8vo, first book edition, half-title, without the engraved portrait frontispiece of the author by Maclise, presentation copy inscribed by Dickens on the title page to his friend Walter Savage Landor ("Walter Savage Landor | From his warm admirer | Charles Dickens"), subsequently inscribed by Landor to his son Charles, inscribed opposite the half-title "Charles S. Landor | from Babbo", 39 engraved plates by "Phiz" (Hablot K. Browne), plates up to p.35 apparently in the later state (without publisher's imprint), contemporary pebbled green morocco gilt, covers with fillets in gilt and blind, spine decorated with gilt bands and lettered in gilt, gilt edges and turn-ins, pale yellow endpapers, some offsetting and foxing (chiefly to plates and adjacent leaves), edges of binding slightly worn
Walter Savage Landor, presentation inscription to him by the author; his son Charles Savage, further inscription to him
Charles Savage was the father of the painter, writer and anthropologist Arnold Henry Savage Landor (1865–1924)
A fine inscribed presentation copy. The binding is probably one of the special publisher's bindings prepared for a number of Dickens' works around this period (also see previous lot, Pickwick Papers).
"In town I met a new acquaintance in a...popular, and what is much better, truly extraordinary man--the author of Nicholas Nickleby. He comes on Saturday to spend a few days with me in Bath..." (letter by Landor to G.P.R. James, postmarked 10 February 1840, quoted in note on p.23 of The Letters of Charles Dickens, volume 2 1840-41, edited by M. house and G. Storey). The presentation by Dickens to Landor of both this work and The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club (see previous lot) took place in Bath or London a few weeks later, as recorded by the editors in the same note.
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