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DICKENS, Charles.
The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby.
Philadelphia: Lea & Blanchard, 1839. Philadelphia: Lea & Blanchard,, 1839. An American piracy, bound from the parts 2 volumes, octavo (240 x 152 mm). Contemporary green floral-patterned cloth, red morocco labels lettered in gilt to spines. Housed in a custom blue cloth box, black morocco labels lettered in gilt to spine. Portrait frontispiece after Samuel Laurence, and 39 engraved plates by 'Phiz' (Hablot K. Browne) re-engraved by J. Yeager. Bound without advertisements. Ownership signatures dated 1839 of John A. King, Jr to initial blanks. Trivial wear to spine ends and tips, very light patches of discolouration to covers, yet binding still in very nice condition; contents lightly browned and foxed as usual, with occasional repairs to plates, overall very good. First US edition, bound from the original parts, as published between May 1838 and mid-November 1839. The publication was one of the piracies which plagued Dickens; Lea and Blanchard took advantage of the lack of international copyright to reproduce each of the British parts as they came out from April 1838 to October 1839. Dickens received no payment from Lea and Blanchard for the work. The first US book-form edition followed on 15 November 1839. Gimbel A42, A43; Smith First American Editions 4.
Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA/ ILAB. [London, United Kingdom]

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