By Charles Dickens
London   Chapman and Hall
9" by 6" 613pp; 625pp; vi, 526pp; 624pp; 624pp; 311pp, 254pp; 624pp; 320pp, 309pp; 533pp
Containing several first editions in book form, this is a uniformly bound collection of Charles Dickens' most famous works, including Oliver Twist, Bleak House, and Little Dorrit.
By Charles Dickens

1844 - 1877 Sketches by Boz, Our Mutual Friend, Barnaby Rudge, The Old Curiosity Shop, Dombey and Son, Oliver Twist and A Tale of Two Cities, Little Dorrit, Martin Chuzzlewit, and Bleak House

London   Chapman and Hall
9" by 6" 613pp; 625pp; vi, 526pp; 624pp; 624pp; 311pp, 254pp; 624pp; 320pp, 309pp; 533pp
Containing several first editions in book form, this is a uniformly bound collection of Charles Dickens' most famous works, including Oliver Twist, Bleak House, and Little Dorrit.
£940.00
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First Edition, Illustrated, Leather Binding, Original Binding, Signed Binding

This nine volume uniformly bound set of Charles Dickens’ novels contain various editions and issues of his books. These editions have been dated using Smith’s bibliography of Dickens. This set contains 279 black and white engraved plates across the nine volumes. ‘Dombey and Son’ The first edition in book form, later issue, as ‘Chapman and Hall’ is on the title page, rather than ‘Bradbury and Evans’, as was on the title page for the first issue. However issue points with the first edition as follows; Cuttle’s hook is on his left hand on the title page and on the plate facing page 238; ‘delight’ is written instead of ‘joy’ on page 284, 5 lines up from the bottom; ‘aint’ instead of ‘ain’t’ on page 14, 10 lines from bottom; ‘fidgettey’ rather than ‘fidgety’ on page 26 line 11. This copy lacks the errata, presumably because it has been rebound. This dates this edition as 1848. ‘Dombey and Son’ is about Paul Dombey, the owner of a shipping company, who intends to pass down ownership of his company to his son, ignoring his daughter, Florence. The novel tells the story of their family, and their hopes and fears. This copy was illustrated by Hablot Knight Browne, or ‘Phiz’, and contains a frontispiece, an illustrated title page, and thirty-eight plates. ‘Oliver Twist’ and ‘A Tale of Two Cities’ Two volumes in one, being an early combined edition, dated from 1877. Dated from Copac. The frontispiece of ‘Oliver Twist’ is ‘Rose Maylie and Oliver’. ‘Oliver Twist’ is about the sad life of the orphaned Oliver, who travels to London and falls in with a gang of street kids led by Fagan. ‘Oliver Twist’ was illustrated by George Cruikshank and Hablot Knight Browne (‘Phiz’), and this edition has a frontispiece and twenty-four plates. ‘A Tale of Two Cities’ is a historical novel set in London and Paris before and during the French Revolution. It follows Doctor Manette, released from the Bastille to return to London. ‘A Tale of Two Cities’ was illustrated by George Cruikshank and Hablot Knight Browne (‘Phiz’), and this edition has a frontispiece, an illustrated title page, and fourteen plates. ‘Little Dorrit’ Later reprint of c1863. The errata for pages 467 to 474, to read ‘Blandois’ rather than ‘Rigaud, has already been corrected in the text. 'Little Dorrit' follows Amy Dorrit, who was born and raised in the Marshalsea debtors prison. This novel follows her through a life of poverty to riches. ‘Little Dorrit’ was illustrated by Hablot Knight Browne (‘Phiz’). This edition has a frontispiece, an illustrated title page, and thirty-eight plates. ‘Martin Chuzzlewit’ First edition, later issue, as it has ‘£100’ on the signpost to the title page rather than the ‘100£’ that was in the first issue. This dates this edition as 1844. Plate ‘Mr Pecksniff Discharges a Duty Which He Owes to Society’ in ‘Martin Chuzzlewit’ has been misbound, and is actually facing page 376, not 387. ‘Martin Chuzzlewit’ is about the eponymous Martin, who goes against his grandfather’s wishes and falls in love with an orphaned girl, intending to marry her. As a result, Martin is disinherited. ‘Martin Chuzzlewit’ is illustrated by Hablot Knight Browne (‘Phiz’), and this edition has a frontispiece, an illustrated title page, and thirty-seven plates. ‘Bleak House’ First edition later issue, with issue points of first edition. Later issue due to the quality of the 'dark plates' as referenced in Smith page 79. Other features issue points for first edition are ‘elgble’ to page 19 line 16, ‘chair’ to page 209 line 23, ‘cousinship’ to page 275 line 22, and ‘picter’ to page 529 line 32. This dates the edition as 1853. ‘Bleak House’ is narrated by Esther Summerson, describing her house of Bleak House, where she goes to live under a new guardian, Mr Jarndyce. ‘Bleak House’ was illustrated by Hablot Knight Browne (‘Phiz’), and this edition has a frontispiece, an illustrated title page, and thirty-eight plates. ‘The Old Curiosity Shop’ Later reprint of 1871, dated from Copac. ‘The Old Curiosity Shop’ is about Nell Trent and her grandfather, who both live in The Old Curiosity Shop in London. Nell is a beautiful young orphan, as her parents died in poverty, and this book follows her and her protective friend Kit. ‘The Old Curiosity Shop’ was illustrated by Hablot Knight Browne (‘Phiz’), George Cattermole, and Daniel Maclise. This edition has seven plates and many in-text illustrations throughout. ‘Barnaby Rudge’ Later reprint of 1871, dated from Copac. ‘Barnaby Rudge’ is a historical novel, set mostly during the Gordon Riots of 1780, and follows the life of Barnaby Rudge, a simple man with a loving mother, in amongst the chaos of the anti-Catholic protests. ‘Barnaby Rudge’ is illustrated by Hablot Knight Browne (‘Phiz’) and George Cattermole. This edition has seven plates, and many in-text illustrations throughout. ‘Our Mutual Friend’ First edition in book form, this copy being bound from two volumes. There are puncture marks close to the binding, evidence of being rebound from two volumes, as well as being a split pagination. First edition issue points are ‘pricipal’ rather than ‘principal’ to page 115 line 38 of the second volume. Having been rebound, this copy is lacking the title page and half-title page for the second volume, having only the illustrated title page, and frontispiece for the second volume. This dates this copy is 1865. Some plates in ‘Our Mutual Friend’ are misbound; plate facing page 30 is actually facing page 29, plate facing 78 is actually facing page 77, plate facing page 186 is actually facing page 185, and plate facing page 298 is actually facing page 297. ‘Our Mutual Friend’ starts with a body being found in a river outside London, the body being a young man, John Harmon, who had come to London to receive a large fortune from his deceased father. After his death, the money goes to two naive servants, Mr and Mrs Boffin. We follow the Boffins as a number of shifty characters interested in their new windfall of money come into play. ‘Our Mutual Friend’ was illustrated by Marcus Stone. This edition has a frontispiece, an illustrated title page, and nineteen plates to the first volume, and a frontispiece and nineteen plates to the second volume. ‘Sketches by Boz’ Dated 1874. ‘Sketches by Boz’ is a collection of short stories and scenes concerning London life, which were originally published in various newspapers and periodicals. They offer an amusing look at 19th century life in London. ‘Sketches by Boz’ was illustrated by George Cruikshank. This edition has a frontispiece, an illustrated title page, and thirty-eight plates. Prior owners ink inscription to the recto of the front free endpaper, ‘ Hugh Gladstone Burgess, Westbury Lodge, …. Road … 5th June 1904, “Dad’s Love”’ of ‘Bleak House’, ‘Martin Chuzzlewit’, ‘Little Dorrit’, ‘Dombey and Son’, ’Our Mutual Friend’, ‘Oliver Twist & A Tale of Two Cities’, ’Barnaby Rudge’, and ‘Old Curiosity Shop’. Each volume has a bookseller label to the front pastedown, ‘Henry March Gilbert, “Ye Olde Boke Shoppe” Southampton’. Collated, complete.

Condition

In the original half calf binding with marbled paper to the board. Externally, smart. Light rubbing to the marbled paper boards, causing a little discolouration. A little bumping to the front board of ‘Little Dorrit’. Minor rubbing to the head and tail of the spines, raised bands, joints and extremities. Marking has caused some light discoloration to the leather to the joint of the front board of ‘Martin Chuzzlewit’. Fading has caused some minor discoloration to the leather to the joints of ‘Dombey and Son’. Rubbing has caused slight loss to the marbled paper front board of ‘Martin Chuzzlewit’, with a minor mark to the rear board. Rubbing has caused a little loss to the title to the spine of ‘Sketches by Boz’. Minor mark to the leather to the joint of the front board of ‘Old Curiosity Shop’. Light mark to the tail of the rear board to the leather to the joint of ‘Bleak House’ and ‘Old Curiosity Shop’. Light mark to the tail of the boards to the leather to the joint of ‘Our Mutual Friend’ and ’Barnaby Rudge’. Split to the rear board of ’Barnaby Rudge’, however the board remains firm. Prior owners ink inscription to the recto of the front free endpaper, ‘ Hugh Gladstone Burgess, Westbury Lodge, …. Road … 5th June 1904, “Dad’s Love”’ of ‘Bleak House’, ‘Martin Chuzzlewit’, ‘Little Dorrit’, ‘Dombey and Son’, ’Our Mutual Friend’, ‘Oliver Twist & A Tale of Two Cities’, ’Barnaby Rudge’, and ‘Old Curiosity Shop’. Minor spotting to the fore edges. ‘Sketches by Boz’ has evidence of lacking the front free endpaper. ‘Our Mutual Friend’ is lacking the secondary title page and half-title page to the second volume, having only the illustrated title page. Front hinges of ‘Martin Chuzzlewit’ and ‘Our Mutual Friend’ are starting but remain firm. Rear hinge of ‘Old Curiosity Shop’ is starting but firm. Each volume has a bookseller label to the front pastedown, ‘Henry March Gilbert, “Ye Olde Boke Shoppe” Southampton’. Internally, ‘Bleak House’, ‘Martin Chuzzlewit’, ‘Little Dorrit’, ‘Our Mutual Friend’, ‘Dombey and Son’, ‘Oliver Twist & A Tale of Two Cities’, and ’Barnaby Rudge’ are firmly bound, with ‘Sketches by Boz’ being slightly strained in places. Pages are bright and generally clean with just the odd scattered spot and handling mark throughout all volumes, mostly to the first and last few pages, often due to the spotting to the fore edge, and to the plates, due to different paper type. Pages 295 to 298 of ‘Sketches by Boz’ are lifting, but remain firm. Pages 231 to 234 of ‘Martin Chuzzlewit’ are loose but present. Pages 311 to 314 of ‘Little Dorrit’ are loose but present. Minor fold to the fore edge of page 32 of ‘Old Curiosity Shop’, resulting in a light mark to some prior pages. Light age-toning to the edges of pages of ‘Sketches by Boz’ and ‘Dombey and Son’. Minor offsetting to pages facing plates of ‘Sketches by Boz’, ‘Martin Chuzzlewit’, ‘Little Dorrit’, ‘Our Mutual Friend’, ‘Dombey and Son’, and ‘Oliver Twist & A Tale of Two Cities’. Minor offsetting to the reverses of plates of ‘Bleak House’, ‘Sketches by Boz’, ‘Martin Chuzzlewit’, ‘Little Dorrit’, ‘Our Mutual Friend’, ‘Dombey and Son’, and ‘Oliver Twist & A Tale of Two Cities’. Very light offsetting to the top of pages 282 and 283 of ‘Dombey and Son’, due to the ribbon marker. Light mark to page 77, offsetting to pages 75 - 79 of ‘Bleak House’. Light tidemarks to the bottom of plates of ‘Bleak House’. Very small tidemark to the tail of the frontispiece and illustrated title page of ‘Dombey and Son’, as well as to the bottom of the plates facing pages 267, 469, 539, and 565. Plates of ‘Little Dorrit’ have minor marks, though not affecting the images. Minor tidemark to the bottom of the frontispiece and illustrated title page of ‘Martin Chuzzlewit’. Slight tidemark to plate facing page 599 of ‘Martin Chuzzlewit’, and to the plate facing page 623. Small handling mark to pages 98 and 100 of ‘Sketches by Boz’, with a small mark to page 101, offsetting to pages 102 and 103. Very small handling mark to the fore edge of page 251 of ’Barnaby Rudge’. Light mark to the head of page 419 and plate facing, lightly offsetting to the head of page 420 of ‘Martin Chuzzlewit’. Minor handling mark to the edge of page 553 of ‘Martin Chuzzlewit’. Light mark to page 561 of ‘Martin Chuzzlewit’. Light handling mark to the bottom of page 82 of ‘Our Mutual Friend’. Small handling mark to the fore edge of pages 174 and 175 of ‘Little Dorrit’. Small mark to the head of page 473/474 of ‘Little Dorrit’. Ribbon marker intact to ‘Bleak House’, ‘Our Mutual Friend’, and ‘Dombey and Son’. Ribbon marker is detached but present to ‘Martin Chuzzlewit’, ’Barnaby Rudge’, and ‘Old Curiosity Shop’. ‘Sketches by Boz’, ‘Little Dorrit’, and ‘Oliver Twist & A Tale of Two Cities’ are lacking their ribbon marker. Some pages cut shorter to the tail, however not affecting text ‘Bleak House’. Closed tear to the head of page 261/262 of ‘Bleak House’. Closed tear to the fore edge of plate facing page 314 ‘Sketches by Boz’. Closed tear to the fore edge of page 561/562 of ‘Martin Chuzzlewit’. Plate ‘Mr Pecksniff Discharges a Duty Which He Owes to Society’ in ‘Martin Chuzzlewit’ has been misbound, and is actually facing page 376, not 387. Prior owner’s pencil inscription to the bottom of page 624 of ‘Martin Chuzzlewit’. Some plates in ‘Our Mutual Friend’ are misbound; plate facing page 30 is actually facing page 29, plate facing 78 is actually facing page 77, plate facing page 186 is actually facing page 185, and plate facing page 298 is actually facing page 297. Puncture marks close to the binding of ‘Our Mutual Friend’, as evidence of being rebound from two seperate parts.

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