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DICKENS, Charles.
The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby... with illustrations by Phiz.
London: [Bradbury and Evans for] Chapman and Hall, 1839. 8vo (202 × 120 mm), pp. [iii]-xvi, 624 (bound without half-title), complete with portrait by Finden after Maclise, 39 plates by Phiz, plus 65 additional contemporary plates by Onwhyn, Peter Palette and Kenny Meadows. Full green morocco, gilt by Root, c. 1900. A notably clean and handsome copy. First edition, bound from the monthly parts, complete with the Maclise portrait and 39 plates and copiously extra-illustrated with several sets of the contemporary plates issued by other contemporary publishers to accompany the book as it appeared in parts. Dickens was inspired by the contemporary scandal of Yorkshire schools in which unwanted orphans were placed under the tutelage of psychopathic schoolmasters like his immortal one-eyed Wackford Squeers of Dotheboys Hall in appalling conditions. Hatton & Cleaver, pp. 131-160; cf. Smith, I, 5. Order directly from our website for free shipping worldwide.
Bookseller: Justin Croft [United Kingdom]

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