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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 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. 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. $40,000. Bookseller Inventory # 67346

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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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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 Chapman & Hall, London. (1836)

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Item Description: Chapman & Hall, London., 1836. Soft cover. Book Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. First Edition in the ORIGINAL monthly parts, twenty numbers bound in nineteen. A beautiful set with the publisher's green printed wrappers with some repairs. The set is complete with all the text present, some missing advertisements, and lacking the earliest plates but having some important points present. The pages are clean with minor wear. A wonderful set housed in a custom clamshell slipcase for preservation. We buy Dickens First Editions. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-12390735107

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Dickens, Charles

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Item Description: Chapman & Hall, London, 1838. Soft cover. Book Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. First Edition, First Printing. A magnificent set in the original monthly parts. The complete set has all advertisements and advertisers except Amesbury Patent Supports in Part 3, and Tyas Heads in Parts 7 and 8. The ad in Part 19/20 for Hills Seal Wafers has five intact specimen color wafers; Mechi's Catalogue with red and black wrappers in Part 8; Part 16 with uncalled-for Views for Tourists slip; Part 4, p. 123 with "visiter" for "sister"; Part 5, p. 160 with "latter" for "letter." Eckel, pp. 64-66; Hatton & Cleaver, pp. 131-160 Overall, a lovely set with minor wear in collector's' condition housed in a custom clamshell slipcase. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-14412301815

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Dickens, Charles

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Item Description: 1850. [the American serial parts] [In 20-parts-in-19.] New York: John Wiley [Parts 1-11 plus Part 19/20; G. P. Putnam, Parts 12-18], 1849-1850. Original light tan wrappers. Very early American edition, one of two issued in serial parts. In 1849-1850 both Lea & Blanchard of Philadelphia, and John Wiley / G.P. Putnam of New York (as here), issued DAVID COPPERFIELD in parts, derived from the English parts then coming out. (As Walter Smith points out, the front wrapper of the first two parts states "This edition is re-printed from proof sheets received by special arrangement from the London Publishers" -- but no such "arrangement" in writing has ever been found.) John Wiley of New York issued the first ten parts under his imprint, the next eight bore the imprint of G.P. Putnam, and the final double number bore the Wiley imprint again. (As Podeschi points out, the publisher imprint on Parts 12-18 varies, because when Putnam took over he used some of Wiley's old un-numbered wrappers -- but in this set, all seven do bear the Putnam imprint.)~The English serial parts had 40 plates by H.K. Browne ("Phiz") -- two per part. In the Wiley / Putnam parts, the first part reads "Illustrated by H.K. Browne" while the others read "The illustrations engraved on wood by J.W. Orr [& Brother], from designs by H.K. Browne." According to Wilkins these Orr plates were "much better drawn and engraved than those in the Philadelphia edition." A complete set of Wiley / Putnam parts contains 36 plates, not 40: for the first two parts, Wiley had great difficulty getting plates engraved in time to accompany their corresponding text; therefore, he issued Part 3 withOUT plates, and beginning with that part the wrapper states "The illustrations for this No. will be given with the next.". Thus Part 19/20 has the two plates that go with the text of Part 18, and that final part's wrapper states "The FOUR ILLUSTRATIONS for this Number will be furnished to Subscribers, Gratis, in a few days."~After serialization, Wiley published an 1850 two-volume edition (with all 40 plates); curiously, Lea & Blanchard did not publish a book edition until 1851. (Incidentally the actual "first American edition," i.e. the first to appear in its entirety in America, was Burgess's single-volume one in wrappers with only eight illustrations -- ironically Burgess set his text from, and copied the plates in Wiley's parts.)~This set is in very good-plus, perhaps near-fine condition: the wrappers have minor edge-wear and some fragile spines have some slight chipping, but the parts are COMPLETE and include all the proper wrappers. Many of the front wrappers include the signature of the same (undoubtedly first) owner of these parts -- in some cases inscribing them on to someone else, and in two cases adding a brief observation, namely "Good!" and "David commits Matrimony!". It is no exaggeration that one sees a hundred sets of English serial parts for every single set of American serial parts. Smith (American Dickens) pp 284-294 (this set -- see one of the above inscriptions in the photo on p. 284); Podeschi (Yale) A123; Carr (UTexas) B221; Wilkins p. 29. Bookseller Inventory # 12589

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DICKENS, CHARLES.

Published by LEIPZIG, LIEFERUNGEN, LONDON. (1838)

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Item Description: LEIPZIG, LIEFERUNGEN, LONDON., 1838. Piel original. Book Condition: Muy Bien. Primera edición. Dickens, Charles. Nickolaus Nickleby. (Libro en alemán original de la época). Leipzig, Lieferungen, London, 1838-39. 1ª edición Firsth edition. Características: Pasta dura en plena piel de la época. En excelente estado. Los cantos están limpios y el papel en excelente estado. Contiene 39 ilustraciones de gran belleza de PHIZ (artista de la época). . 532 p. (17. 5 x 12). Peso: 650 grs. Bookseller Inventory # 3098

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Dickens, Charles

Published by Chapman & Hall, London (1836)

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Item Description: Chapman & Hall, London, 1836. Soft cover. Book Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. First Edition, First Printing. This is the TRUE FIRST EDITION in the monthly parts. These ORIGINAL 20 parts in 19 are bound with the publisher's green wrappers with forty-three illustrations by Seymour and Phiz and Buss. The wrappers have some professional restoration with light wear to the panels. The pages are clean with some wear to the edges. Overall, a lovely set preserved in a custom clamshell slipcase. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-14633227541

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Dickens, Charles

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Item Description: 1846. Wholesale, Retail, and for Exportation. With Illustrations by H. K. Browne [(beginning with the 6th part:) With Illustrations, engraved on Wood by J. W. Orr, from designs by H. K. Browne]. New York: Wiley and Putnam [(beginning with the 18th part:) John Wiley], 1846 [1st through 3rd part] /-7 [4th through 16th part] /-8 [17th through 19/20th part]. Twenty monthly parts in nineteen, in the original brownish-grey wrappers printed in black. First American Edition in the original parts. The English parts ran from October 1846 through April 1848, and each Wiley & Putnam part was issued immediately after its English counterpart. As Wilkins observes, "At the bottom of the first page of each number was printed 'The Illustrations for this Number will be given with the Next,' the text probably being set in type as soon as the English number was received and printed at once without waiting for the engraving of the plates for that number, so that the plates were always one number behind the text. The Phiz plates were redrawn and engraved on wood by J. W. Orr, and it is remarkable how closely the spirit of the original etchings was reproduced in wood engravings." The Wiley & Putnam parts contain a total of 36 plates (two in each part except for the first); not included were the four plates that accompanied the English 19/20th part, because of the one-month lag in reproducing the engravings . Part I includes a title page, and the final part includes the other preliminaries necessary to facilitate the binding of the parts into two volumes (38 plates are listed in these preliminary leaves: the final two were later available upon application to the publisher).~Two other American publishers also issued DOMBEY in parts. Bradbury & Guild of Boston issued a very similar set of parts, likewise with 36 plates running a month behind, in wrappers that were exact facsimiles of the English ones. Priority between this issue and the Wiley & Putnam one is unknown, as it probably was measured in hours, not days. Lea & Blanchard also issued parts, but not as quickly: they waited for plates to be engraved, so that all 40 could be included (they advertised it as "the only edition which presents the plates accompanying the text to which they refer."~Overall condition is very good. The only significant defect is that the final (19/20th) part is lacking its wrappers. Otherwise, flaws are limited to minor wear (chiefly to spines) and soil. The rarity of American Dickens in parts can hardly be over-emphasized; this is only the third set on the market that we have heard of over the past two decades. It is no exaggeration that one encounters hundreds of English sets in parts for every single American set of parts. Housed in a cloth slipcase. Podeschi (Yale) A104; Wilkins p. 25. Bookseller Inventory # 11241

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Dickens, Charles

Published by London: Richard Bentley (1838)

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Item Description: London: Richard Bentley, 1838. First edition, first printing, first issue. Bound by Hatchards in full crushed crimson morocco, five raised bands to the spine, borders and inner dentelles in gilt. Red silk ribbon page marker to each volume. Top edge gilt. The original reddish brown publisher’s cloth bound into the rear of each volume. Half titles present in volumes I and II, as called for. Four pages of adverts to vol I, and two pages of adverts to vol III. 24 plates by George Cruikshank, including the fireside plate (which was removed on Dickens' insistence and replaced with the Church plate in all but the earliest copies). Single page list of illustrations present to volume one. The binding is in fine condition. The contents with the usual darkening or oxidisation of the plates (tissue guards inserted at the time of binding) and some spotting and finger marks to the margins of the text pages throughout. A very attractive and complete example. Unusually for Dickens' novels, Oliver Twist was first issued complete in book form rather than monthly serial parts. It did appear in "Bentley's Miscellany" magazine, but was not completed until April 1839. (Eckel 59; Smith, Walter: Dickens in the original cloth. Part one: 4) Further details and images for any of the items listed are available on request. Lucius Books welcomes direct contact with our customers. Bookseller Inventory # 10989

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Item Description: London T.W. Nicholson, 1870. Two Rare Auction Catalogues for the Sale of Gad's Hill Place [DICKENS, Charles]. Norton, Trist, Watney & Co. [Gad's Hill Place- Auction Catalogue]. Higham, Near Rochester. Kent. A Very Valuable and Beautiful Freehold Property know as "Gadshill Place," for Many Years, the Favorite Abode of Charles Dickens. London: T.W. Nicholson, August 5th, 1870. Pages self-bound together with stab-stitch. Lacking original wrappers. Folio (17 1/4 x 11 inches; 438 x 280 mm). With two colored lithographic views of the property (north view and south view), two folding colored lithographic plans and eight pages of text. Tissue guards. Some light soiling to pages. A light dampstaing to top margin of first lithograph, not affecting illustration. Both folding plans with some creasing. Overall very good. The text pages consist of the description of the property, the conditions of the sale and a blank "Memorandum" to be filled out in the event of purchase. This sale consisted of two lots, Lot 1: "'Gadshill Place,' A Choice Freehold Residential Property" and Lot 2: "An Enclosure of Fine and Arable Land." [Together with]: [Dickens, Charles]. Knight, Frank & Rutley. [Gad's Hill Place- Auction Catalogue]. Kent. The Singularly Interesting Freehold Property Know as Gadshill Place the home of Charles Dickens from 1857 to 1870. London. July 26th, 1923. Original tan printed wrappers. With three photographic plates and a folding plan. Eighteen pages of text. Octavo (9 3/4 x 6 1/8 inches; 245 x 155 mm). Wrappers a lightly soiled. A few light pencil notations on the first plate. Otherwise very good. These text pages consist of "Notes" on the property, "Summary of Particulars," Description of the property, Conditions of the Sale and the Agreement. Both pieces housed together in a red cloth chemise, lettered in gilt. "Well described very recently as 'doubly historic, first, as the Scene of one of Shakespeare's most celebrated pieces of humour, and Secondly, as the abode of the greatest English Humourist who has lived since Shakespeare's time" (from page 2 of the 1870 sale catalogue). "To own Gadshill Place was one of the earliest ambitions of Charles Dickens. As a very small boy he would come out here from his home in Ordnance Terrace, Chatham, and would sit for hours by the wayside conjuring up visions of Falstaff and his gallants and brooding over the house he loved so much.About 1855 Dickens heard unexpectedly that the darling of his boyhood was in the market. His assistant editor, Mr. W.H. Willis, negotiated for it, and it was finally acquired in March, 1856, the cheque for it being written on a Friday. As Dickens remarked about this time, all important events happened to him on a Friday." (From Page 2-3 of the 1923 sale catalogue). Gimbel. Hatton and Cleaver, Smith, Dickens, HBS 66340. $7,500. Bookseller Inventory # 66340

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Dickens, Charles

Published by Bradbury and Evans, London (1852)

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Item Description: Bradbury and Evans, London, 1852. Soft cover. Book Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. First Editions, First Printings in the ORIGINAL light blue-green pictorial wrappers. A wonderful set. All the wrappers are present with light wear to spine and panels. Each book has every "Bleak House Advertiser" at the beginning of each part. These 20-in-19 monthly serial parts that were issued from March 1852 through September 1853 and ALL the parts are present. The pages have some discoloration and minor wear. There is NO marks or bookplates in the books. Overall, a beautiful complete set housed in a custom clamshell slipcase for preservation. We buy Dickens First Editions. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-12270056091

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Dickens, Charles

Published by Chapman & Hall, London (1843)

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Item Description: Chapman & Hall, London, 1843. Soft cover. Book Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. First Edition, First Printing. This is the TRUE FIRST EDITION in the original monthly parts. A beautiful copy. These ORIGINAL 20 parts in 19 are bound with the publisher's blue/green wrappers with illustrations by Phiz. The wrappers are complete with some repair. The pages are clean with NO marks or bookplates. Overall, a wonderful set housed in a custom clamshell slipcase for preservation. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-14633372055

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DICKENS, Charles

Published by London: Chapman & Hall, (1838-39) (1838)

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Item Description: London: Chapman & Hall, (1838-39), 1838. Soft cover. Book Condition: Near Fine. No Jacket. 1st Edition. Bound in the original green wrappers, 20 parts in 19, this is the true First Edition. A wonderful set of the Dickens classic, spines intact and straight, mostly unchipped, covers bright and quite near fine indeed. A most presentable and collectible set. Housed in a superb custom green oasis morocco clamshell box. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-8260251932

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Dickens, Charles. 1812 - 1870]. [Guild of Women-Binders]. Hughes, William R[ichard. 1830 - 1899]. Kitton, F[rederic]. G[eorge. 1856 - 1904] - Illustrator. Chapman, Frederick - Recipient. Sala, George Augustus [1828 - 1895]. Jerrold, Douglas William [1803 - 1857]. Hogarth, George [1783 - 1870]. Rossetti, Dante Gabriel [1828 - 1882]. Smith, Charles Roach [1807 - 1890]. Lemon, Mark [1809 - 1870]. Ruskin, John [1819 - 1900]. Wordsworth, Christopher [1807 - 1885].

Published by Chapman & Hall,, London: (1891)

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Item Description: Chapman & Hall,, London:, 1891. Color frontispiece. Published with 100+ illustrations by Kitton, et al. Letter facsimiles. This 1/20 limited copy with 5 additional inserted plates & facsimiles. Also, extra-illustrated for presentation, including 130+ additional plates, many of them india proofs, along with steel plate engravings & etchings [16 hand-colored, 3 in sepia tone], some folding. Additionally, inserted on mounts are 7 ALs letters [see below], as well as a signed CDV of Rev. Dr. Wordsworth, Bishop of Lincoln. About 20 years after the death of Dickens, the author and his friend & fellow Dickensian, Mr. F. G. Kitton, decided to find and visit the real- life settings for the scenes in Dickens's novels and stories. Following their trip, Chapman & Hall published this limited edition in 20 copies with more than a hundred in-text illustrations showing these venues, with five extra illustrations including two matte collodion portrait photographs of the author and Mr. Kitton. Our copy is additionally extra adorned with 7 authograph letters by George Augustus Sala (2), Douglas Jerrold (3), George Hogarth (4), Dante G. Rossetti (5) (referring to Mr. Swinburne's affairs), Charles Roach Smith (6), Mark Lemon (7), and John Ruskin (8); and also includes an authograph and signed carte de visite by Rev. Dr. Wordsworth (9), bishop of Lincoln. (1) The Guild of Women- Binders was founded by Frank Karslake (who also founded The Hampstead Bindery) in 1898. It operated until 1904 as a loosely-knit federation of women binders from such groups as the Edinburgh Social Union, the Kirkby Lonsdale Handicraft Class, the Chiswick Art Workers' Guild, and Miss Bassett's Leighton Buzzard Handicraft Class for crippled girls, among others. Some of the more outstanding women binders represented by the Guild included Miss Constance Karslake, Miss Edith de Rheims, Florence de Rheims, Miss Helen Schofield, Mrs. Frances Knight, Mrs. Macdonald, Miss Lilian Overton, Miss Gaskell and Miss Edwards. The Guild, together with its counterpart, The Hampstead Bindery, published "The Bookbindings of To- morrow" in 1902, and held both exhibitions and sales of their bindings at Sotheby's. (2) George Augustus Sala was a renown British journalist. In 1851 Charles Dickens accepted his article, "The Key of the Street," for his journal, Household Words. This was the first of many articles that Dickens published over the next few years. In April, 1856, Dickens sent Sala to Russia as the journal's special correspondent. Sala also contributed to the author's next venture, "All the Year Round." (3) Douglas William Jerrold was an English dramatist and writer. He founded and edited for some time, with indifferent success, the Illuminated Magazine, Jerrold's Shilling Magazine, and Douglas Jerrold's Weekly Newspaper; and under his editorship Lloyd's Weekly Newspaper rose from almost nonentity to a circulation of 582,000. The history of his later years is little more than a catalogue of his literary productions, interrupted now and again by brief visits to the Continent or to the country. Douglas Jerrold died at his house, Kilburn Priory, in London on the 8 June 1857 and was buried at West Norwood Cemetery, where Charles Dickens was a pall-bearer. Dickens gave a public reading to raise money for Jerrold's widow. (4) George Hogarth was a Scottish newspaper editor, music critic, and musicologist. He authored several books on opera and Victorian musical life in addition to contributing articles to various publications. From 1846Ð1866 he worked as a music critic for The Daily News, a paper which was founded by Charles Dickens. He had previously met Dickens in 1834 while they were both working for the Morning Chronicle. In 1836 Dickens married Hogarth's eldest daughter Catherine. One of his younger daughters, Georgina, was Dickens' housekeeper, adviser, and, after Dickens' death, the editor of "The Letters of Charles Dickens from 1833 To 1870." (5) Dante Gabriel Rossetti was an English poet, illustrator, painter and trans. Bookseller Inventory # 2230.6

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Dickens, Charles

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Item Description: 1859. [complete in Harper's Weekly] In Three Books - Splendidly Illustrated. In: Harper's Weekly. A Journal of Civilization. New York: Harper & Brothers, May 7 - December 3, 1859. All of the weekly issues for 1859, bound up into one volume bound in three-quarter brown calf and marbled boards. First Appearance in America of one of Dickens's best-known tales. In England, this tale appeared weekly in All The Year Round between the end of April and the end of November 1859, and also in eight-in-seven monthly parts from June through December of the same year; the book edition was issued there on 21 November. In the United States, Harper & Brothers paid for the right to issue this novel in Harper's Weekly, where it did appear serially in 31 issues from May 7th through December 3rd 1859; John McLenan prepared 31 chapter vignettes plus 33 other illustrations for this serialization. (T. B. Peterson of Philadelphia in turn bought the illustrations and, by arrangement with Harper's, published A TALE OF TWO CITIES in book form, in numerous formats, upon the end of serialization -- about two weeks after the U.K. book edition.)~This 16-inch-tall volume includes all of the weekly issues for 1859, beginning with that of January 1 and ending with that of December 31. In addition to A TALE OF TWO CITIES, the volume includes the beginning of Wilkie Collins's THE WOMAN IN WHITE (which immediately followed A TALE OF TWO CITIES in All The Year Round). It also includes many other fascinating articles and illustrations of the day, just two years before the commencement of the American Civil War. (For example, there are numerous stirring illustrations from battles of the Second Italian war of Independence, a.k.a. the Franco-Austrian war, then raging -- and in the final issue of the year, there is a great double-page illustration of the the new U.S. Senate chamber in session.) Also included are numerous illustrations by Winslow Homer -- although of course these issues do not include his upcoming wartime ones.~These issues are bound in recent three-quarter dark-brown calf, with much-earlier marbled boards. Condition is near-fine (very minor external wear, a few leaves torn or with pieces lacking but not affecting A TALE OF TWO CITIES). Bookseller Inventory # 12077

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Item Description: 1864. [the rare Bradburn edition] [In Four Volumes.] New York: John Bradburn (successor to M. Doolady), 1864/-64/-65/-65. Original blind-stamped dark brown cloth with spine lettering and vignettes in gilt. First American Edition of the first and third volumes (in fact, those two volumes preceded even their English counterparts).~OUR MUTUAL FRIEND was originally issued in England in 20/19 monthly parts, from May 1864 through November 1865; it was also issued there in two volumes (both dated 1865), the first in January 1865 and the second in October 1865. In America, OUR MUTUAL FRIEND did not appear in monthly parts, but rather was serialized in Harper's. The publisher Bradburn, by electing to publish OUR MUTUAL FRIEND in four separate "books" (each as soon as possible, from serial copy), was thereby the first publisher on either side of the Atlantic to issue at least a portion of the novel in book form. Vol. I, dated 1864, was issued in early October 1864, three months before the first English volume. Vol. II is also dated 1864, but frankly the date is suspect, as the serialization in England was not halfway done until February 1865. Vol. III, dated 1865, was most likely published around mid-year 1865, which again would constitute the first book appearance of that portion on either side of the Atlantic. Vol. IV was then issued in December 1865.~The only other early American edition was by Harper (two 1865 volumes in wrappers (February and November 1865, or one 1865 volume in cloth (November)); thus that edition constitutes the first complete American edition to be published. T. B. Peterson of Philadelphia then produced an early undated edition by arrangement with Harper. Nonetheless the Bradburn edition has the twin distinctions of being the first American edition to appear, and of being the first book appearance of half of the novel on either side of the Atlantic.~The Bradburn edition includes eighteen wood engraving plates, after some of the forty originals done by Marcus Stone for English serialization. Though the bindings for all four volumes are uniform, the endpapers of the first two are pale yellow while those of the last two are pale peach -- as on the only other complete set we know of. The title pages of all but the first volume mention "Book the Second," etc.~The condition of all four volumes is good-to-very good, the main detriment being wear at the extremities (spine ends and fore-corners). The original endpapers are intact (one lacks just a small corner), and the last three volumes bear the same owner's signature dated May 26, December 30 and December 30 of 1865. Since the four volumes were issued separately, one rarely finds all four volumes together -- and in particular in such uniform condition; in fact, we know of only two other complete sets in existence. Not in the Gimbel collection at Yale (but see A153, which appears to be a later issue (four volumes, all dated 1865, bound into two volumes in original cloth, with the same pagination and plates as this set); not in the Vanderpoel collection at UTexas; not in Wilkins. Bookseller Inventory # 12102

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DICKENS, CHARLES.

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Item Description: London: Bradbury and Evans, 1846-48., 1846. First edition. A fine set of Dombey and Son in original parts, completely unsophisticated, as evidenced by the ink signature on each front wrapper of a contemporary reader, Stephen Blair. Dickens novels in parts with the evidence of the contemporary ownership on each wrapper are rare, and such provenance is virtually the only way to establish that a set has not been sophisticated, "married" or "made up." 19 parts in 20, 8vo, original pictorial blue wrappers. 40 plates. Hatton & Cleaver, pages 227-250. This set agrees with Hatton and Cleaver's description, except that in part 11 there is no ad for Letts & Son, and the ad for Kaye's Pills in part 12 varies slightly from the one described by Hatton & Cleaver. Two of the three misprints noted by Hatton & Cleaver are present: part 11, page 324, "Capitan" for "Captain"; part 14, page 426, "if" is not present; on page 431, the page number is present (in Hatton & Cleaver's earliest issue the number is omitted). Plates foxed - as seems inevitable - some minor paper repairs to the corners of a few spines; a few wrappers slightly soiled and smudged; overall in very nice condition, as issued. Bookseller Inventory # 19908

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Dickens, Charles [1812 - 1870].

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Item Description: Wiley and Putnam, 1846 - 1848, New York:, 1846. Illustrated with 36 plates after Phiz, redrawn & engraved on wood by J. W. Orr. Publication began without waiting for the illustrations, so Part I comes without plates, the plates issued beginning with Part II. The final 4 illustrations not issued with the Parts, but would be available with the subsequent volume issue. At the base of the front wrapper(s) is found the statement: "The Illustration for this Number will be given with the Next." Wiley & Putnam were the first of the US houses to hit the streets with Dickens' new novel, beginning with Part I issued October 1846, though in the rush to press, the part was issued without the 2 plates found in the Bradbury & Evans production. A quite scarce edition, especially in comparison to the UK parts issue, which shows up with some regularity. Occasional soiling & staining to wrappers, with some modest chipping to spine paper. First 9 numbers with previous owner signature. Part XIX/XX lacks rear wrapper. Some foxing. Overall, Very Good. Printed grey-brown paper wrappers. 7-1/2" x 5". 1st US edition (Gimbel A104; Edgar & Vail, p. 24; Smith AMERICAN, 7; VanderPoel B197(1); Wilkins, p. 25). 20 parts in 19. Last two parts with imprint, "John Wiley". Bookseller Inventory # 40340

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Item Description: 1864. [a just-about-fine set] With Illustrations by Marcus Stone. [In 20-in-19 monthly serial parts.] London: Chapman and Hall, 1864-1865. Original light blue-green wrappers. First Edition of Dickens's last complete novel, in which Greed and The River Thames are two of the principal characters. OUR MUTUAL FRIEND first appeared in these twenty monthly serial parts (the last one being a double-number) from May 1864 through November 1865; it was then published in two volumes (serial readers were encouraged to have their parts so bound up, with the two volumes' preliminary leaves here provided in Parts X and XIX/XX).~This set has the one issue-point in the first state: the lack of the printer's imprint at the bottom of Part I's front wrapper. As Hatton & Cleaver point out, an absolutely-complete set of OUR MUTUAL FRIEND in parts has the most advertising matter of any Dickens novel -- 320 pages of preliminary ads, plus 89 different ads and slips inserted at the rear. This set is remarkably complete -- lacking only the Albert Insurance slip in Part VI, the often-missing Economic Life Assurance inset both in Part XIV and in Part XIX/XX, and the "At the Bar" slip in Part XVIII (stub remains); on the other hand, there is extra (not-called-for) advertising material in Parts VIII and XVIII -- and the scarce "Foreign Bank Notes" slip is present in the final part.~Condition is overall close to fine, with very little external wear (just a little wear at the foot of about five parts) and with little internal wear other than some spots on the first and last ad leaves of Part I; four of the parts still have unopened leaves, and all plates are clean and bright. OUR MUTUAL FRIEND in parts in not all that scarce, but sets in this condition are: "Dickens in parts" doesn't get much better than this. Hatton & Cleaver pp 343-370. Housed in an attractive cloth clamshell case with leather label. Bookseller Inventory # 12622

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Item Description: 1844. In Prose. Being A Ghost Story of Christmas. With Illustrations by John Leech. Philadelphia: Carey & Hart, 1844. Original blind-stamped rose-brown cloth with gilt-decorated spine. Early American edition of Dickens's classic tale about Ebenezer Scrooge. Carey & Hart issued this as a reproduction of Dickens's personally-supervised London edition: the gilt spine decoration is the same, the title page is in red and blue, and the Leech illustrations are faithfully reproduced (four in color, as in the London edition).~Though this is frequently referred to as the first American edition, Harper's 1844 edition preceded it onto the streets by three months (January vs April -- dates that will soon be confirmed in Walter Smith's bibliography): the Harper edition was produced quickly and cheaply, with no illustrations and bound just in wrappers -- in other words, they were going for speed, not quality.~In this copy, the plate "Mr. Fezziwig's Ball" serves as frontispiece; in some copies, "Marley's Ghost" does -- no priority. It is in rose-brown cloth; Podeschi cites copies in blue or in purple, but not in this color.~This is a very good-plus copy (spine slightly tanned as always with this color cloth, very light wear at the spine ends, early penned name on the front flyleaf). The binding is quite clean, the only noteworthy foxing is on the (original) endpapers, and the color plates remain remarkably bright. The first English edition consisted of 6,000 copies; though it is unknown how many copies of Carey & Hart's American edition were printed, we easily see 20 English copies for every Carey & Hart copy -- which if true would indicate an American edition of only 500 copies. Podeschi (Yale) A80 (six copies, various colors of cloth and placement of frontispiece; Yale has 24 first issue English copies); Carr (UTexas) B362; Wilkins p. 38. Bookseller Inventory # 12735

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Dickens, Charles

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Item Description: Chapman and Hall, London, 1864. Soft cover. Book Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. First Editions, First Printings in the ORIGINAL 20 monthly parts bound in 19. The parts are textually complete with all the plates and preliminaries present including the 40 plates by Marcus Stone engraved on wood by Dalziel and W.T. Green. Many of the ads are present, some lacking including the rare "The Economic Life Assurance Society" ad. These original wrappers have some age-toning, minor edge-wear and occasional light soiling. Some plates and advertisements are lightly foxed. Otherwise, and attractive set housed in a custom clamshell box in collector's condition. We buy Dickens First Editions. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-12386543837

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Item Description: Chapman & Hall, London, 1840. Soft cover. Book Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. First Edition, First Printing. This is the TRUE FIRST EDITION in the original monthly parts. A beautiful copy. These ORIGINAL 20 parts are bound in the publisher's green wrappers with illustrations by G. Cattermole and H.K. Browne. The wrappers are complete with some repair. The pages are clean with some wear to the edges. Overall, a wonderful set housed in a custom clamshell slipcase for preservation. We buy Dickens in the original parts. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-14633381720

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Item Description: 1852. [20-in-19 serial parts] With Illustrations by H. K. Browne. [Complete in the 20-in-19 monthly serial parts.] London: Bradbury and Evans, 1852-1853. Original light blue-green pictorial wrappers. First Edition, in the original 20-in-19 monthly serial parts that were issued from March 1852 through September 1853 (at the end of which time the novel was published in book form). Written just after DAVID COPPERFIELD and just before HARD TIMES, this is Dickens's famous attack on Chancery, the London legal system -- featuring such characters as the lawyer Tulkinghorn, the claimants Lord and Lady Dedlock, and of course the whole law firm of Jarndyce & Jarndyce. Though lives come to an end all around it, the case goes on and on, finally concluding when (surprise!) all of the fortune has been devoured by legal fees. Included are forty plates by "Phiz," of which ten are "dark plates" made possible by a new procedure.~In this set, the vast majority of the plethora of advertising material is present: Parts II and X lack a "Bleak House Advertiser" and most rear ads, but little else is lacking from what would be a "perfectly complete" set -- five other parts lack a total of seven ads and two "Household Words" slips, but parts III, IV, V, VI, VII, IX, XII, XIII, XV (including the scarce "Village Pastor"), XVII, XVIII and XIX-XX are totally complete. ~As for condition, this set is just about the nicest we have ever offered -- with very little external wear and only minor soil (Part V lacks about an inch of spine wrapper, and there's a small original-bookseller's sticker at the foot of one front wrapper, but that's it) -- and there is no restoration or "improvement" or "sophistication" of the parts. A few of the plates (all present) do exhibit a little foxing or browning in their margins, but that is almost unavoidable; all of the rear wrappers are "correct." In all, quite a collectible set of BLEAK HOUSE, housed in a cloth clamshell case. Hatton & Cleaver pp 273-304; Smith I pp 79-84. Bookseller Inventory # 12643

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Item Description: 1861. Printed from the Manuscript and Early Proof-Sheets purchased from the Author, for which Charles Dickens has been paid in cash, the sum of One Thousand Pounds Sterling. 8 pp undated ads (paginated 7-[14]). Philadelphia: T. B. Peterson & Brothers, n.d. [1861]. Without original wrappers. THE TRUE FIRST AMERICAN EDITION, being the 168-page edition published by Peterson without any illustrations (other than a stock frontispiece portrait of Dickens). Most importantly, this copy still includes the eight pages of ads at the rear, in which (touting "Twenty-Nine Different Editions" of Charles Dickens's Works, each of which is available from Peterson in a variety of bindings) GREAT EXPECTATIONS is not listed. Furthermore, there are listings of other authors' works (such as those of Caroline Lee Hentz on the first page of ads) where the listings cease with books published in 1861 or earlier.~There has been much discussion about which American edition lays claim to the honor of First American Edition. It has been put forth that the two-volume "Household Edition" by James Gregory was the first, as he was apparently the first to file deposit copies. However, what matters is which edition was actually first in the hands of the public, and, as Walter Smith is spelling out in his new bibliography of Dickens in America, this Peterson edition was the first out. (There were two issues, but the two can be differentiated only by the price on the wrappers, and this copy lacks its original wrappers.)~Further complicating matters is that Peterson kept reprinting Dickens titles from the same plates, never dating title pages, so in this case it is the lack of illustrations plus the definitive ads that are vital. There are numerous other Peterson editions, first with illustrations added in as separate plates, and then as illustrations integrated into the text -- both in octavo and in duodecimo format -- that are the most common Peterson editions today.~This copy lacks its original wrappers, and appears to have been trimmed down slightly, but is otherwise in fine condition (some protective rice paper added over the spine itself). Bookseller Inventory # 12277

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Sparks, Timothy [pseudonym of Dickens, Charles. 1812 - 1870].

Published by Chapman & Hall,, London: (1836)

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Item Description: Chapman & Hall,, London:, 1836. 4 plates. Early in his career, while busily at work on PICKWICK, Dickens found time to write this political tract (under this Sparks pseudonym) in support of the working man's freedom on the Sabbath, which was being threatened by Parlimentary action. This role of working man's champion was to continue throughout his life. The first edition of this work, in original wrappers, is quite scarce. VG (some soiling & wear). Over, quite a respectable copy of this delicate, emphemeral piece. Slipcase - spine sunned to tan, otherwise VG+. Original printed wrappers. Chemised, and housed in a full green morocco pull-off slipcase. Accompanied by a bound copy of the 1884 Jarvis facsimile. 12mo. 1st edition (Eckel, pp 102-103). 49, [3 (blank)] pp. Trimmed edges. Bookseller Inventory # 2127.2

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Item Description: 1840. With Illustrations by George Cattermole and Hablot Browne. London: Chapman and Hall, 1840-41. 20 monthly serial parts, in original pictorial light blue-green wrappers. First Edition of THE OLD CURIOSITY SHOP and of BARNABY RUDGE. After the publication of NICHOLAS NICKLEBY in monthly parts in 1839, Dickens decided to create a weekly serial named MASTER HUMPHREY'S CLOCK, within which he would issue his future novels. The first issue, beginning THE OLD CURIOSITY SHOP, was issued on April 4, 1840. When that novel was completed 44 issues later, Dickens started right in with BARNABY RUDGE (the 45th part is a transition part). When that novel was completed in the 88th (November 27, 1841) issue, Dickens terminated the MASTER HUMPHREY'S CLOCK publication and, beginning with MARTIN CHUZZLEWIT, reverted to his standard monthly serialization. These weekly parts are quite different from Dickens's monthly ones: each weekly part consisted of one large sheet folded to create sixteen pages (twelve of text, plus a front and rear "wrapper"), without any of the myriad inserted advertisements common to the monthly parts. In addition, the illustrations are woodcuts within the text, rather than separate steel-engraved plates. ~After every fourth or fifth weekly part, they were also available bound together in twenty monthly parts (as here), trimmed down a bit and with added advertisements and colored wrappers -- making them similar to Dickens's other novels. Also, MASTER HUMPHREY'S CLOCK was available in (three) clothbound volumes, each published at intervals of about seven months -- for which the preminary leaves are provided in monthly parts VI, XII & XX. Finally, simultaneous with the publication of Vol III, MASTER HUMPHREY'S CLOCK was divided and issued as two separate one-volume novels titled THE OLD CURIOSITY SHOP and BARNABY RUDGE.~This set is in remarkably near-fine condition. A few parts (such as the first and last) have minor cover soil or edgewear, but most are in close-to-fine condition. The upper margin of some front wrappers bears the signature of initial subscribers. The inserted ads are all present with the exception of the Rippon & Burton and Tyas ads for Part 1 (almost always lacking), plus some ads in Parts 7, 10 and 13; the final part does contain the Virtue ads, often lacking. In our experience these monthly parts are scarcer than either the weekly parts or the three-volume edition. Gimbel A49; Hatton & Cleaver pp 161-182 (monthly parts); Smith I pp 44-57 and Wolff 1804 (three volumes). Housed in a morocco-backed pull-off case (showing wear) with inner cloth chemise. Bookseller Inventory # 12322

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Item Description: 1838. 8vo. 2 vols.; finely bound by Root & Son in full dark green morocco, lettered in gilt on spine, turn-ins with gilt rules and corner flower tools, top edges gilt, pastedowns with the original pink floral patterned cloth, pp. xx + [ii] + 288; x 264; engraved frontispiece portrait of Grimaldi, after a painting by S. Raven, 12 etched plates by George Cruikshank; a very good copy, complete with half-titles. Preserved in cloth dust wrappers and slipcase. Original cloth spines bound in at rear of each volume. In fine condition. First edition, first issue, with no border around the last plate in Volume II, and with the original pink cloth preserved on the pastedowns. This copy is bound without the publisher's advertisements at the end of Volume II. The extent of Dickens's contribution to this work has been much debated. Eckel, however, sums up the situation quite succinctly: "Grimaldi laid the foundations for his memoirs, but in a rough and diffuse manner. He gave the manuscript to Thomas Egerton Wilks, who, after doing some condensing, sold the manuscript to Bentley who, in turn, turned it over to Dickens for the purpose of embroidery." Eckel pp. 140-2. Bookseller Inventory # 2058772

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Item Description: London or New York, 1859. 20 vols. 8vo. Household Words was considerably more popular in England than America and its publishing history in America is "almost absolutely dark, as is the whole subject of periodical printing and 'arrangements' . The 1850's were years of copyright agitation in America, and certainly no legally protective arrangements were possible to the English publishers before the journal was discontinued in 1859. And it is not surprising that the course of Household Words was not so brilliant in American as was that of its successor All the Year Round . It was partially a local work and not quite so interesting to an America as to an English reader; it had changed publishers too often; there was no legitimate arrangement between the English proprietors and the American publishers; it was sold at too high a price; it had been published by inexperienced people and therefore had not received proper publicity and promotion; and its lack of pictorial illustration made it unpopular with the masses" (Buckler, William E., "'Household Words' in America," in Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America, vol. 45, pp. 160-66.)Household Words was published every Wednesday from March 1850 to May 1859. Original green blind-stamped pebbled cloth. One volume slightly split, rest very fresh. Bookplate of St. Paul's School, ex dono plate of Mr. Francis F. Randolph, small unobtrusive blind stamp on title pages A mixed set some with London imprints. Volumes I-IV & XIII (Office, 16, Wellington Street) and some with New York, Dix and Edwards (Vols. VI & VII) New York: McElbrath and Barker (Vol. VIII) etc. Bookseller Inventory # 241492

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Item Description: 1841. By "Boz." With Illustrations by G. Cattermole and K. K. Browne. [Complete in 19 monthly serial parts.] Philadelphia: Lea & Blanchard, 1841. Original printed white wrappers. First American Edition, complete in 19 monthly serial parts. Lea & Blanchard's serialization closely followed that in the U. K., with this being the second and last novel (after THE OLD CURIOSITY SHOP) to be published under the overall title of MASTER HUMPHREY'S CLOCK -- though per the "Notice" in this set's Part II, "It has been thought advisable to publish it in this country as a separate story, free from the connection with Master Humphrey's Clock." As in the U. K. publication, the illustrations are within the text, not separate plates. At the very end of the text is the statement "Master Humphrey's Clock has stopped for ever").~Condition is generally good-plus: the first and last part are missing their wrappers, and the first part is additionally trimmed down a little (having once been bound up) -- but even this part shows the stab-holes that identify it as having initially been issued as a serial part; the other parts generally exhibit some edge-wear and minor foxing. Quite uncommon -- one sees easily one hundred sets of the U. K. parts for every one set of the U. S. parts. Podeschi (Yale) A52 (for both M.H.C. novels); Carr (UTexas) B162. Bookseller Inventory # 11139

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