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DICKENS, Charles.
The Posthumous Papers of The Pickwick Club.
London: Chapman and Hall,, 1837. The scarce two-volume issue 2 volumes, octavo (214 x 129 mm). Contemporary purple half calf, neatly recased and refurbished, twin green calf labels to spines, gilt to compartments, marbled sides, endpapers and edges. Etched vignette title page, frontispiece, and 41 plates by Robert Seymour and H. K. Browne. Ownership inscription of J. J. Preston, 14 January 1838, to front free endpapers; 19th-century bookplate of J. J. Jermy to front pastedowns. Spines sunned to brown, a little rubbed, plates browned, 5 cm closed tear to plate facing p. 233, chip to pp. 343/344 without loss. A very good copy. First edition, bound from the original parts, the scarcer two-volume issue, of the novel that transformed the obscure journalist into England's most famous writer in a matter of months. The novel was first published in serial form from March 1836 to November 1837. This copy has the earlier issue "Veller" on the engraved title page, and mixed plate/textual issue points. Upon the completion of the serial form of the novel, the final part included an advertisement informing the public that: "For the accommodation of subscribers who wish to bind the work in two volumes, a title page for a second volume has been printed, which may be had on application at the Publishers". Owners of the parts could thus have the book bound into two volumes each with a separate title (the first volume also having a new title page with "volume I" issued), for ease of reading and to split up the bulky book. However the clear majority of individuals binding up the parts did not … [Click Below for Full Description]
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