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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. Octavo (214 × 135 mm). Original red half morocco for presentation, marbled boards and endpapers, gilt edges. Custom cloth folding case by James Brockman. Joints, inner hinges, and tips skilfully restored by James Brockman, title leaf evenly toned and with small areas of marginal restoration at head, fore edge, and lower outer corner, a very good copy. Engraved title and frontispiece present, but bound without plates as usual with presentation copies of this title. First edition, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title-page: "To Hon: Mrs Watson, From Charles Dickens, Fourth December, 1859." A Tale of Two Cities was published on 21 November 1859. Dickens had a few copies bound for presentation with the frontispiece and engraved title, but without the plates. Other known copies, including those presented by him to George Eliot and Charles Lever, are similarly bound and made up. The text is in first state, with p. 213 misnumbered 113. The recipient, Lavinia Watson, was the widow of the Honourable Richard Watson (1800–1852). Dickens first met them at Lausanne in 1846 and visited them often at their home, Rockingham Castle, where he performed private theatricals. They were the dedicatees of David Copperfield (1850). Mrs Watson, born Lavinia Jane Quin (1816–1888), remained a frequent correspondent and trusted confidante of Dickens throughout his life. Eckel, pp. 86–90. Bookseller Inventory # 94801

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DICKENS, Charles

Published by N.p. [before April 1837, London (1837)

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Item Description: N.p. [before April 1837, London, 1837. Autograph manuscript leaf from The Pickwick Papers, comprising a page from Chapter 37, with text beginning; ÒIt may be, but I ainÕt much in the chimical line myself, so I canÕt sayÓ and concluding ÒYouÕll see some very handsome uniforms.Ó. Paginated Ô75Õ at the top of the page by Dickens. [London, just before April 1837]. A leaf from the setting manuscript used by Bradbury and Evans, printers to Chapman and Hall, with many deletions and insertions by Dickens. The deletions include three full lines of text plus four words blotted out; DickensÕ insertions consist of three word added interlineally at the top left.One leaf (230 x 185 mm.), manuscript text on recto only, written in a brown ink. Inky fingerprint at lower center, minor browning to extreme edges, faint evidence of mount along one edge. Housed in an orange morocco folder with more silk lining and in a quarter morocco clamshell case.From the group of eleven leaves owned by the Comte Alain de Suzannet and later sold by SothebyÕs in 1971. The Kenyon Starling-William Self copy.A leaf from DickensÕ working manuscript of the ÒPickwick PapersÓ; One of a very few in private hands. The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, which catapulted the then-young Dickens into literary fame and evidenced the economic fortuity of issuing novels in parts, was serialized from April 1936 to November 1937, and it audience grew tremendously with each monthly installment. The 25-year-old wrote, revised and delivered his manuscript to the publisher in monthly bundles. The complete manuscript, had it been preserved, would have been very large indeed. But, in keeping with the practice of the time, his holographic leaves were almost always destroyed as soon as they were set in type. Charles Hinks, foreman-printer at Bradbury & Evans, managed to save forty-four leaves of DickensÕ original manuscript from the dust bin. The great majority of these leaves are now in institutions in the US and England. Only a single leaf has been offered for sale in the last few decades and that was the one form the Paul Francis Weber collection sold by SothebyÕs in 1985.The text of this leaf constitutes part of a comic scene involving the redoubtable Sam Weller, who is much given to loud whistling. In this chapter Pickwick and his friends are in Bath and Weller has received and invitation to dine with the elegantly uniformed Ôselect footmenÕ of Bath. One John Smauk is sent to accompany Weller and he is much irritated by WellerÕs whistling. Full transcript available. Bookseller Inventory # 70802

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Lucentini Franco, Fruttero Carlo, Dickens Charles

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ISBN 10: 202012338X ISBN 13: 9782020123389

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Item Description: Seuil. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: Good. 202012338X Used book. Previously owned and is blemished. Cover rubbed w/ corner and binding wear. Interior page markings (highlighting/writing) and owner's name. An inventory sticker on the back and a used sticker on the spine. Textblock has a marking. Bookseller Inventory # 202012338X

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DICKENS, CHARLES.

Published by London: Chapman & Hall, 1842 (1842)

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

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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: 26 volumes, uniformly finely bound by Bayntun in full red single gilt line panelled morocco, upper board with gilt vignette portrait, lower board with facsimile Dickens signature blocked in gilt, spines with raised bands, panelled and richly gilt, lettered directly in two panels, all edges gilt, rich gilt turn-ins over marbled endpapers. The bindings remarkably fresh and bright. First editions (some later or mixed issues) of all the major novels and the 5 Christmas books. This collection was put together by Sotheran's in the early 1970's and bound by Bayntun to our instruction. At the time that the books were bound some washing of text and plates was carried out. Internally therefore the books are generally in very good, clean state, although there are some marginal repaired tears, a few paper repairs and occasional signs of browning and foxing. The collection comprises: 1836 Sketches by Boz First Series 2 vols 1837 Sketches by Boz Second Series 1 vol 1837 Pickwick Papers 1 vol 1838 Oliver Twist 3 vols 1839 Nicholas Nickleby 1 vol 1840-41 Master Humphrey's Clock 3 vols bound in 2 vols 1844 Martin Chuzzlewit 1 vol 1848 Dombey and Son 1 vol 1850 David Copperfield 1 vol Robert Needham Cust's copy with inscription to him and bookplate 1853 Bleak House 1 vol 1857 Little Dorrit 1 vol 1859 Tale of Two Cities 1 vol 1861 Great Expectations 3 vols 1865 Our Mutual Friend 2 vols bound in 1 vol 1870 Mystery of Edwin Drood 1 vol 1843 A Christmas Carol 1 vol 1845 The Chimes 1 vol 1846 The Cricket and the Hearth 1 vol 1846 The Battle of Life 1 vol 1848 The Haunted Man 1 vol. Bookseller Inventory # 2078914

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

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Dickens, Charles

Published by [London]: Privately Printed [by William Clowes and Sons, Stamford Street], n.d., [ca. 1866] (1866)

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Item Description: [London]: Privately Printed [by William Clowes and Sons, Stamford Street], n.d., [ca. 1866], 1866. Dickens' public readings were among the legendary performances of the middle nineteenth century. "Dickens poured all his resources of his art and personality into these readings (his favourite always remained the adaptation from David Copperfield)" (Ackroyd, p. 902). He condensed the novel himself and selected passages relating to Dora Spenlow, whom he modelled upon Maria Beadnell, the love of his youth. The present copy, from the library of distinguished Dickensian Herman LeRoy Edgar, is one of two known copies of the private printing ordered by Dickens. Dickens' own extensively marked and rewritten copy, from the library of Cortlandt F. Bishop (lot 566, $4100 in 1938), is now in the Berg Collection at the New York Public Library. The title page is identical in both copies, with the subheadings "A Reading" and "In Five Chapters" on separate lines. The present copy is untrimmed; the text begins at page [3], "Chapter the First.," and bears pencil corrections in the margins of page 11, one correcting the spelling of the word "his" and the other noting an extra space within the word "am" (both are corrected in the Dickens copy at the Berg). Examination of the copy at the Berg reveals that it is printed on thicker wove paper stock, and that the sheets were trimmed by the binder; it contains an additional "Introduction" of twenty pages, numbered [i]-xx. The opening of this section is clearly derived from, and in fact partly printed from, the setting of type of the original Chapter the First, at pp. [3]-5, where large portions of text used in the "Introduction" are struck through. On p. [i] Dickens has written "in all, six chapters" and has corrected the chapter numbering throughout, so that the heading in type on page [3], "Chapter the First." is corrected by hand to Chapter "II". The present copy contains the earliest setting of Dickens' selection from David Copperfield. In the Ticknor & Fields authorized edition of the Readings, published in the autumn of 1867 (though dated 1868), David Copperfield follows Dickens' revised structure in six chapters. Unique in this state, and with distinguished provenance ONE OF TWO KNOWN COPIES of Dickens' private edition, the present copy in earliest state and printed on thin proofing paper. 8vo (222 x 148 mm). [1, title], [2, Clowes imprint], [3]-104 (text, with Clowes imprint at foot of last page) pp. Bound in twentieth-century red morocco, top edge gilt, others uncut, by Henderson & Bisset. With a few repairs to the title page at margins and along gutter, a few paper flaws. Fine. Provenance: Herman LeRoy Edgar (his sale, 19 April 1944, $875); with leather bookplate of great Lebanese-American collector Francis Kettaneh; Kenyon Starling; Wm. Self. Bookseller Inventory # 238530

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Item Description: English author (1812-1870), Dickens remains one of the most popular author's of the Victorian era. His body of work is truly impressive, with novels such as 'A Christmas Carol' (1843), 'David Copperfield' (1850) and 'Great Expectations' (1861) remaining enduringly popular. An autograph quotation signed by Dickens. He has chosen the final sentence of Chapter One of 'David Copperfield'. This novel is considered the most autobiographical of all Dickens's works and he referred to it as his "favourite child". G. K. Chesterton, the great literary critic, summarised the experience of reading it: "In this book of David Copperfield, [Dickens] has created creatures who cling to us and tyrannise over us, creatures whom we would not forget if we could, creatures whom we could not forget if we would, creatures who are more actual than the man who made them." One page (written on one side), Tavistock House letterhead, Monday TwentyFourth January 1859. Boldly signed at the close "Charles Dickens" with his usual extravagant paraph. Measures 181x114mm and is unframed. In very good condition, with expected mailing folds. The letter is accompanied by a note of provenance from Boston University confirming that this item has been deaccessioned from their archive. An extremely rare document from one of the world's greatest authors. In full: "No, I lay in my basket, and my mother lay in her bed; but Betsey Trotwood Copperfield was for ever in the land of dreams and shadows, the tremendous region whence I had lately travelled; and the light upon the window of our room shone out upon the earthly bourne of all such travellers, and the mound above the ashes and the dust that once was he, without whom I had never been". Bookseller Inventory # F101286

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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: 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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Dickens, Charles

Published by Signet Classics

ISBN 10: 0451517393 ISBN 13: 9780451517395

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Item Description: Signet Classics. MASS MARKET PAPERBACK. Book Condition: Good. 0451517393 Used book. Previously owned and is blemished. Cover rubbed w/ corner and binding wear. Interior page markings (highlighting/writing) and owner's name. An inventory sticker on the back and a used sticker on the spine. Textblock has a marking. Bookseller Inventory # 0451517393

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DICKENS, Charles

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Item Description: 1858. Signed. DICKENS, Charles.Vintage albumen photographic portrait signed.London: George Watkins, 1858.Large vintage albumen photographic portrait of Charles Dickens taken by George Herbert Watkins, signed on the mount by Charles Dickens. Likely one of only 25 extant, presented by Charles Dickens to his friend Albert Smith, the famous 19th-century writer and humorist, as well as the brother of his tour manager, Arthur W.W. Smith.This photographic portrait of Charles Dickens was taken by George Herbert Watkins at his London studio at 215 Regent Street. It is believed to have been taken between April and June of 1858, Dickens having refused an invitation for a sitting in December two years prior. By 1858, Dickens was 46 years old and this portrait begins to show the creeping signs of age in the deepening lines around his mouth and his receding hairline. Yet, he is shown seated at a writing desk and the intelligence in his eyes as he works gives him a youthful air. Indeed, Dickens wrote to Watkins on July 17, 1858 to say that he was glad to hear that the portraits had turned out so well and requested "five and twenty impressions for private friends." In a letter to Watkins sent in November 1859, Dickens wrote: "I send you a thousand thanks for the remarkable, interesting and admirable collection of Photographs you have sent to me." This is probably a reference to the photographic portraits of famous personalities which Watkins had taken between 1856 and 1858 for Herbert Fry’s "National Gallery of Photographic Portraits" project.Edges of mount restored, mild toning to image and mount. Bookseller Inventory # 89485

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Charles Dickens

Published by Chapman and Hall, London (1861)

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Item Description: Chapman and Hall, London, 1861. Cloth. Book Condition: Good. 1st Edition. Three volumes. The Original violet wavy grain cloth. Good, slight fading to spine titles else good and tight. First edition in book form, 1st issues, except, there are ads at the back of the final volume dated May 1861, 32pps. of such. This was the only Dickens novel not to be issued parts or serialized first, and not to be illustrated by Phiz or Cruikshank et al. Only a 1,000 sets were printed and most were sent out to be read to pieces in lending libraries throughout Britain, thus the set in original cloth is exceedingly rare. No known census of the sets in original cloth exists, one can assume under 200 survive, and most are in university library rare book rooms. and museums. Book data: paginations: 4, 344pps, 2, 351pps, 1, printer's imprint, 2 344pps, with 32pps of ads dated May 1861. Great Expectations was serialized in Dickens own magazine, All the Year Round, in 1860, and was pirated in America at the same time. There was an second issue of 750 sets the same year, most were purchased by lending libraries. One of Dicken's greatest novels, ranks with and above the Tale and A Christmas Carol as well as David Cooperfield. Basis for a great film by David Lean circa 1947 starring John Mills and Alec Guinness. References: Patten pp 290, Smith 14, Eckel, pp 91, Gimbel A146 only a handful of copies remain original and all are with top ABAA booksellers and at much higher prices. Photos we shall gladly provide. Size: 8vo. Private Press. Bookseller Inventory # 1000453

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DICKENS, Charles | Kyd | Garnett, Richard |

Published by London: Merrill & Baker, 1900. (1900)

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Item Description: London: Merrill & Baker, 1900., 1900. Edition des Bibliophiles One of Only Twenty-Six CopiesDICKENS, Charles. Charles Dickens’s Works. Edited by Richard Garnett. Most Unusually and Elaborately Illustrated. London: Merrill & Baker, [1900].Edition des Bibliophiles. Limited to twenty-six lettered and registered copies (this copy being Letter "H," Printed for Sadie Belle Lufkin). Thirty-two octavo volumes (8 15/16 x 6 inches; 227 x 154 mm.). Elaborately illustrated with frontispieces and plates, including photogravures, etchings, photo-etchings, from the original illustrations by Frederick Barnard, Hablot K. Browne ("Phiz"), George Cattermole, George Cruikshank, Dalziel, F.O.C. Darley, Luke Fildes, John Gilbert, Edwin Landseer, John Leech, Daniel Maclise, J. Mahoney, F.W. Pailthorpe, Robert Seymour, Stanfield, F. Stone, Marcus Stone, and others, including fifty original watercolor drawings ("Aquarelles") by "Kyd" (Joseph Clayton Clarke) of Dickens’s characters. Descriptive tissue guards.Contemporary blue crushed levant morocco. Covers decoratively tooled in gilt in a floral design within a gilt single fillet border, spines decoratively tooled and lettered in gilt in compartments with five raised bands, gilt-dotted board edges, turn-ins decoratively tooled in gilt within an outer border of a gilt-dotted rule and two gilt fillets, red calf doublures, red watered silk liners, top edge gilt, others uncut. Partially unopened. Although the spines are uniformly faded to green and a few leaves are poorly opened, this set is in a spectacular binding. Bookseller Inventory # 00566

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DICKENS, Charles.

Published by Bradbury & Evans, London (1846)

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

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Item Description: Bradbury & Evans May -November 1850, 1849. FIRST EDITION IN THE ORIGINAL 20 MONTHLY PARTS (bound in 19 as issued), with the 38 plates by ‘Phiz’ bound 2 at the front of each part, frontispiece and dated vignette title-page in the final part with the other preliminary matter, advertisements as per Hatton and Cleaver (including the rare folding advertisement for Letts diaries, but without sample leaves), some plates lightly spotted or foxed, one advertisement in final part loose, one back advertisement in final Part loose, 8vo, original printed wrappers, spine of Part 1 repaired, small tear to the rear hinge of Part 19/20, tiny repairs to the fore-edges of Parts 2 and 3, preserved in a red cloth clamshell box with the Suzannet bookplate inside it and a modern bookplate above it (just covering the top of the earlier one), very good One of the scarcest and most desirable of the parts issues. This is an exceptional set (reflecting its Suzannet provenance), largely unsophisticated, with the wrappers minimally soiled and of an even brightness and colour. (Hatton & Cleaver pp. 253-72). Bookseller Inventory # 55682

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DICKENS, Charles

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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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Dickens, Charles

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

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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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Item Description: 1843. First Edition. DICKENS, Charles.The Christmas Books.London: Chapman and Hall, 1843-48.Together, five volumes.First editions of all five of Charles Dickens’ Christmas Books—chief among them a first issue of his immortal Christmas Carol, the veritable "Bible of Christmas"—illustrated with 63 engravings, four in color, by Leech, Maclise, Stanfield, Doyle and Landseer, all books in the original gilt-decorated cloth. A lovely set.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." The publication history of A Christmas Carol is bibliographically complex. "Dickens decided to publish the book himself He wanted the Carol to be a beautiful gift book and took pride in its development. He stipulated the following requirements: a fancy binding, blind-stamped, with gilding on the spine and front cover; all edges gilded; four full-page hand-colored etchings; half title and title pages printed in colors of bright red and green; and hand-colored green endpapers to match the green title page However, in examining printed copies prior to publication, Dickens was disappointed with the appearance of the green titles, which turned drab, and the hand-colored green endpapers, which dusted off and smudged, and had the title page changed to red and blue, the half title to blue, the date on the title page changed from 1844 to 1843, and the endpapers changed to yellow, which did not require hand work. Dickens’ changes were completed by December 17 Since Dickens’ instructions to discontinue the unsatisfactory titles and endpapers were received at the press before publication, at a time when there were on hand different quantities of endpapers, title pages, and sheets of printed text already produced, many copies are found with a mixture of features" (Gimbel A79).Eckel, 110-125. Smith II: 4-6, 8-9.A Christmas Carol with interior generally clean, mild crease to pages 63-64; expert restoration to original cloth, slightest rubbing to still-bright gilt, extremely good. The remaining volumes are all near-fine with slightly darkened spines, gilt bright. Overall, a lovely, complete set, most desirable in the original cloth and with a first-issue of A Christmas Carol. Bookseller Inventory # 87669

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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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Item Description: Chapman & Hall, London. First Edition. 1837 [i.e., April 1836 - November 1837]. First edition in the original monthly parts, 20 parts in 19; original green wrappers. "With forty-three illustrations by Seymour and Phiz" (and Buss). A NEAR PRIME COPY, lacking just 2 of the 11 points required in Eckel's bibliography "The First Editions of the Writings of Charles Dickens." These 11 points are enumerated below. Octavo, [i-v]vi[vii]viii-ix[x-xi]xii-xiv[xv-xvi], [1]2-609[610]. First issue of the vignette title, with "Tony Veller" on sign. This outstanding set has the suppressed Buss plates in part III. Plates in part I are as follows: (1) First state of second Seymour plate. (2) Second state of first Seymour plate. (3) First state of second Seymour plate. (4) First state of second Seymour plate. The "Dying Clown" plate in part II is in the first state. Parts with first state (original) plates are II, III (Buss), part IV (second state of the original plates), V, VIII, IX, XII, XIII, XIV, XV, XVI, XVII, XVIII and XIX/XX; others are second or early states. ALL plates are before letters (i.e., without captions). As called for in Hatton & Cleaver, plates in parts I through XII have page numbers; plates in parts XIII through XIX/XX have no page numbers, except plate #27, which has a page number (See Miller & Strange "A Centenary Bibliography of the Pickwick Papers, page 45: "Each plate appeared with and without pagination."). About half the plates have tissue guards. Plates browned at edges are XI, XVIII and XIX/XX. Plates in part II have light foxing and off-setting; plates in parts XIV, XV and XVI are lightly foxed. All other plates are very good to fine. Parts having correct, or first issue, wrappers are IX, X, XI, XII, XIII, XIV, XV, XVI, XVII, XVIII and XIX/XX. All other wrappers are early issues and correctly numbered. Wrappers with spines expertly, almost invisibly, renewed are VI, IX and perhaps a few others. ALL wraps bear the date 1836. Rear wrap of part X has small chip at spine. Subscriber's name in margin of front wrap of parts I, XII, XVII and XIX/XX. ALL seven (7) of the addresses are present; this is remarkable for a Pickwick. The "Death of Seymour" address in part II is in 2nd state; the address in part X is in 2nd state. The front slip is lacking in parts I and III. The "Advertiser" is lacking in parts IV through X (none were issued in the first 3 parts). Rear ads are lacking in parts III, V, VII, VIII, IX and X. Part X has an extra ad "Christmas Carol." Parts having the first issue text are III, V (mixed), X, XI, XII, XIII, XIV, XV, XVI, XVII, XVIII and XIX/XX. The following parts are complete, having all the ads and slips called for: II (with early wraps), XI, XII, XIV, XV, XVI, XVII, XVIII and XIX/XX; and part XIII is complete, but for the rare "Pigot's Colored Views" which Hatton and Cleaver state, is so rare as to be "almost an unknown quantity" and is known in only 6 copies. Four etchings on steel had been planned for each part. Part I did have 4 plates, but the illustrator, Robert Seymour, died having finished only 3 plates for part II. Starting with part III, each part would have 2 plates each and a new illustrator was hired: Robert William Buss. Dickens was not pleased with his work, so the "suppressed Buss plates" appear only in part III and were phased out after several months. Hablot K. Browne ("Phiz") was chosen to complete the work, starting with part IV. In June, 1837, part XV was delayed one month, because of a death in the author's family. Despite all this, "The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club" was completed in November, 1837 and it had made Charles Dickens famous. When part I of "Pickwick" was published, Dickens was relatively unknown, so only 1,000 copies were printed. Sales were slow, so the publisher chose to print only 500 copies of part II. Then it began to sell. Parts I and II were reprinted before part III was published. The texts of parts I through VIII were reprinted many times at early dates. Hence the paucity of first, or ea. Bookseller Inventory # pb.6676

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Dickens, Charles

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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: 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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Item Description: No Binding. Book Condition: Fine. An exceptional autograph quotation signed by Charles Dickens, from The Old Curiosity Shop. On a large, approximately 8.5" X 10.5" sheet, Dickens has penned the following excerpt, describing the death of Nell: "She was dead. No sleep so beautiful and calm, so free from trace of pain, so fair to look upon. She seemed a creature fresh from the hand of God, and waiting for the breath of life; not one who had lived and suffered death." Dickens adds his signature, with a flourish, then "Tremont House, Boston. Twenty-fourth January 1842". In very fine condition. An incredibly bright and attractive quotation, in bold blue ink throughout. After a rough Atlantic crossing, Dickens had arrived in Boston on 22nd January 1842, accompanied by his young wife, Catherine, where he received a hero’s welcome from common readers and the Boston intelligentsia alike. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 000201

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Item Description: Richard Bentley, London, 1838. First edition, first issue, of the first novel to feature a young child as a protagonist. Vols. I and III in twelves and Vol. II in eights. [i-iv], [1]2-331[1, blank], [4 ads]; [i-iv], [1]2-307[308]; [2, ads], [i-iv], [1]2-315[316] (no half-title called for in Vol. III.). Twenty-four inserted plates by George Cruikshank. Original publisherÕs binding of brown fine-diaper cloth, blind arabesque blocking on the boards, spines in five blind-ruled compartments, gilt lettered in two, publisherÕs imprint at foot, yellow endpapers, uncut [Carter binding variant B]. Spines a tad faded, corner of one free endpaper renewed. Cloth slipcase. A lovely copy . From the library of Thomas Hatton & Jean Hersholt (plates and signatures). The Kenyon Starling-William Self copy.The title pages are of first issue, attributing the work to ÒBoz,Ó rather than Charles Dickens. With the first issue ÒFiresideÓ version of the ÒRose Maylie and OliverÓ plate. Both these points were changed at Dickens' request within about of week of publication. Smith I, 4. Bookseller Inventory # 70890

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Dickens, Charles

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

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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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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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