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OLIVER TWIST; Or, The Parish Boy's Progress. By "Boz".
London: Richard Bentley 1838 - First edition, first printing, first issue. Bound by Hatchards in full crushed crimson morocco, five raised bands to the spine, borders and inner dentelles in gilt. Red silk ribbon page marker to each volume. Top edge gilt. The original reddish brown publisher’s cloth bound into the rear of each volume. Half titles present in volumes I and II, as called for. Four pages of adverts to vol I, and two pages of adverts to vol III. 24 plates by George Cruikshank, including the fireside plate (which was removed on Dickens' insistence and replaced with the Church plate in all but the earliest copies). Single page list of illustrations present to volume one. The binding is in fine condition. The contents with the usual darkening or oxidisation of the plates (tissue guards inserted at the time of binding) and some spotting and finger marks to the margins of the text pages throughout. A very attractive and complete example. Unusually for Dickens' novels, Oliver Twist was first issued complete in book form rather than monthly serial parts. It did appear in "Bentley's Miscellany" magazine, but was not completed until April 1839. (Eckel 59; Smith, Walter: Dickens in the original cloth. Part one: 4) Further details and images for any of the items listed are available on request. Lucius Books welcomes direct contact with our customers. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]
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