1932 The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club
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Colour Plates, Fine Binding, Illustrated, Leather Binding, Rebound
With an introduction by John Harrison Stonehouse. The 'Lombard Street Edition' is a reprint of the original edition of the 'Pickwick Papers' in facsimile, including plates that have been reproduced from 'the rare first states'. This edition was originally issued in twenty 'fortnightly parts', bound in individual illustrative bluish-green paper wrappers. These original bindings have been preserved in this rebound copy, and have been bound to the rear of both volumes. Each 'part' also contains 'The Pickwick Advertiser', containing 'modern' advertisements (contemporary to this edition) inserted in the same style as the original advertisements in the first edition of Dickens's work. This copy also contains a 'Charles Dickens bookplate' enclosed in an envelope and inserted between page 496 and 497, volume I. Collated, complete with forty-three illustrations by R. Seymour, R. W. Buss and Phiz and facsimiles of the original manuscript. The facsimile of 'The First Announcement of Pickwick' and of 'Dickens's Letter on the Origin of Pickwick' have been rebound facing page vii, volume I. This is a grangerised copy, with twenty eight additional plates to volume I (four of which are in colour) and twenty nine additional plates to volume II.
Rebound, in a signed Bayntun half crushed morocco binding, with cloth covered boards. Externally, excellent with minor shelfwear to extremities. Slight rubbing to joints and fading to spine. Head of joints to volume I partially split, with leather partially lifting. Slight offsetting to extremities of endpapers. Internally firmly bound. Pages slightly age toned to extremities but very bright and clean throughout, with only the very occasional small spot to the odd page. Small tidemark to lower fore edge of plates facing page xii and 362 volume I, and plates facing page 56, 280, 124, 344, and 454 volume II, not affecting images. Binders stamp to upper extremity of verso of front free-endpaper.
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