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DICKENS, Charles (Charles John Huffam), 1812-1870 : THE POSTHUMOUS PAPERS OF THE PICKWICK CLUB.

DICKENS, Charles (Charles John Huffam), 1812-1870 : THE POSTHUMOUS PAPERS OF THE PICKWICK CLUB.

London : Piccadilly Fountain Press, [1931]-1932. The Lombard Street edition : limited to 1,000 sets, originally issued, like the original edition, in monthly parts. A handsome production, including facsimiles of all the original plates by Robert Seymour, Robert W. Buss and “Phiz” (Hablot Knight Browne) in their rare first states, facsimiles of the original wrappers in first state, facsimiles of the original manuscript, the original prospectus, etc. Edited by John Harrison Stonehouse, who also provides an illuminating introduction on the origins and original publishing history of the work.
Two volumes. Demy 8vo (223 x 140mm). (xxxii),496,[iv]; (x),492,[ii]pp. Plates. Facsimiles. Wrappers. Advertisements. Bound in an attractive contemporary half tan morocco, banded and gilt, by Bumpus; top edges gilt; marbled sides and endpapers; just lightly sunned, but a very good set of this important edition.

£200

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[DICKENS, Charles (Charles John Huffam), 1812-1870] : OLIVER TWIST : OR, THE PARISH BOY’S PROGRESS. BY “BOZ”.

[DICKENS, Charles (Charles John Huffam), 1812-1870] : OLIVER TWIST : OR, THE PARISH BOY’S PROGRESS. BY “BOZ”.

London : Richard Bentley, 1838. First edition : the first issue, with the pseudonymous ‘Boz’ title-pages and Cruikshank’s cheerful final ‘Fireside’ plate – both of which infuriated Dickens and were replaced within a week of publication by title-pages giving his name and a far more sombre ‘Church’ plate to conclude the story. Subsequent alterations were also made to the third last plate (likewise unseen by Dickens prior to publication) and Sikes’ dog is made to look less like the ‘tailless baboon’ that Dickens (quite rightly) judged it – and as it appears here. The evidence is strong that only the 528 sets already subscribed for by the trade were issued in this earliest form (Tillotson, The Library, 1963, p.121) and that all subsequent copies had the revised titles and the substituted and altered plates. The present copy has also had the later substitute ‘Church’ plate bound in, as well as alternative impressions of eight further plates, and (somewhat inexplicably) a duplicate of the text leaves F1 and F8 in vol.iii.
Three volumes. Demy 12mo. [iv],(332); [iv],(308); [ii],(316)pp. Thirty-three etched plates (including the additional plates) by George Cruikshank (1792-1878). Bound, with the two half-titles called for, but without the three advertisement leaves, in a neat contemporary half green roan, banded and richly gilt; marbled sides and matching endpapers; top edges gilt; some very light wear and scuffing; some intermittent internal marking and slight soiling, with occasional spots, chips, creases, short tears and small flaws, but overall an attractive set of one of the more difficult Dickens titles. Pencilled ownership inscriptions of A. W. Bowman in two volumes. Smith 4.

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DICKENS, Charles (Charles John Huffam), 1812-1870 : THE LIFE AND ADVENTURES OF NICHOLAS NICKLEBY.

DICKENS, Charles (Charles John Huffam), 1812-1870 : THE LIFE AND ADVENTURES OF NICHOLAS NICKLEBY.

London : Chapman & Hall, 1839. First edition : bound from the original monthly parts published between April 1838 and October 1839. This copy with the early misprint "latter" for "letter" (p.160).
Demy 8vo (210 x 130mm). xvi,624pp. Portrait frontispiece after Daniel Maclise and thirty-nine etched plates by “Phiz” (Hablot Knight Browne) - here at the height of his powers. Bound, without half-title, in an attractive contemporary binding - almost certainly Irish - of half red polished calf, banded and richly gilt with small tools - star-shaped flowers, shamrocks, etc.; all edges gilt; pink silk-cloth sides; holly green label; some minor rubbing, but firm and sound; some browning, spotting and offsetting to plates; a few marginal chips and mild creases; one leaf with short tear, but overall a very good copy. With the contemporary ownership inscription of James Boswell (1807?-1882) of Clonskeagh, a prosperous Dublin builder.

£500

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DICKENS, Charles (Charles John Huffam), 1812-1870 : MASTER HUMPHREY'S CLOCK.

DICKENS, Charles (Charles John Huffam), 1812-1870 : MASTER HUMPHREY'S CLOCK.

London : Chapman & Hall, 1840-1841. First edition, in book form, bound from the original parts, of both "The Old Curiosity Shop" and "Barnaby Rudge" - "Master Humphrey" was never reprinted, and even unsold copies were cannibalised (within weeks of issue) to make separate books of the two titles we know today. "I am conscious that my pen winces a little even while I write these words. But it was done, and wisely done; and 'Master Humphrey's Clock', as originally constructed, became one of the lost books of the earth, - which, we all know, are far more precious than any that can be read for love or money" (Charles Dickens, in 1848). A specimen wrapper from both the weekly and monthly issue of the parts is preserved at the rear of each volume.
Three volumes, bound in two. Royal 8vo (252 x 164mm). [2],iv,306; vi,306; vi,426pp. Frontispieces and illustrations by George Cattermole, Hablot Knight Browne (“Phiz”), etc. Bound in an elegant mid-Victorian half tan polished calf, banded and gilt; marbled sides and edges; very faintly rubbed; a few very minor signs of age and use; rear hinge of the thicker volume with neat internal reinforcement; a very good, crisp and handsome set.

£750

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DICKENS, Charles (Charles John Huffam), 1812-1870 – editor : THE PIC NIC PAPERS. BY VARIOUS HANDS.

DICKENS, Charles (Charles John Huffam), 1812-1870 – editor : THE PIC NIC PAPERS. BY VARIOUS HANDS.

London : Henry Colburn, 1841. First edition. A lively collection of stories and occasional pieces assembled by Dickens as a way of financially assisting the widow and children of his first publisher, John Macrone, who had died at the age of just twenty-eight. Dickens wrote the preface and the first story, “The Lamplighter”, and there are further contributions from William Harrison Ainsworth, Allan Cunningham, W. H. Maxwell, Thomas Moore, Leitch Ritchie, Horace Smith, Agnes Strickland, and others who preferred to remain anonymous.
Three volumes. Post 8vo (192 x 115mm). (viii),(324); [iv],298; [ii],378pp. Fourteen etched and lithographic plates by George Cruikshank, Phiz, and R. J. Hamerton. Bound, without the advertisement leaves sometimes found, in a neat contemporary half calf; banded and ruled in gilt; contrasting orange and black labels; marbled sides; sprinkled edges; a little rubbed and lightly worn; some browning to plates; a few slight marks; bookplates neatly removed, but still an attractive set.

£400

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DICKENS, Charles (Charles John Huffam), 1812-1870 : DOMBEY & SON.

DICKENS, Charles (Charles John Huffam), 1812-1870 : DOMBEY & SON.

London : Bradbury & Evans, 1848. First edition : bound from the original monthly parts published between October 1846 and April 1848.
Demy 8vo (215 x 134mm). xvi,624pp. Etched frontispiece, extra-title and thirty-eight plates by Hablot Knight Browne (“Phiz”). Bound up, with the half-title but without the errata leaf, in a pleasant contemporary half plum calf, banded and gilt on broad bands; some minor rubbing and slight scuffing; some browning, spotting and mild discolouration to some plates, but the text clean and crisp and overall a very good and sound copy.

£400

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DICKENS, Charles (Charles John Huffam), 1812-1870 : DOMBEY AND SON.

DICKENS, Charles (Charles John Huffam), 1812-1870 : DOMBEY AND SON.

London : Bradbury & Evans, 1848. First edition : bound from the original monthly parts published between October 1846 and April 1848. This copy has the "capatin" misprint (p.324) - sometimes regarded (on no known evidence) as a point of earliest issue.
Demy 8vo (23cm). (v)-xvi,[ii],624pp - the half-title discarded and the errata leaf bound after the other prelims. Etched frontispiece, extra-title and thirty-eight plates by Hablot Knight Browne (“Phiz”). Original publishers' green cloth - the more elaborate variant, blocked in blind and lettered in gilt; a little worn and lightly bruised; a touch sunned; front endpaper cracking; some spotting and mild browning, mainly to plates; a few minor marks and small flaws, but a good and attractive copy in the original cloth. With the armorial bookplate of Arthur Stephen Moriarty (1858?-1900), born in France, a graduate of Balliol, and later a judge in the Indian Civil Service. Smith 8.

£750

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DICKENS, Charles (Charles John Huffam), 1812-1870 : THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD.

DICKENS, Charles (Charles John Huffam), 1812-1870 : THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD.

London : Bradbury & Evans, 1850. First edition, in book form, bound from the original monthly parts published between May 1849 and November 1850. "Of all my books I like this the best. It will be easily believed that I am a fond parent to every child of my fancy ... but, like many fond parents, I have in my heart of hearts a favourite child, and his name is David Copperfield".
Demy 8vo (210 x 130mm). (xvi),624pp. Frontispiece, extra engraved title and thirty-eight etched plates by H. K. Browne (“Phiz”). Bound up, without half-title, in a smart contemporary half burgundy calf, now skilfully restored, rebacked and refurbished, retaining the original materials; banded and gilt; marbled sides, endpapers and edges; internally a few slight nicks, tears and creases; some spotting to plates, with a few with slightly heavier discolouration, but overall still a very good and attractive copy.

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DICKENS, Charles (Charles John Huffam), 1812-1870 : CHRISTMAS BOOKS.

DICKENS, Charles (Charles John Huffam), 1812-1870 : CHRISTMAS BOOKS.

London : Chapman & Hall, 1852. First collected edition of all five of the original Dickens Christmas books - "A Christmas Carol" (1843), "The Chimes" (1844), "The Cricket on the Hearth" (1845), "The Battle of Life" (1846) and "The Haunted Man" (1848). Dickens provided a special preface to this edition: "My purpose was, in a whimsical kind of masque which the good humour of the season justified, to awaken some loving and forbearing thoughts, never out of season in a Christian land".
Crown 8vo (20cm). Frontispiece by John Leech. [iv],266pp. Original decorative olive cloth blocked in gilt and blind; just a hint of wear at tips; spine a shade tanned; some spotting to prelims; a few slight creases, but overall a very good copy.

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DICKENS, Charles (Charles John Huffam), 1812-1870 : HUNTED DOWN : A STORY. WITH SOME ACCOUNT OF THOMAS  GRIFFITHS WAINEWRIGHT, THE POISONER.

DICKENS, Charles (Charles John Huffam), 1812-1870 : HUNTED DOWN : A STORY. WITH SOME ACCOUNT OF THOMAS GRIFFITHS WAINEWRIGHT, THE POISONER.

London : John Camden Hotten, [1870]. First separate edition. Originally written for a thousand guineas for the American publisher Robert Bonner, the story first appeared in the "New York Ledger" in 1859. Ellery Queen regarded it as a most important contribution to the detective short story and listed it in his "Quorum" of the most influential titles of the genre. The present edition prefaces the story with an account (compiled by Hotten) of Thomas Griffiths Wainewright (1794-1847), on whose life the story is based.
Foolscap 8vo (162 x 100mm). [ii],(90) + [16]pp advertisements dated 1871. Near contemporary full olive sealskin, banded and gilt; inner gilt dentelles; top edge gilt; original front wrapper preserved; just faintly sunned; a few minor internal marks and spots, but a very good copy. With the armorial bookplate of Oswald Fitch (1853-1915), well-to-do master printer of North London.

£400

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DICKENS, Charles (Charles John Huffam), 1812-1870 : EMLYN WILLIAMS : READINGS FROM DICKENS.

DICKENS, Charles (Charles John Huffam), 1812-1870 : EMLYN WILLIAMS : READINGS FROM DICKENS.

London : Folio Society, (1953). First edition. Lightly adapted excerpts from Dickens prepared for the memorable stage readings given by the great Emlyn Williams (1905-1987). With an interesting introduction by Bernard Darwin (1876-1961).
Demy 8vo (23cm). [xx],164pp. Endpapers and portait frontispiece by Barnett Freedman (1901-1958). Portraits. Original pictorial cloth gilt; top edge red; faint tanning to endpapers, but otherwise a very good copy in the Barnett Freedman dust jacket – just faintly sunned, with minor wear at extremities and a couple of very short tears, but also very good.

£25

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PROCTOR, Richard A. (Richard Anthony), 1837-1888 : WATCHED BY THE DEAD : A LOVING STUDY OF DICKENS' HALF-TOLD TALE.

PROCTOR, Richard A. (Richard Anthony), 1837-1888 : WATCHED BY THE DEAD : A LOVING STUDY OF DICKENS' HALF-TOLD TALE.

London : W. H. Allen & Co., 1887. First edition. An interesting study and possible solution to 'The Mystery of Edwin Drood', supplied by the prolific writer on astronomy, mathematics, etc.
Crown 8vo (19cm). viii,166,[ii] + (48)pp advertisements dated December 1887. Extra engraved title-page. Original decorative cloth gilt; spine slightly tanned; slight wear to tips; endpapers cracking; a little shaken and slack, but a clean and serviceable copy. With the ex-libris label of the well known doctor-cum-actor, Eric John Llewellyn Jones-Evans (1898-1989), and the earlier dated February 1888 ownership inscription of A. M. Heathcote of Winchester - Arthur Malcolm Heathcote (1847-1934), publisher, author of verse plays for children, reciter, entertainer, etc. Loosely inserted is a stamped and receipted 1935 invoice from the booksellers H. M. Gilbert & Son of Southampton to Dr. Jones-Evans.

£50

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