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The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club.

DICKENS Charles (1847.)

£3000.00 

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With "Address" to the reader. First 'cheap' edition, in 8 monthly parts. 8vo. Original blue printed wrappers. London, Chapman & Hall.

A remarkable set of a fascinating edition, illuminating the commercial world of mid nineteenth century publishing, in more or less fine condition, unrestored but for the lower fore-edge corner up the upper wrapper of the first part, with the same contemporary ownership inscription on the upper wrapper of each part. The parts carry less advertising than the original edition, a "Pickwick Advertiser in II, III, V, VI & VIII, and inserts at the end of I, II, III and VIII. Eccentrically, the last of these monthly issues also contains (presumably with an eye to binding up) the title page, preliminary leaves and a longer introduction to Pickwick, as well as the first part of the weekly issue of Nicholas Nickleby, though without a title page and unmentioned on the wrapper.

This cheap edition (in a slightly smaller page size and printed without the original plates, though a volume of six plates could be purchased to accompany a set) was available in both weekly and monthly parts, the first volume with a brief but splendid Address by Dickens in which he talks of the "re-production in a shape which shall render them easily accessible as a possession by all classes of society." Podeschi D5. In a cloth fall-down case.

Stock Code: 130384