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The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit. With Illustrations by Phiz
Chapman and Hall, London, 1844,, 1844. FIRST EDITION. 8vo., pp. (xv) + 624. Illustrated throughout with 38 original plates by Phiz, plus frontispiece, plus engraved title-page. Bound in original publisher's blue straight grain embossed cloth, expertly rebacked. Minor edgewear and bumping. Internally clean, glazed endpapers, with some foxing to the plates as usual, but to a lesser degree than most copies we've seen. £100 sign on title page in later configuration. London 1844 printed in gilt at base of spine and with a 14 line errata present. A handsome copy. Charles Dickens' Martin Chuzzlewit' is considered the last of his picaresque novels, and was written and serialized in 1843-1844; initial sales of the monthly parts were disappointing, compared to the authors' previous works, so Dickens changed the plot to send the title character to America. This allowed him to portray America, which he had recently visited, as a near wilderness, whose pockets of civilization were filled with deceptive and self-promoting hucksters. The main theme of the novel is selfishness, which is portrayed in a satirical fashion using all the members of the Chuzzlewit family. The novel is also notable for one of Dickens' great villains, Seth Pecksniff, whose rise and fall follows the arc of the novel's plot. Book Collector No.271, 'The Great Illustrators'.
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