The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club. Charles Dickens.
The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club

The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club

London, Eng. Chapman and Hall, 1837. Seymour, R. First Edition. Hardcover. xiv, [2], 609, [1] p.: frontispiece, added engraved title page, and 51 additional leaves of plates; 22 cm. First edition, bound from the original monthly parts published from April 1836 to November 1837, without wrappers or advertisements. An attractive Riviere & Son binding of full polished calf with six spine compartments between raised bands. Leather label in the second compartment reading: Pickwick Papers. Leather label in the third compartment reading: Dickens. Gilt-tooled at tail of spine: 1837. Gilt-tooled ornamentation in the other four compartments. Gilt-ruled borders and corner ornamentation on both boards. Gilt-rolled ornamentation on edges of both boards, with gilt-tooled ornamentation continuing on the turn-ins. Top page edges gilt. Marbled endpapers, with small binder's stamp on verso of front free endpaper reading: Bound by Riviere & Son. The 50 leaves of plates, excluding the frontispiece and added engraved title page, consist of 38 plates issued by Chapman and Hall with the text (the plates by Robert Seymour and Hablot Knight Browne) and 12 additional plates published by Edward Grattan during the initial serial publication of this volume, most of them by Thomas Onwhyn and signed "Sam Weller." With the Phiz replacement plates facing pp. 73 and 76 for the R.W. Buss plates meant to face pp. 69 and 74. The 2 original plates that are not present here are the 3 Phiz plates meant to face pp. 326 and 343. Smith I:3. In Very Good+ condition: extremities are lightly rubbed; otherwise a beautiful copy. Very Good +. Item #000268

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