The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club. Charles Dickens.

The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club

London: Chapman & Hall, 1837. First edition. Hardcover. 8vo. 609 pp. Bound in brown calf, spine with red morocco label, 4 gilt decorated raised bands with gilt ruling and gilt lettering, patterned endpapers and pastedowns. 43 plates by Robert Seymour (first 7 plates following the vignette titlepage), Robert William Buss (2 plates following those of Seymour), and H. K. Browne ("Phiz") (frontispiece, vignette titlepage, and final 32 plates). First edition bound from the parts. Bound without the half-title, mixed issue but many earlier points present (both Buss plates are included, sign in vignette titlepage reads "Veller" and plate is signed "Phiz fecit", pp. 341 and 342 are Hatton & Cleaver variant A, early plates lack captions but have page numbers, later plates lack both). Smith I 3, Eckel, pp. 17-58; Gimbel A-15; Hatton & Cleaver, pp. 3-88. A pleasing, attractively bound copy of Dickens' first novel. Very Good. Item #00007177

Modern binding is close to Fine, general mild darkening to the pages, tiny tears to pages 237 and 273 (not affecting the text), the plates show foxing and darkening.

Price: $1,500.00

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