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DICKENS, Charles.
The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit.
London: Chapman and Hall,, 1844. Handsome Bayntun binding Octavo (207 x 128 mm). Recent red morocco by Bayntun, spine lettered in gilt and gilt to compartments, gilt portrait of Dickens within roundel to front cover, gilt facsimile signature to rear cover, gilt turn-ins, marbled endpapers, gilt edges. Engraved frontispiece, vignette title page (£ sign transposed, no priority of issue), and 38 engraved plates by H. K. Browne. Half-title present. Binding in fine condition; discreet repairs to short closed tears to frontispiece and a few other plates, a couple of plates trimmed around margins, plates and contents a little toned as usual. Overall a very good copy. First edition. Dickens's biographer places Martin Chuzzlewit as marking "a great change in Dickens's conception of moral characteristics... For the first time Dickens begins to explore the contradictions and difficulties of the contemporary human world; these are no longer figures defined by a single characteristic or animated by the wilful principle of a 'humour', but ones who are seen to change with the changing world, to live and grow" (Ackroyd, Dickens, p. 392). Dickens wrote to a contemporary that "I think Chuzzlewit is a hundred points immeasurably the best of my stories" (cited in Berard, Dickens and Landscape Discourse, p. 3). Smith I, 7; Hatton and Cleaver pp. 183-212. [Attributes: First Edition]
Bookseller: Peter Harrington [United Kingdom]
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