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The Nonesuch Dickens. Published under the editorial direction of Arthur Waugh, Hugh Walpole, Walter Dexter and Thomas Hatton; [with] Nonesuch Dickensiana.
London: The Nonesuch Press, 1937–9. - 25 volumes, large octavo. Original buckram in various colours, black morocco label to each spine, top edges rough gilt, others untrimmed; Nonesuch Dickensiana in original blue cloth, titles to spine and front board gilt, top edge trimmed, others untrimmed. Spines of 15 volumes slightly sunned, spines of 3 volumes a bit toned, occasional light foxing to endpapers, a few minor nicks to fore edges of text blocks. Minor mottling to boards of The Old Curiosity Shop and Reprinted Pieces; front inner hinge of Martin Chuzzlewit partially cracked; a few small light stains to plate mount; light foxing and browning to front endpaper of Nonesuch Dickensiana. Otherwise an excellent set with bright and fresh labels. Illustrated after the original plates. The 24th volume contains an original engraving from David Copperfield by Phiz. First Nonesuch edition, one of only 877 sets. This peculiar limitation is due to the inclusion with each set of one of the original plates used in Chapman and Hall's first printings of each title. Since they held in their archive 877 such plates - the majority steel but with a number of wood blocks - the limitation was enforced. This set includes the steel plate of "Mr. Dick Fulfils my Aunt's Predictions", an illustration from David Copperfield by Phiz (Hablot K. Browne). Also included is the volume Nonesuch Dickensiana, with an essay by Waugh concerning Dickens and his illustrators, a bibliographical list complied by Hatton of the illustrations to the works by Dickens, a retrospect of previous editions of Dickens' works, and, finally, a prospectus for the Nonesuch Dickens.
      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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