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Dickens. Charles
The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby.
Chapman and Hall, London, 1839. First edition in book form of one of Dickens' most popular novels. Octavo, bound in full morocco by Sangorski and Sutcliffe with morocco spine labels lettered in gilt, elaborate gilt ruling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, triple gilt ruling to the front and rear panels, gilt turn-ins and inner dentelles, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt, ribbon bound in. Tissue-guarded steel-engraved frontispiece portrait of Dickens after the painting by David Maclise, illustrated with 39 etchings by Hablot Knight Browne ("Phiz") including plates 1-4 in the earliest states with the publisher's imprint. With the original typed invoice from J. Sangorski and G. Sutcliffe Bookbinders dated December 30th 1933 laid in. In fine condition. Housed in a custom marbled slipcase. A superior example with noted provenance. "It was the novelist's intention to expose in this story the terrible abuses practiced in the cheap boarding-schools of Yorkshire, and, in order that he realize their true character, he determined to investigate for himself the real facts as to the condition of those notorious seminaries, Accordingly, at the end of January 1838, he and 'Phiz' started on this memorable journey, in bitterly cold weather, and, visiting several schools in the locality, they came into direct contact with the proprietors. One of these was William Shaw, the identical schoolmaster who, some years previously, had been heavily fined for what was represented at the trial as gross maltreatment of his pupils" (Kitton, Dickens and His Illustrators, 75). The … [Click Below for Full Description]
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