weekly periodical named "The Cricket" with an added motto, "A cheerful creature that chirrups on the hearth." Dickens relinquished that idea to instead concentrate on the venture that resulted in the founding of the "The Daily News." The original periodical idea manifested itself in his "Household Words." 'THE CRICKET' was extremely popular when issued. Within one year there had been twenty two editions printed. THE BATTLE OF LIFE was the fourth installment in Dickens’ series of Christmas Books. Dickens managed to find the time to complete the manuscript while working on DOMBEY AND SON in Switzerland and in December of 1846 the book was released, selling 23,000 copies. Bookseller Inventory # 27003

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Dickens, Charles

Published by Carey & Hart, Philadelphia (1844)

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Item Description: Carey & Hart, Philadelphia, 1844. Hardcover. 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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A Tale of Two Cities (in 8: Dickens, Charles

Dickens, Charles

Published by Chapman and Hall, London (1859)

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Item 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 spectacular copy of this complete 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 magnificent set seldom seen in the original parts especially in this condition. Includes a custom drop box bound to protect the parts. We buy Dickens in parts. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-12487726004

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Christmas Carol In Prose. Being a Ghost: DICKENS, Charles

DICKENS, Charles

Published by London Chapman & Hall (1844)

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Item 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 Todd’s 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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The Christmas Books: A Christmas Carol; The: Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens

Published by Chapman and Hall 1843-48., London (1843)

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Item Description: Chapman and Hall 1843-48., London, 1843. First editions, first issues of all five of Charles Dickens' Christmas Books. Octavo, original cloth, 5 volumes. A Christmas Carol, in Prose. Being a Ghost Story of Christmas is first state binding ("D" intact, 14mm margin), half-title printed in blue, title-page printed in red and blue, verso printed in blue, hand-colored etched frontispiece and three hand-colored etched plates by John Leech, four wood-engravings in-text by W.J. Linton after Leech, 2pp. publisher's advertisements at the end. First edition, second impression per Smith, first impression, first issue per Todd YB43c (yellow endpapers, blue and red title-page, 1843 date, Stave One, remainder of text unrevised per Todd, also all per Scott save p.21, ln. 22, see supplement Table I Scott), one of three combinations that per Todd do not recur in the later issue, order 2 per Todd (no priority, outer b1 inner a1), sewers' mark "12" and line to verso of ad leaf and recto rear endpaper, and with one of five points noted in VanderPoel (space between sentences p.127, ln. 22, is 4mm). Very light wear to the cloth, otherwise fine. The Chimes. A Goblin Story of Some Bells that Rang an Old Year Out and a New Year yellow endpapers, a.e.g., advertisement, half-title, engraved frontispiece and first state vignette title page. First edition, first issue, with internal flaws per Smith (save "h" p.166, some copies). In near fine condition. The Cricket on the Hearth. A Fairy Tale of Home yellow endpapers, a.e.g., half-title, frontispiece and vignette title page, first state ad leaf. First edition, first issue, with internal flaws (save p.iv and 79). Front inner hinge cracked; manuscript inscription to title page. The Battle of Life. A Love Story has yellow endpapers, a.e.g., half-title, advertisements, frontispiece and second state vignette title page [Todd C2, Eckel 2]. First edition, with four internal flaws per Smith. In near fine condition. The Haunted Man and The Ghost's Bargain. A Fancy for Christmas-Time. London: Bradbury & Evans, 1848. 12mo, original red cloth, yellow endpapers, a.e.g., advertisements, frontispiece and vignette title page. First edition, with internal flaws noted per Smith (save pp.iv and 122, some copies). In near fine condition. Housed in a custom clamshell box. An exceptional set, uncommon in this condition. A Christmas Carol "may readily be called the Bible of Christmas It was issued about ten days before Christmas, 1843, and 6000 copies were sold on the first day the number of reprintings have been so many that all attempts at the figures have been futile. Altogether 24 editions were issued in the original format" (Eckel, 110). "It was a work written at the height of Dickens’ great powers, which would add to his considerable fame, bring a new work to the English language, increase the festivities at Christmastime, and contain his most eloquent protest at the condition of the poor" (John Mortimer). "Suddenly conceived and written within a few weeks, [A Christmas Carol] was the first of Dickens’ Christmas books (a new literary genre thus created incidentally) it was an extraordinary achievement—the one great Christmas myth of modern literature.". Bookseller Inventory # 4330

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Dickens, Charles

Published by Chapman & Hall, London (April 1836-November 1837)

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Item Description: Chapman & Hall, London (April 1836-November 1837). First Edition. First edition in the original monthly parts; 20 parts in 19, original green wrappers. A NEAR PRIME COPY, lacking just 3 of the 11 points required in Eckel's bibliography "The First Editions of the Writings of Charles Dickens." These 11 points are repeated here, with comments: (1) All covers must bear the date 1836 - they do. (2) Parts I and II front wrap must carry the words "With Four Illustrations By Seymour" - they do not. (3) Part III front wrap must have the words "With Illustrations By R. W. Buss - it does not. (4) Part I must have four plates by Seymour, signed and not re-etched by "Phiz" it does. (5) Part II must have three plates by Seymour, signed - it does. (6) Part III must have two plates by Buss - it does. (7) Part IV has the two plates indistinctly signed "Nemo" and not "Phiz." - it does. (8) Parts II, III, X and XV must have the addresses by the author [all are present except in part II]. (9) Parts XVII, XVIII and XIX/XX must have addresses by the publisher - they do. (10) Plates in parts I to XII must have no captions, but do have page numbers; plates in parts XIII through XIX/XX must have neither captions, nor page numbers - they all conform. (11) The signboard on the vignette title page must read "Tony Veller" and the signature "Phiz Fecit" must surround the tablet at the bottom of frontispiece - they do. So the only points lacking here are the illustrator's names on the front wraps of parts I, II and III, and the Author's Address in part II; but for these, the present copy would be a Prime Copy. Additionally, this remarkable set has a plethora of ads, wrappers without repair and plates which are very good to fine. A complete description will be provided upon request. Housed in a classy black full leather solander (pull-off-top) slipcase. Provenance: from the (Thomas) Hatton & Cleaver collection. Armorial bookplate. Bookseller Inventory # 7656

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Dickens, Charles

Published by Richard Bentley, London (1838)

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Item 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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Published by Chapman and Hall, London (1843)

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Item 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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Dickens, Charles

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Item 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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A Christmas Carol. In Prose. Being a: Dickens, Charles

Dickens, Charles

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Item 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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A Christmas Carol. In Prose. Being a: Dickens, Charles

Dickens, Charles

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Item Description: Chapman and Hall, London, 1844. First edition, first issue, third state, with all of Smith's points, save the dubious period on page 21, line 22. Also known as the "Trial issue," and championed by Richard Gimbel, among others, as the true first state of the book. Title-page printed in red and green with wood-engraved holly vignette, half-title printed in green, handcolored etched frontispiece and 3 handcolored etched plates after and by John Leech, 4 wood-engraved text illustrations after Leech by W. J. Linton, integral terminal leaf of publisher's ads ("Works of Mr. Charles Dickens"). 12mo. The "Trial Issue". While this issue of A Christmas Carol was not the one first distributed, it did reflect the initial conception of the author. In "A Ha! Christmas!," Jock Elliott gives a more cogent explanation of the publication history of the Carol than most of Dickens's bibliographers: "Dickens wanted to produce a little gift book that would be perfect in every respect. For example, not only would it be illustrated, but four of the illustrations would be in color. (In a first edition of 6,000, this meant the immediate hand-coloring of 24,000 engravings!) And Dickens experimented with the format of the book. Here is the sequence of events as I see it: "First, Dickens had the title page printed in red and green, with green endpapers to match. (Red and green were nice Christmassy colors.) But the green type did not look too good - too drab. And the green of the endpapers tended to smudge and rub off. So he switched to red and blue title page and yellow endpapers. And he changed the date from 1844 to 1843, as being more appropriate for a book printed for the 1843 Christmas season. "All the copies delivered to Dickens on December 17 incorporated these changes. I am quite sure that if Dickens had been asked what he considered the true first edition, he would have said, 'Why these, of course.'" Although the "Trial issue" is not the first published of the several variant states of the first edition, first issue of A Christmas Carol, it is indisputably the scarcest. Grolier/Elliott 80; Smith, Dickens in the Original Cloth 2:4; Todd, "A Christmas Carol," in The Book Collector 10:449-54; Gimbel/Podeschi A79 (copy 1) Publisher's cinnamon-brown rib-grain cloth, covers blocked in blind with decorative holly and ivy border, front cover and spine gilt with author and title with a holly wreath, green-coated endpapers, gilt edges (Todd's first impression, first issue of cover stamp); spine worn with some minor repair, extremities rubbed, inner hinges starting. Red half morocco slipcase and chemise. Contemporary owner's signature of James R. Gurnock on verso of front free endpaper; bookplate of author George Barr McCutcheon (AAA, 21 April 1926, lot 68); and signature of Alice W. Hayden on front free endpaper Title-page printed in red and green with wood-engraved holly vignette, half-title printed in green, handcolored etched frontispiece and 3 handcolored etched plates after and by John Leech, 4 wood-engraved text illustrations after Leech by W. J. Linton, integral terminal leaf of publisher's ads ("Works of Mr. Charles Dickens"). 12mo First edition, first issue, third state, with all of Smith's points, save the dubious period on page 21, line 22. Also known as the "Trial issue," and championed by Richard Gimbel, among others, as the true first state of the book. Bookseller Inventory # 100520

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Pickwick Papers (Original Parts 20 in 19): Dickens, Charles

Dickens, Charles

Published by Chapman & Hall, London (1836)

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Item Description: Chapman & Hall, London, 1836. Soft cover. Book Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. First Editions, First Printings in the ORIGINAL MONTHLY PARTS SIGNED by Charles Dickens on a laid in check. A superb set in the publisher's green pictorial wrappers with minor wear to the spines and edges. These ORIGINAL wrappers include 27 additional plates with the rare suppressed plates by R. W. Buss in part 3. A total of 70 plates present, with the 27 additions showing different versions of the original 43, some plates being variants not mentioned in Hatton and Cleaver. "These three artists (Seymour, Buss, "Phiz") etched, in all, 92 plates for the completed work; of which 43 are the "Originals" as they appeared in the first issue of the monthly parts, 4 are "Replacements," 2 are "Substitutes," and 24 are "Duplicates" of the originals: total 73. The remaining 19 are not dealt with in this bibliography" (Hatton and Cleaver pp 17). Fourteen of the front wrappers and twelve of the back wrappers are first issue (the wrappers, like the plates, can be found in a number of variants). The text has issue points in twelve of the nineteen books, in this set two of the parts show first issue text and ten show later issue text. The Pickwick advertiser is present and complete in eleven of the sixteen parts which call for it. The set also retains five of the seven "addresses" that were issued in the course of publication. Back ads present are Parts IX, one ad;, part X, one ad; Part XIII, two ads; Part XIV, one ad; Part XV, seven ads; Part XVII, three ads; Part XVIII, four ads; and Part XIX-XX, four ads. This shows twenty-three of the thirty-four ads called for in Hatton and Cleaver. Not complete as for the advertisements, but still with many more ads here than most copies in recent years. An overall excellent set documenting the progression and development of the illustrated plates and their variations housed in a custom clamshell slipcase for preservation SIGNED by the author. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # ABE-16396580591

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OLIVER TWIST;: Dickens, Charles

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Item 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 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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Great Expectations.: Dickens, Charles

Dickens, Charles

Published by Chapman and Hall, London (1861)

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Item Description: Chapman and Hall, London, 1861. First edition, first issue. Octavo, three volumes. Bound in full calf by Bayntun Bindery. Gilt titles and elaborate tooling to the spine, gilt turn ins, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. In fine condition. According to G. K. Chesterton, Dickens penned Great Expectations in "the afternoon of [his] life and fame." It was the penultimate novel Dickens completed, preceding Our Mutual Friend. It is set among the marshes of Kent and in London in the early to mid-1800s. The novel contains some of Dickens most memorable scenes, including its opening, in a graveyard, when the young orphan Pip is accosted by the escaped convict, Abel Magwitch. Great Expectations is a graphic book, full of extreme imagery, poverty, prison ships ("the hulks"), barriers and chains, and fights to the death. Upon its release, Thomas Carlyle spoke of "All that Pip's nonsense." Later, George Bernard Shaw praised the novel as "All of one piece and consistently truthfull." Dickens felt Great Expectations was his best work, calling it "a very fine idea," and was very sensitive to compliments from his friends: "Bulwer, who has been, as I think you know, extraordinarily taken by the book.". Bookseller Inventory # 4458

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Dickens, Charles

Published by Chapman & Hall London 1843, London (1843)

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Item 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 # 004343

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Great Expectations: Dickens, Charles

Dickens, Charles

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Item 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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Dickens, Charles |

Published by London: Chapman and Hall, 1859. (1859)

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Item Description: London: Chapman and Hall, 1859., 1859. "It Was The Best Of Times, It Was The Worst Of TimesIt Was The Age Of Wisdom, It Was The Age Of Foolishness "First Issue of A Tale of Two Cities in the Original Red ClothDICKENS, 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, with genuine title-page. Octavo (7/8 x 5 1/2 in; 224 x 139 mm). [i-vii] viii,[ix (list of plates), [x, blank], [1] 2-254, [ix-x] pp. Sixteen inserted plates, including frontispiece and vignette title, by Browne ['Phiz'], each remarkably fine impressions. All eight of Smith's internal flaws necessary for the first issue present, including page 213 misnumbered 113. Bound without the 32pp catalogue at rear that Smith notes as "bound in [only] some copies".Publisher’s primary binding of deep red morocco-grain cloth, covers stamped in blind, spine lettered in gilt, pale yellow endpapers. Slight surface loss to top left hand corner of front paste-down most probably due to the removal of a booksellers ticket. Short one-half inch split to cloth at top of upper joint. Inner hinges expertly and almost invisibly repaired, minimal rubbing to cloth extremities, otherwise a superb copy, the text and plates remarkably clean with virtually no foxing. Housed in a full dark green morocco solander case with cloth chemise.Smith notes that "the plates were not duplicated and consequently most copies have poor impressions because of the large printings made from the one set of plates," hence the copy under notice is most unusual.This late novel is one of Dicken's scarcest and even scarcer in the original red cloth.A Tale of Two Cities was first serialized in Dickens’s periodical All the Year Round, from April 30-November 26, 1859. Its appearance in monthly parts (July-December 1859) and book form mark Dickens’s 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 author’s final collaboration with Phiz, Dickens’s most evocative and most sympathetic illustrator. Set in London and Paris, before and during the French Revolution, Dickens great novel A Tale of Two Cities depicts the plight of the French peasantry demoralized by the French aristocracy in the years leading up to the revolution, the corresponding brutality demonstrated by the revolutionaries toward the former aristocrats in the early years of the revolution, and many unflattering social parallels with life in London during the same period. It follows the lives of several characters through these events. Smith I, 13. Bookseller Inventory # 03226

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DICKENS, Charles

Published by Chapman & Hall. Bradbury & Evans (1843)

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Item 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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DICKENS, CHARLES.

Published by London: Chapman and Hall, 1859 (1859)

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Item 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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Personal History of David Copperfield With Illustrations: Dickens, Charles

Dickens, Charles

Published by Bradbury & Evans, London (1850)

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Item Description: Bradbury & Evans, London, 1850. Soft cover. Book Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. First Editions, First Printings bound in the ORIGINAL blue/green wrappers. A complete set with twenty numbers bound in nineteen parts that were issued monthly beginning in May 1849 and ending with a double number in November 1850. A beautiful set! All the wrappers are ORIGINAL with NO missing pages. The colors on the spines match and have benefitted from professional restoration. Overall, a lovely set housed in a custom clamshell slipcase for preservation and presentation. We buy Charles Dickens First Editions. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-11912046017

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Dickens, Charles

Published by Bradbury and Evans, London (May 1849 - November 1850)

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Item Description: Bradbury and Evans, London (May 1849 - November 1850). First Edition. The present set collates complete, with ALL Advertisers, ALL slips and ALL rear ads called for by Hatton and Cleaver; ALL wrappers are correct. Twenty monthly parts in 19; octavo, with 40 inserted plates, including the frontis and vignette title. [i-vii]viii[ix]x-xii[xiii]xiv[xv-xvi], [1]2-624. Plates in parts VIII, X, XI and XII are browned at edges; plates in parts X and XII have light off-setting from the facing plate; all other plates are very good to fine. Several parts have spines expertly renewed and several front wraps have a subscriber name. The Lett's Diary ad in part VIII has the fold-out and 6 specimen leaves. An outstanding set in every respect and with a pedigree - it is from the (Thomas) Hatton and Cleaver collection. Housed in a handsome full leather Solander slipcase. Bookseller Inventory # 7526

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A Christmas Carol in Prose: Being A: DICKENS, Charles.

DICKENS, Charles.

Published by Chapman and Hall, London (1843)

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Item Description: Chapman and Hall, London, 1843. hardcover. Book Condition: very good. First. First issue, with red & blue title page, mottled green end-papers & Stave I at the beginning of the text. The binding is stained and the hinges are cracked, but otherwise a clean, sound copy, in a red morocco solander case. Frontispiece & 3 plates by John Leech, all hand colored as issued; 4 woodcut text illustrations. 2 pages of undated ads at end. 166 pages. Small slim 8vo, light brown vertically ribbed cloth, stamped in blind with single line & decorative border; gilt wreath surrounding the title; spine with gilt lettering & ornaments, gilt edges. London: Chapman & Hall, 1843. First Edition. Bookseller Inventory # 261870

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