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[DICKENS, Charles.]
Oliver Twist; or, the Parish Boy's Progress. By "Boz."
London: Richard Bentley,, 1838. Original cloth 3 volumes, octavo. Original reddish brown fine-diaper cloth, spine in compartments with gilt titles, sides each stamped in blind with an arabesque cartouche, yellow coated endpapers. Housed in a blue calf book-form folding case, back gilt with red and green morocco lettering panels, unsigned but apparently by Bayntun (joints rubbed). 24 etched plates by George Cruikshank including the "Fireside" plate (facing p. 313 in vol. III). Half-titles to Vols. I and II, as issued; initial advert leaf to Vol. III. A few marks to cloth, some oxidisation to plates, occasional slight spotting, inner hinges sound, a very good copy in unrestored original cloth. First edition, first issue, with Boz title pages and the "Fireside" plate. Bentley rushed Oliver Twist out in book form before serialization was complete, forcing Cruikshank to hurry the last few plates. Dickens disliked the final "Fireside" plate and asked Cruikshank for a new design, the "Church" plate. He also decided that he no longer wished to be styled "Boz". The first issue, as here, was published on 9 November; the second, with cancel titles, omitting the sub-title and giving Dickens's name as the author, and with the "Church" plate at the end, was issued on 16 November. Smith 4. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy]
Bookseller: Peter Harrington [United Kingdom]
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