POSTHUMOUS PAPERS OF THE PICKWICK CLUB

Dickens Charles

Published by London Chapman and Hall 1887, 1887
Soft cover
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2 volumes. A Proof Set of the Victoria Edition limited to 500 copies with proofs on India Paper [of a total edition of 2,000]. A set containing the unpublished plates by Buss, "Phiz" and Leech, issued with the work for the first time ever. The illustrations are proofs without letters and from the original illustrations. Additionally included is a manuscript autograph facsimile in Dickensí hand and a facsimile of the front wrapper to Volume I of the parts issue. With photogravure illustrations after the original drawings by R. Seymour, R.W. Buss, Hablot K. Browne ("Phiz") and J. Leech, all on India Paper, copies of Dickensí handwriting and a facsimile of the original front cover to the parts issue of the book. Thick, royal 8vo, beautifully bound by Zaehnsdorf in full green crushed goatskin, the spines attractively mellowed to honey, the compartments decorated with very richly and elaborately designed panels gilt and separated by raised bands gilt ruled, two compartments lettered and decorated in gilt, the covers with fine gilt rolls on either side of three gilt fillet lines at the borders, very elaborate corner decorations gilt tooled, wide and beautifully decorated gilt turnovers, gilt edges and dentelles, marbled endleaves, t.e.g., original upper covers and spine panels tipped in. xlvii, 430; xi, 439, pp. A very fine set, beautifully preserved and exquisitely bound. A UNIQUE COPY IN ITS BEAUTIFUL SIGNED ZAEHSDORF BINDING. THIS ISSUE WITH THE PLATES IN PROOF STATE ON INDIA PAPER. "Pickwick was issued when Dickensí name was just beginning to excite the attention of prescient publishers and be recognized by readers in search of entertaining novels . The publication of PICKWICK, which ran through twenty numbers, made for all time an English classic--a book representative of its age, exhibiting the life and the ideals of an important class of English folk, on the threshold of the Victorian era. "Now, over a century and a half later, PICKWICK holds its assured place in the literature of our tongue, and, among all its authorís works, seems to have the best chance of achieving what is known as immortality. The book was an improvisation. Dickens was led by his genius and by the indulgence of his jocose fancy into picturing all the popular life which his varied experience in and out of London had made familiar to him. And it is a book that appeals throughout life--to the child and to the person of late years" (Gissing). Like others of Dickensí creations, it is a masterpiece. Bookseller Inventory # 25509

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Title: POSTHUMOUS PAPERS OF THE PICKWICK CLUB

Publisher: London Chapman and Hall 1887

Publication Date: 1887

Binding: Soft cover

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