The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club. London: Chapman and Hall, 1837
8vo (212 x 132mm.), 2 volumes, FIRST EDITION IN BOOK FORM, later issue with 4 of 7 Smith's priority points, p.341 'indelicate' and 'inscription, p.342 'Veller', p.400 'this friends', p.432 headline imperfect, half-title, printed titles, 2pp. Address by the Author, 4pp. Preface, 4pp. Contents, 2pp. Directions to the Binder/Errata, engraved frontitpsiece, pictorial title-page and 41 plates by R.Seymour and H.K. Browne ["Phiz"], pale yellow endpapers, contemporary calf, spines elaborately gilt, red labels, some browning throughout, a few ink marks, neatly recased, slightly scuffed, boards slightly restored
Mixed issues: frontispiece and pictorial title first plate; plates 1-4 first state second plate; plates 5-7, 12-13, 16-23, 28-30, 32-36, 38-39 first plate; plates 10-11 first plate, second state; plates 14-15, 24-25, 31, 37 second plate; plates 26-27 first plate second state; plates 40-41 third plate.
Eckel pp. 17-78; Hatton and Cleaver pp.1-88; Smith I:3
Condition is described in the main body of the cataloguing, where appropriate.
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