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DICKENS, Charles.
The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby. With Illustrations by Phiz.
London: Chapman and Hall, 1839. Octavo (223 × 137 mm). Bound by Riviere & Son in late 19th-century red crushed morocco, title and rich decoration to spine gilt, raised gilt bands, gilt rules to covers, gilt dentelles, top edge gilt, green coated endpapers, original cloth bound in at rear. An exceptional copy, handsomely bound, with just a little foxing and offsetting contents. Engraved frontispiece by Finden after D. Maclise; 39 plates and 2 original drawings by Phiz. First edition, first issue in book form, this an exceptional copy with two original ink and wash drawings by Phiz bound in at p. 260 and p. 288, one signed, and one with a watermark dated 1838. The drawings are for the illustrations "Affectionate behaviour of Messrs Pyke and Pluck" and "Nicholas hints at the probability of his leaving the Company". The book was originally issued in monthly parts, and, once the serialisation was complete, issued as a book in cloth. With the following first issue points as listed by Smith: publisher's imprint to the first four plates; "visiter" for "sister" p. 123 line 17; "flys" for "flies" p. 245 line 10; "visiters" instead of "visitors" p. 272 line 2; "incontestible" for "incontestable" p. 297 line 22; "suprise"for "surprise" p. 586 line 24. Eckel pp. 64-5; Smith 5. [Attributes: First Edition]
Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member [London, United Kingdom]
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