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Dickens, Charles

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

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

Dickens, Charles

Published by London Bradbury and Evans (1846)

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

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Sketches by "Boz," Illustrative of Every-day Life,: Dickens, Charles
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Item Description: John Macrone, London, 1837. Cruikshank, George (illustrator). Three small octavo volumes. viii, 348 pp.; (iv), 342pp.; viii, 377pp., + (19)pp. of advertisements. First edition, first issues in book form of Dickens's first work. Illustrated throughout with engravings by George Cruikshank, volumes I and II each with a frontispiece and seven subsequent illustrations, and the Second Series with frontispiece, engraved title-page, and eight subsequent illustrations. Volume I Preface dated February, 1836, and both volumes with all but one or two internal flaws as called for by Smith. Second Series is one of the few early copies without the list of illustrations, with thirteen rather than seventeen lines on the first page of the Contents; legible commas on the Free and Easy imprint; and with Vol. III unerased from the foot of each plate. According to Sadleir, these points "certainly seem to represent an earlier (and perhaps suppressed) issue of the book . . . the only possible explanation seems to be that [the publisher] and Dickens planned Sketches by Boz as a three-volume work, and that the plates were prepared for the third volume in uniform style with those of Volumes I and II. Possibly Dickens then insisted on adding more material than a normal third volume could accommodate, and a second series in one bulky volume was forced on the publisher." Eckel even more definitively states that the missing list of plates "prove[s] to be a mark of the first issue of the book." Although most of the sketches in this work were originally published as separate entries in various magazines and journals between 1833 and 1836, this edition does represent the first appearance of five of the sketches: "A Visit to Newgate," "The Black Veil," "The Great Winglebury Duel," "Our Next-Door Neighbours," and "The Drunkard's Death." The first two volumes are bound in publisher's olive green cloth, with a gilt cartouche and lettering on the spines. Corners lightly bumped, some minor spotting to cloth, else about fine. Second Series is bound in the rare original rose-colored cloth with blind-stamped wreath on the front cover and spine in four compartments, top compartment lettered in gilt within a decorative gilt frame. The gilding has been applied without black pigment, again indicating one of the early copies, as mentioned by Smith. Some bumping to corners, spine slightly sunned, and a few short closed tears in cloth at foot of spine. Nearly fine. Each volume in a green cloth chemise, the three volumes housed together in a quarter morocco slipcase lettered in gilt on the spine. This set came from the collection of William E. Self, former president of Twentieth Century Fox, and bears his bookplate. Both volumes also with the bookplates of noted collectors Winston Henry Hagen and E. Hubert Litchfield. A very nice set of a seminal work of modern Western literature, with excellent provenance. (Eckel, pp. 11-13; Sadleir I, 700; Smith 1, 2). Bookseller Inventory # 22180

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DICKENS, Charles

Published by London Chapman and Hall (1861)

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Item Description: London Chapman and Hall, 1861. The Rare First Issue of "Great Expectations" in the Original Cloth DICKENS, Charles. Great Expectations. In Three Volumes. London: Chapman and Hall, 1861. First edition in book form, first issue. Three octavo volumes. [4], 344; [2], 351, [1, printer’s imprint]; [2], 344 pp. plus 32 pp. advertisements, dated May, 1861. With the first issue title-pages and with all the internal flaws for the first issue called for by Smith, except page 173 in volume III has an apostrophe in "there's." There are a four more points however that Smith notes which do not occur in every copy. Our set does not have the two points in Volume III that Smith notes only appeared in Sadleir’s copy ("3" missing in page number on p. 103, and first "i" missing in "inflexible" on p. 193, four lines up). Additionally, our set has a period after the headline on page 236 in volume III and also a dot over the 'i" on page 278, volume II. Both of these points Smith notes appear in most copies, but not all. Original moderate violet wavy-grain cloth with covers decoratively stamped in blind and spines ruled in blind and decoratively stamped and lettered in gilt. Spines a bit sunned and extremities of boards and spines lightly rubbed. Occasional signature slightly sprung. Front inner hinge of volume III restored, others with hairline cracks. Overall, an excellent copy that shows very well. Housed together in a blue morocco pull-off case. One of only two Dickens novels never issued in monthly parts—the typical method since Pickwick—Great Expectations is also one of only two of his novels whose first editions weren’t illustrated (in both cases, Hard Times is the other). Great Expectations first appeared in England in the pages of Dickens’s popular magazine, All the Year Round, beginning on December 1, 1860 (though two American magazines, Harper’s Weekly and the American All the Year Round began serializing it slightly earlier, technically jeopardizing Dickens’s British copyright). "The rarity of the first issue of Great Expectations has been attributed to the probable small binding-up of copies with the first titlepage, coupled with the fact (according to C.P. Johnson, Hints to Collectors, p. 33, and others later) that ‘the first edition was almost entirely taken up by the libraries.’ Patten, pp. 290-92, states that 1,000 copies of the first issue and 750 of the second were printed and that probably most of the first and more than half of the second (1400) copies in all) were purchased by Mudie’s Select Library" (Smith I, p. 104, note 5). Smith I, 14. Eckel, pp. 91-93. Gimbel A146. HBS 67764. $37,500. Bookseller Inventory # 67764

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A Christmas Carol: Dickens, Charles

Dickens, Charles

Published by Chapman and Hall, London (1843)

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Item Description: Chapman and Hall, London, 1843. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. First Edition, First Printing SIGNED by Dickens on a handwritten envelope laid into the book. This is the TRUE FIRST EDITION with the ORIGINAL green endpapers and ALL the First Issue points present. All four color plates are by Leech are vibrant in color. The 4 black and white illustrations by Linton are present. This First Issue also has most important point 'Stave I' on page 1 with the uncorrected text and the 1843 date printed on the title page. The title page is printed in blue and red ink. The front board has the perfect 'D' within 'Dickens' and a 14mm closest gap from left margin to left of wreath. This copy is bound in the ORIGINAL publisher's brown Cloth. The binding is tight with light wear to the spine. The pages are clean with NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. A wonderful copy SIGNED by the author and housed in a custom clamshell slipcase. We buy SIGNED Dickens First Editions. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # ABE-12065287250

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Oliver Twist, in 10 monthly parts: DICKENS, Charles

DICKENS, Charles

Published by Bradbury & Evans, London (1846)

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Item Description: Bradbury & Evans, London, 1846. hardcover. Book Condition: very good. First. 8vo, printed green wrapper, designed by George Cruikshank. 24 plates. London: Bradbury & Evans, January - October, 1846. Parts 3-9 are in fine condition. The front wrapper of Part 1 is slightly darkened, with a small chip at the lower spine; Part 2 is lacking the upper spine; In part 10, the margins of the front wrapper have been expertly restored, and the one leaf ad on yellow paper is not present. The "Oliver Twist Advertisers" in parts 1 & 2 are present as required, although one is bound in at front rather than the back. The 24 plates are all present, but not in the sequence described in Hatton & Cleaver. The set is preserved in a full green morocco slipcase with an elaborately gilt spine. This edition followed on previous publications; firstly as a serial in Bentley's Miscellany, Feb. 1837 - March, 1829. Before the close of the serial it came out in 3-volume form. The present issue, in parts, generally known as the first octavo edition, was always prized by collectors and consequently is the more valuable of the Oliver Twists. Eckels, page 62. "Complete sets can without exaggeration be described as of the utmost rarity, whether in fine, moderate or poor condition." Hatton & Cleaver, page 215. Bookseller Inventory # 256411

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Dickens, Charles

Published by Carey & Hart, Philadelphia (1844)

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Item Description: Carey & Hart, Philadelphia, 1844. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. John Leech (illustrator). First Edition. FIRST AMERICAN EDITION. Bears the bookplate of James A. Stillman (1873-1944) chief executive of National City Bank of New York and a prominent book collector An exceptionally Fine copy with almost no wear; opposite the bookplate, on the ffep, there seems to be a faint impression of an earlier erased gift inscription, which is very faint. Original blind stamped and gilt decorated dark blue cloth covers, a rare example due to its exceptionally fine condition, minimal internal ageing, all plates pristine. Bookseller Inventory # 15805

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A Tale of Two Cities (in 8: Dickens, Charles

Dickens, Charles

Published by Chapman and Hall, London (1859)

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Item Description: Chapman and Hall, London, 1859. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. First Editions, First Printings in the ORIGINAL 8 monthly parts in seven books. A spectacular copy of this complete set. These monthly parts are bound in the ORIGINAL blue wrappers with the First Issue text with p. 213 showing "113" and the List of Plates bearing signature "b." This set collates complete, with the often-seen substitution of the Morison "Monument" ad for the Morison "View" ad in Part III and with a substitution of the slip from Part I in Part V. De Jongh ad at the back of part V is a different issue. The Plates in the wrappers are lightly foxed with minor wear to the wrappers. Overall, a magnificent set seldom seen in the original parts especially in this condition. Includes a custom drop box bound to protect the parts. We buy Dickens in parts. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-12487726004

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DICKENS, Charles

Published by London Bradbury and Evans (1846)

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Item Description: London Bradbury and Evans, 1846. Exceptionally Rare in Parts Partially Un-Opened DICKENS, Charles. The Adventures of Oliver Twist: or, The Parish Boy’s Progress. . With Twenty-Four Illustrations on Steel, By George Cruikshank. A New Edition, Revised and Corrected. London: Published for the Author, by Bradbury and Evans, [January - October] 1846. First edition of the revised edition in ten monthly parts. Partially un-opened. Octavo. [i-v]vi-vii[viii-ix]x-xii, [1]2-311[312]. The twenty-four plates are those used for the original Bentley edition, re-touched, re-bitten, and "enhanced" by the engraver Findlay, and with the Bentley imprints erased. Cruikshank also designed the front wrapper for the parts issue, with very attractive, well-balanced, and appealing results The set at hand collates complete. Overall, in amazingly fresh and satisfying condition: wrappers bright and clean without edge fraying; text and plates clean; edges sharp; not at all tired or worn. Some minor paper restoration but overall, a fine copy of a true prize. ".[S]ets of the ten parts can, without exaggeration, be described as of the utmost rarity, whether in fine, moderate, or poor condition, and only exceeded by the 'high-spots' of Pickwick and the Sketches. As recently as 1931, it would have been an impossibility to purchase any kind of conditioned copy in the London book-market; for the simple reason that none were [sic] on offer or could be offered. The very scarcity alone, of the book in parts, gives added zest to the tracking down of copies, but many would-be owners are doomed to disappointment in their efforts to effect a capture, in face of the very limited supply available." Hatton and Cleaver, pp. 215-224. HBS 67346. $30,000. Bookseller Inventory # 67346

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The Christmas Books: A Christmas Carol; The: Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens

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

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

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Dickens, Charles

Published by Richard Bentley, London (1838)

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Item Description: Richard Bentley, London, 1838. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. First Edition, First Printing. This book has the First issue point with the 'Fireside' plate and the author credited as 'Boz' to the title page. This copy is SIGNED by Charles Dickens on a laid in envelope. An attractive copy with light wear to the spine and edges. The bindings in all three books are tight, bound in the ORIGINAL publisher's cloth. The pages are clean with light discoloration. There is NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. Overall, a lovely copy of this (3) Volume First Edition SIGNED by the author. We buy Charles Dickens First Editions. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # ABE-11873974965

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A Christmas Carol: Dickens, Charles

Dickens, Charles

Published by Chapman and Hall, London (1843)

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Item Description: Chapman and Hall, London, 1843. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. First Edition, First Printing. This is the TRUE FIRST EDITION with following First Issue points present "Four hand colored steel-engraved plates by John Leech" "Four black and white wood-engraved illustrations by W.J. Linton" "The title page in printed in blue and red" "dated 1843 on title page" "The front board has a perfect 'D' within 'Dickens' and a 14mm closest gap from left margin to left of wreath" with two pages of advertisement present on last page." A wonderful copy. The book is great shape. The binding is tight with NO cocking or leaning and the boards are crisp with minor wear. The pages are exceptionally clean with NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. A sharp copy housed in a custom clamshell slipcase. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-13175143843

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Dickens, Charles

Published by Chapman and Hall, London (1859)

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Item Description: Chapman and Hall, London, 1859. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. First Edition, First Printing. This is the TRUE FIRST EDITION with the First issue point with page 213 miss-paginated. The publisher's catalog is present and dated November 1859. This copy is SIGNED by Charles Dickens on a laid in check dated 1859, the same year this book was published. A wonderful UNRESTORED copy bound in the ORIGINAL publisher's Red Cloth. The binding is tight with light wear to the boards. The pages are clean with minor discoloration to the endpapers. There is NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. Overall, a lovely copy of this First Edition SIGNED by the author. We buy Charles Dickens First Editions. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # ABE-11874317723

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

Dickens, Charles

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

Dickens, Charles

Published by Chapman & Hall, London (1836)

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

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OLIVER TWIST;: Dickens, Charles

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. 1853-54 (1853)

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Item Description: Bradbury & Evans. 1853-54, 1853. FIRST EDITION. 3 vols. Half titles, frontispieces by F.W. Topham, 1p ads in all vols; old tape repairs to inner hinges vol. I. Original violet-pink cloth, blocked in blind, front boards decorated in gilt; heads & tails of spines sl. rubbed with some sl. loss, boards a little dulled & marked. The Dedication leaf of vol. I is INSCRIBED: 'Emile de la Rue From Charles Dickens Fifth February, 1854' Signed by Emile de la Rue in pencil on verso of leading f.e.p. Later bookplate of H. Lettenorier. In fold-over box. Smith Part II, 10; variant binding as described by Gimbel in note 3: fine rib-grained violet-pink cloth. On 4th December, 1853, Dickens wrote to Emile de la Rue a long letter: ' I am going to send you, please God, from England, a Bleak House in its real original form. I don't know whether you have read my Child's History - which contains the Truth respecting certain English Kings, whom it has been thought a kind of religious gentility to lie about. I will send that too, though I have my doubts whether it may not have earned the honour of being taboo'd by the Infallible Church' In a letter to Leigh Hunt dated 31st January, 1855, Dickens mentions being sent prints of incidents in the Piedmontese War of Independence by a 'Genoese Friend' - presumably de la Rue. He and Dickens also joked together, particularly about the 'Visual Ray', a reference to Milton's 'visual ray to objects far' from Paradise Lost Book III. In style, subject and composition, this book differed from all Dickens's other works. This is also the only example of Dickens dictating the text to Georgina Hogarth; chapters two and four only are in his manuscript. Chapters had appeared irregularly in Household Words between 1851 & 1853. De la Rue was a Swiss banker; Dickens stayed with him & his wife Augusta at Genoa during his Italian visit, 1844-45. Dickens, who was fascinated by the art of mesmerism and had witnessed it being practised on numerous occasions, attempted to cure Mme de la Rue of her debilitating anxieties by mesmerising her himself. Bookseller Inventory # 58051

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Great Expectations.: Dickens, Charles

Dickens, Charles

Published by Chapman and Hall, London (1861)

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

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Great Expectations: Dickens, Charles

Dickens, Charles

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Item Description: Chapman and Hall, London, 1861. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. First Edition, First Printing, fifth issue. Three volumes, including the publisher's catalog dated August 1861 at the rear of Volume III. Bound in the ORIGINAL publisher's ribbed purple cloth binding, with ruling and decorations in blind to boards, lettering and decorations in gilt to spine. Each volume with bright boards, toning to the spines, wear to the extremities, some light rubbing across. Volume I, with spine cracked at front hinge, former owner's signature to the dedication page. Volumes II and III each starting at front hinges, former owner's signature to the title pages. Each volume with otherwise intact spines and extremely bright and clean interiors. This copy has the majority of the first issue points, with only a few of the corrections that were made after the first issue. Overall, a clean and attractive set, extremely rare in the unsophisticated publisher's cloth. Smith I, 14. Great Expectations was originally published serially in All the Year Round, the author's literary magazine, in thirty-six weekly issues from December 1860-August 1861. It is one of Dickens' two novels that was not illustrated in the first book edition, the other being Hard Times. The first issue of the first edition, published on July 6, 1861, was followed by four subsequent issues of the same edition, published on August 5, August 17, September 21, and October 30 of the same year. Smith notes that "These first five issues were probably printed at a single impression and published with altered title pages to imply and encourage a rapid sale In all five issues, the same misprints persist." Thus, the first five issues are essentially the same first edition with varying title pages, printed simultaneously and issued in successive intervals. While some of the first issue's misprints were fixed, the corrections were not all-encompassing, yielding a variety of misprints and corrections in the first issues. For example, this volume contains some of the later issue corrections, but includes an earlier catalog that was also published in earlier issues. The first issue, which included a print run of 1,000 copies was "almost entirely taken up by the libraries," leaving only a few hundred copies for private ownership and increasing the rarity of a privately-owned later issue of the first printing. Great Expectations is Dickens' thirteenth novel. Like his 1850 novel David Copperfield, it is a bildungsroman that follows the protagonist's life from childhood to adulthood and is written entirely in the first-person. Great Expectations tells the story of a young orphan boy named Pip and his "great expectations" of becoming a gentleman and receiving his benefactor's wealth and property. A classic Victorian novel, Great Expectations features many of Dickens' recurring themes, including orphans, prison life, and Victorian society. Overall, a solid unrestored, uniform set, all original and not made up or supplied from other copies. An affordable copy in collector's condition. We buy Dickens First Editions!!!. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-11911268622

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DICKENS, Charles.

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Item Description: Chapman & Hall. 1843, 1843. FIRST EDITION, 1st issue. Half title, hand-coloured frontispiece & 3 plates, text woodcuts, 2pp ads. Titlepage printed in red & blue, half title & verso of title printed in blue, green endpapers. Original salmon pink vertical-ribbed cloth, blocked & lettered in blind & gilt; spine sl. faded & with v. tiny nick at tail, v. small knock in outer edge of following board, one or two v. light almost imperceptible marks on front board. a.e.g. A v.g. exceptionally well-preserved copy. Smith II 4. The first issue, "Stave I" as the first chapter heading, uncorrected text. The first of Dickens's works to have illustrations by Leech. Bookseller Inventory # 72766

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DICKENS, Charles

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Item Description: Chapman & Hall. Bradbury & Evans, 1843. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. No Jacket. 1st Edition. 5 titles: 1. A Christmas Carol. London: Chapman & Hall, 1843. [viii], 166, [2] pp. Four hand-colored engraved plates and illustrations in the text by John Leech. Faded period inscription to half-title, some faint spots. First issue with title-page in red and blue, dated 1843, "stave l" on p 1. 2. The Chimes. London: Chapman and Hall, 1845. [viii], 175, [1] pp. Additional engraved title, frontispiece, illustrations throughout by John Leech, Richard Doyle, and others. A few faint spots, but generally clean. First state with publisher's name engraved on additional title. 3. The Cricket on the Hearth. London: for the author by Bradbury and Evans, 1846. [viii], 174, [2] pp. Additional engraved title, frontispiece and illustrations throughout by John Leech, Richard Doyle and others. Minor toning, else internally clean. First edition, with second state of advertisement leaf. 4. The Battle of Life. London: Bradbury & Evans, 1846. [viii], 175, [3] pp. Additional engraved title, frontispiece, illustrations throughout by Daniel Maclise, Richard Doyle, John Leech and others. Lightly toned, but generally internally clean. First edition, with 4th state of engraved title as often found. 5. The Haunted Man and the Ghost's Bargain. London: Bradbury & Evans, 1848. [viii], 188 pp. Additional engraved title, frontispiece and illustrations throughout by John Tenniel, John Leech and others. Generally internally clean. First edition. All bound in full crimson morocco, spines gilt, upper covers with morocco inlay vignettes depicting characters from each of the works, a.e.g., all with original cloth bound in at end, for Henry Sotheran. Custom cloth slipcase. Bookseller Inventory # 308243

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DICKENS, CHARLES.

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

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Item Description: London: Chapman and Hall, 1859, 1859. First Edition; first binding; publisher's maroon cloth; 32 page publisher's catalogue (not present in all copies); owner's 20th century ink notation on the front free endpaper; hinges and spine archivally mended (not rebacked or recased); some foxing; a very good copy. Bookseller Inventory # 25319

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Personal History of David Copperfield With Illustrations: Dickens, Charles

Dickens, Charles

Published by Bradbury & Evans, London (1850)

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

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Great Expectations.: DICKENS, Charles.

DICKENS, Charles.

Published by London: Chapman and Hall, 1861 (1861)

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Item Description: London: Chapman and Hall, 1861, 1861. 3 volumes, octavo (183 × 114 mm). Contemporary pale purple half calf, decorative blind tooled and gilt banded spines, olive green and black twin labels, marbled sides, edges and endpapers. Spines sunned, bindings a little rubbed, bound without the publisher's 32-page catalogue at the end of volume III. An attractively bound copy. First edition, first impression, published on 6 July 1861, one of 1,000 copies thus. The first edition was divided into five impressions, with distinct title pages labelling them as five editions, perhaps to imply rapid sales. The modern bibliographical authority is generally agreed to be the table given in Appendix D to the Clarendon edition, 1993, based on line-by-line collation of six 1861 copies, with additional spot checks from other copies, in which Margaret Caldwell agrees with the traditional conclusion that the same setting of type was used for all five impressions: "there is no warrant for treating the five impressions as distinct editions" (p. 491). However, she deduces that the impressions were sequential and that minor corrections and gradual deterioration of type can be shown across the five impressions. This copy has all of Cardwell's points for the first impression. Cardwell notes two variable points in Vol. III: in some copies, on p. 103, the page-number 3 is missing; and p. 193, line 23, the initial i in inflexible is missing. In this copy both are present. The first impression of Great Expectations is a famously rare book. Robert L. Patten, Charles Dickens and His Publishers (Clarendon 1978), states that 1,000 copies of the first impression and 750 of the second were printed and that probably most of the first and more than half of the second (1,400 copies in all) were published by Mudie's Select Library, where as circulating library copies they inevitably suffered a high rate of attrition. Smith I 14. Bookseller Inventory # 110823

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

DICKENS, Charles.

Published by Chapman and Hall, London (1843)

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

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Item Description: Chapman & Hall 1906-1908., London, 1906. Octavo, 40 volumes. Full red morocco bound by Bayntun, with gilt titles and elaborate tooling, blue inlay to the inner and rear panels. This example is finely bound and is extra-illustrated with two autograph letters signed by Charles Dickens. The first letter is to Sir John Bowring. An interesting letter regretting that Dickens did not attend Bowring's lecture and mentioning his "Falstaff house" and "All the Year Round" and joking with him about taking poison from the Natives. Bowring was a travel writer and the fourth Governor of Hong Kong. Published in Letters of Charles Dickens: 1836-1870, p 180. The second letter is from London, June 13, 1848, to Edward Davis. In which Dickens apologizes for not answering his letter earlier but explains that he has no connection to the Punch office and that his amateur company will not be able to visit Newcastle. Numerous plates throughout including mounted illustrations after George Cruikshank, Hablot K. Browne. An exceptional complete set in near fine condition, with just a few volumes that have light cracking at the hinges. Dickens is generally considered the greatest writer of the Victorian period. His works are characterized by attacks on social evils, injustice, and hypocrisy. "His imaginative freshness, his deep and sincere tenderness and pity, his whole-souled humor that is seldom sharpened into wit, his superabundance of creative energy, have built a deathless niche in the temple of fame for Charles Dickens" (Kunitz & Haycraft, 184). Bookseller Inventory # 3507

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A Christmas Carol [With:] The Chimes. [And:]: Dickens, Charles

Dickens, Charles

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Item Description: Chapman and Hall, London, 1848. First editions. A Christmas Carol. London: Chapman and Hall, 1843. First issue: i.e., "Stave I"; text entirely uncorrected; blue half-title and red and blue title. Small octavo (6 1/2 x 4 inches; 165 x 105 mm). [viii], [1]2-166, [2, publisher's advertisements] pp. Four inserted hand-colored steel-engraved plates by and after Leech and four black and white text wood-engravings by W.J. Linton after Leech. Original green-coated endpapers.Original cinnamon vertically-ribbed cloth. Covers decoratively stamped in blind, front cover and spine decoratively stamped and lettered in gilt, all edges gilt. A solid, Very Good+ copy with the front hinge starting, but firm, minor wear the spine ends and corners and the green endpapers a bit rubbed, as usual. Overall a very nice copy and completely unrestored.[Together with:]The Chimes. A Goblin Story of Some Bells that Rang an Old Year Out and a New Year In. London: Chapman and Hall, 1845 [i.e., December 1844]. First edition, first state. A Near Fine copy with the rear hinge starting and very light wear at the extremities, but completely unrestored.The Cricket on the Hearth. A Fairy Tale of Home. London: Printed and Published for the Author, by Bradbury and Evans, 1846 [i.e., December 1845]. First edition, first state. A Near Fine copy with a touch of wear at the spine ends, but generally in excellent condition and unrestored.The Battle of Life. A Love Story. London: Bradbury & Evans, 1846. First edition, second state. A Very Good copy with splits in the cloth at the top and bottom of the spine, wear at the corners and soiling to the cloth. Internal contents are quite attractive and again, no restoration. The Haunted Man and the Ghost's Bargain. A Fancy for Christmas-Time. London: Bradbury & Evans, 1848. First edition. A Near Fine copy with just minor wear at the spine ends. Internal contents are in excellent condition and no restoration.Each book with the armorial bookplate of Albany Hawke Charlesworth on the front paste-down. All five titles housed together in quarter morocco open-end case. Case formed in the shape of the five spines. Gimbel. Hatton and Cleaver. Smith, Dickens. Bookseller Inventory # 1652

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Oliver Twist; or, the Parish Boy's Progress: DICKENS, Charles; CRUIKSHANK,

DICKENS, Charles; CRUIKSHANK, George

Published by London: Richard Bentley, 1838 (1838)

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Item Description: London: Richard Bentley, 1838, 1838. Original Cloth, Rare First Issue[DICKENS, Charles]. Oliver Twist; or, the Parish Boy's Progress. By "Boz." In Three Volumes. Vol. I. [II. III.] London: Richard Bentley, 1838.First edition, first issue, with the title-page authorship credit to "Boz" instead of Dickens and with the "Fireside" version of the final plate. Three octavo volumes (8 x 4 7/8 inches; 204 x 124 mm.). Volumes I and III in twelves, volume II in eights. [iv], [1],2-331, [4, advertisements]; [iv], [1]2-307[308]; [iv], [1]2-315[316]. No half-title called for in Volume III. Twenty-four inserted plates by George Cruikshank. With all but two of the sixty first issue points as stated by Smith. Volume III with short clean marginal tear (7/16 inch) on B6 (pp. 11/12), two short expertly repaired marginal tears on N6 & N7 (pp. 255/6 & 257/8). Plates facing p. 105 and p. 165 a little foxed otherwise a remarkably clean set with all the text and plates clean and fresh.Publisher's (Carter A) binding of moderate reddish brown horizontally ribbed cloth, front and back covers stamped in blind with an arabesque design. Spines lettered and ruled in gilt, without the gilt stamped London/Bentley imprint at foot, original pale yellow coated endpapers. Inner hinges of volume I expertly and almost invisibly repaired, rear inner hinge of volume III with very small, minor and almost invisible repair. Lower joint of volume III with very slight four-inch crack which has been professionally repaired. Spines very slightly faded, some minor rubbing and light wear to spine ends and corners but really a near fine set of Dickens landmark second novel. With the armorial bookplate of George Clinton Fairchild Williams on each paste-down. Individually chemised in a blue cloth clamshell case with four dark green morocco labels lettered in gilt on spine.For this novel, Dickens's first in the standard three-volume form, Bentley divided the printing task between two firms: Volume I was printed in a twelvemo format by Samuel Bentley; Volume II in octavo format by Whiting; and Volume III preliminaries and signatures A-F and probably G by Whiting with the remaining text by Samuel Bentley, again in twelvemo format. The three-decker publication date was 9 November 1838, and within a week, at Dickens's insistence, the title-pages were changed to include his name, and the "Church" version of the final plate ("Rose Maylie and Oliver") was substituted for the "Fireside" version. The true first issue is quite rare. Smith I, 4; Gimbel A27. Bookseller Inventory # 03956

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Dickens, Charles

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

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Item Description: Chapman & Hall London 1843, London, 1843. First Printing. Illustrated by Leech (illustrator). First Edition. Very good tight, bright condition, spine tips worn hardback Green endpapers, red & blue title page, etc.Overall a very good copy of the First Issue, in a custom made clamshell box. Bookseller Inventory # 004573

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DICKENS, CHARLES

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Item Description: CHAPMAN & HALL, LONDON, 1843. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. 2nd issue of CHRISTMAS CAROL; all others, 1st issue. In sliupcase. All in original red cloth with gilt. None. Bookseller Inventory # 10769

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