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Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby
1839. First Edition . DICKENS, Charles. The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby. London: Chapman and Hall, 1839. Octavo, early 20th-century full dark blue morocco, elaborately gilt-decorated spine and covers, raised bands, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Housed in a custom cloth slipcase. $2600.First edition in book form, bound from early parts, of one of Dickens’ most popular novels, illustrated with 39 etchings by Hablot Knight Browne (“Phiz”) and the steel-engraved frontispiece portrait after the painting by David Maclise, extra-illustrated with 35 engraved plates depicting scenes and characters from the text and handsomely bound by Bayntun (Riviere) in full morocco-gilt with a gilt portrait of Dickens on the front board.The plot, the characters, the dialogue, everything about the book ""has the feel of theatre; it is as if Dickens saw human life conducted among lights of the stage, making it somehow larger and brighter than the reality"" (Ackroyd, 283). This copy is bound from a mix of early and later parts, with ""visiter"" corrected to ""sister"" on page 123 (a later state) and ""latter"" on page 160 (an earlier state). First state of the engraved frontispiece portrait of Dickens (with Chapman & Hall imprint at bottom) and first states of plates one, two, and three (with Chapman & Hall imprint at bottom). Originally issued in 20 parts from April 1838 to October 1839. Extra-illustrated with 35 engraved plates from an early edition of Nicholas Nickleby printed by Grattan & Gilbert. Bound with half title. Eckel, 64-66. Smith I:5. Gimbel A41. A few expert marginal paper repairs, occasional faint foxing and soiling to plates and text, spine toned to tan. A near-fine copy, handsomely bound.
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