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OLIVER TWIST; or, the Parish Boy's Progress. By "BOZ" in three volumes

DICKENS, Charles

Published by Richard Bently, London, 1838
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8vo, pp. 331 + adv; 307; 315. Bound in publisher's blind horizontally ribbed stamped cloth:Vol. I hinges broken, connected to the cloth, bookplate; Vol. II, very good; Vol. III: hinges loose, This copy does not have an imprint at the bottom of the spines. 24 etched plates by George Cruikshank including the "Fireside" plate (facing p. 313 in vol. III). The three volumes are housed in a full calf slip case with individual chemises. Smith I pp 28-37; Gimbel A27; Eckel pp 59-61; Carter BV p. 107 and MBV p. 7; VanderPoel Collection B87(1). This is the true first editon. Oliver Twist was not issued in parts until 1846. From Wikipedia: The story is of the orphan Oliver Twist, who starts his life in a workhouse and is then sold into an apprenticeship with an undertaker. He escapes from there and travels to London where he meets the Artful Dodger, a member of a gang of juvenile pickpockets, which is led by the elderly criminal Fagin. Oliver Twist is notable for Dickens's unromantic portrayal of criminals and their sordid lives, as well as exposing the cruel treatment of the many orphans in London in the mid&nineteenth century. The alternate title, The Parish Boy's Progress, alludes to Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress, as well as the 18th-century caricature series by William Hogarth, A Rake's Progress and A Harlot's Progress. An early example of the social novel, Dickens satirizes the hypocrisies of his time, including child labour, the recruitment of children as criminals, and the presence of street children. The novel may have been inspired by the story of Robert Blincoe, an orphan whose account of working as a child labourer in a cotton mill was widely read in the 1830s. It is likely that Dickens's own youthful experiences contributed as well. Oliver Twist has been the subject of numerous adaptations, for various media, including a highly successful musical play, Oliver!, and the multiple Academy Award-winning 1968 motion picture. First Edition, First Issue with "Boz" on the title page and the. Bookseller Inventory # 55366

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Title: OLIVER TWIST; or, the Parish Boy's Progress....

Publisher: Richard Bently, London

Publication Date: 1838

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