The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club. London: Chapman and Hall, April 17 - September 30 1847
8vo (190 x 127mm.), cheap edition in 8 original parts, Part 1 10pp, advertisments; Part 2 16pp. Pickwick Advertiser 2, 4pp. advertisements; Part 3 8pp. Pickwick Advertiser 3, with loose slip announcing earlier publication Part 3; part 5 8pp, Pickwick Advertiser 5, yellow paper slip inserted advertising publication of 'Six Illustrations to bind with the Cheap Edition'; part 6 4pp. Pickwick Advertiser 6; part 8 6pp. Pickwick Advertiser 8, 4pp. advertisements, yellow slip for the Cheap Edition Illustrations loosely inserted, 16pp signature from 'Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby', half title, wood-engraved frontispiece by J. Thompson after C.R. Leslie, title-page, dedication leaf, 6pp. preface, and 4pp. contents, original blue-green printed wrappers, foliate border on upper covers, advertisements on wrappers, collector's cloth chemise and slipcase, slightly soiled or browned, wrappers discoloured, backstrips with loss at head and foot, those for part 1 and 8 cracked with covers almost detached, corners creased, contemporary ownership inscriptions or embossed stamp on upper cover of four parts
Cheap Editions of all the major works by Charles Dickens were published by Chapman and Hall and by their very nature are uncommon. This edition of Pickwick is important textually in that Dickens made revisions to the text and penned a new preface.
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