[WORKS] The Nonesuch Dickens edited by Arthur Waugh, Hugh Walpole, Thomas Hatton and Walter Dexter, with the original illustrations etc. (Retrospectus and Prospectus).
DICKENS Charles (1937-38.)
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25 volumes, including the original plate, a pull from the plate and an authenticating letter. 8vo. (25.4cm). Original buckram bindings of various colours, black morocco lettering pieces, top edges gilt, the 'Retrospectus' bound in blue cloth. London: The Nonesuch Press,
The plate in this set is a steel plate from Pickwick Papers (chap. 2) after Robert Seymour's "Dr. Slammer's defiance of Jingle" but is one of several plates recut by Hablot K. Browne, 'Phiz,' after Seymour's originals began to wear out. An authenticating letter from Chapman & Hall is also included. Spines with only a touch of the almost unavoidable fading, and small and neat booklabels of F.R. Furber.
The Nonesuch edition of Dickens remains one of the greatest of all collected editions in textural accuracy, design and quality of production. The text used for this edition was that of "The Charles Dickens Editions" of 1867-1875 and was printed by R. & R. Clark using a new type-face designed by Francis Meynell. The text illustrations throughout are printed from the original steel plates or wood-blocks (except in a few cases where the original wood-blocks had split and consequently those illustrations were reproduced from electro-typed facsimiles or from photographic reproductions).
The dispersal of the original plates for the entire set of novels was a desperate measure, taken in the face of the poor economic climate of the late 1930s. It was bitterly resented, even by people closely connected with the Press. David Garnett attacked the "extravagant transatlantic methods adopted to push the sale of an extremely expensive book", and referred to the dispersal of the plates as "an act of vandalism which will give a permanent cachet of vulgarity to the edition".
Stock Code: 227159