1871-1880 The Works of Charles Dickens Household Edition
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First Edition, Illustrated, Publishers' Original Binding
First thus, the first 'Household Edition' of Dickens' works whereby Chapman and Hall commissioned new illustrations for the works and feature Forster's 'Life of Dickens' as the final volume. For this edition Chapman and Hall commissioned new illustrations. (Gimbel D66). This edition was intended as a library edition for the every-day household. Its serialised publication format meant that less affluent families could own the entire twenty-two volumes with the cost spread over a lengthy period of time. Collated, Lacking parts 91 and 93. With the original adverts bound in still, including a pamphlet regarding the publication of Gustave Dore's 'Dante'. Contemporaneously, an American edition of this work was published by Harper and Brothers of New York with the substitution of the illustrators for American artists. All twenty-two works are the following (in order): 1. Oliver Twist, 1871 (Illustrator: J. Mahoney) 2. Martin Chuzzlewit, 1872 (Illustrator: F. Barnard) 3. David Copperfield, 1872 (Illustrator: F. Barnard) 4. Bleak House, 1873 (Illustrator: F. Barnard) 5. Little Dorrit, 1873 (Illustrator: J. Mahoney) 6. The Pickwick Papers, 1874 (Illustrator: H. Browne) 7. Barnaby Rudge, 1874 (Illustrator: F. Barnard) 8. A Tale of Two Cities, 1874 (Illustrator: F. Barnard) 9. Our Mutual Friend, 1875 (Illustrator: J. Mahoney) 10. Nicholas Nickleby, 1875 (Illustrator: F. Barnard) 11. Great Expectations, 1876 (Illustrator: F.A. Fraser) 12. The Old Curiosity Shop, 1876 (Illustrator: C. Green) 13. Sketches by Boz, 1876 (Illustrator: F. Barnard) 14. Hard Times, 1877 (Illustrator: H. French) 15. Dombey and Son, 1877 (Illustrator: F. Barnard) 16. The Uncommercial Traveller, 1877 (Illustrator: E. G. Dalziel) 17. Christmas Books, 1878 (Illustrator: F. Barnard) 18. Child’s History of England, 1878 (Illustrator: J. McL. Ralston) 19. American Notes / Pictures from Italy, 1878 (Illustrators: A. B. Frost / Gordon Thomson) 20. The Mystery of Edwin Drood / Reprinted Pieces / Other Stories, 1879 (Illustrators: L. Fildes / E.G. Dalziel / F. Barnard) 21. Christmas Stories 1879 (Illustrator: E. G. Dalziel) 22. John Forster’s Life of Charles Dickens 1879 (Illustrator: F. Barnard). With 1 plate to parts 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 11, 13, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 22, 24, 25, 27, 30, 32, 33, 34, 36, 37, 39, 41, 42, 44, 45, 46, 48, 50, 51, 53, 54, 56, 57, 59, 60, 62, 64, 65, 67, 68, 70, 71, 73, 74, 79, 80, 81, 83, 85, 86, 88, 89, 92, 94, 95, 97, 98, 100. With 2 plates to part 77. In the original blue-green wraps. Parts 10 and 11 are lacking their front wraps. With 11 parts mostly or partly unopened, 14 parts unopened. Scarce to have so many issues of this edition together in the original wraps. An important and scarce edition of Dickens' works.
In the publisher's original wraps. Externally, sound. Minor chips to the extremities and to the spines, as is common with this work. Front wraps to parts 10 and 11 are lacking. Spotting to the front wrap. Loss to the rear wrap of part 9. Front and rear wrap to part 1, 3, 86 and 88 are detached but present, with severe loss. Front wrap to parts 2, 4, 5, 15 and 25 are detached but present. Rear wrap to parts 10, 23, 34 and 89 are detached but present. Rear wrap to part 82 is near detached but present. Splits to the rear joint of part 94. Internally, the volumes are generally firmly bound. Binding to part 3 has split. at page 160. Frontispiece to part 11 detached with several tears to margins (one affecting plate by 5mm). Three other frontispieces detached, two plates with a marginal tear, one plate detached and edge-frayed. Tear across pages 344 and 345 to part 14 with the bottom third of both pages detached but present. Tear horizontally across pages 3-16 of part 20. With the bottom third still bound in, but separate from the top two thirds of the page. Pages 17-24 of part 20 have been repaired with stitching. 11 parts mostly or partly unopened, 14 parts unopened. Pages are bright with just the odd handling marks and spots. Occasional chipping to the page edges, as is common with this work.
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