The posthumous papers of the Pickwick Club. CHARLES DICKENS.
The posthumous papers of the Pickwick Club.
The posthumous papers of the Pickwick Club.
The posthumous papers of the Pickwick Club.

The posthumous papers of the Pickwick Club.

London: Chapman & Hall, 1837. First edition, 2 volumes, 8vo, pp. [iii]-xiv, [2], 306; [2], 307-609; a set likely bound from the original parts (stab holes evident), but generally a mixed issue as described below; 43 etched plates by Robert Seymour, H. K. Browne ("Phiz"), and Robert William Buss, including 1 (of 2) suppressed plates by Buss; this copy also extra-illustrated with a suite of 32 engraved plates by T. Onwyn published in 8 parts between May and November 1837 by E. Grattan; bound without the half-title in later 19th century full green morocco, gilt borders on covers, gilt lettered direct on gilt-paneled spines, a.e.g.; joints a little rubbed, minor scuffing of the spine, some plates browned, otherwise a very good copy, but with stains to the endpapers due to excessive oiling of the leather. A notoriously difficult book bibliographically. This copy with Directions to the Binder leaf with 6 line errata on verso; pages 25-26 a single inset leaf; that and the following leaf both bearing the signature mark `E'; page 341-2 is in its earliest state (Hatton & Cleaver, variant A), frontispiece has 4 stripes on the chair (later there were five stripes); engraved title-p. reads "Weller" (second plate) instead of "Veller;" plates 40 and 41 are both in the third state, etc. Eckel, pp. 51-8; Gimbel A-15; Hatton & Cleaver, pp. 3-88. Item #28222

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