The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, London: Chapman and Hall, 1837
8vo (223 x 137mm.), FIRST EDITION IN BOOK FORM, later issue, half-title, printed title-page, 2pp. address by the author, 4pp. preface, 4pp. contents, 2pp. Directions to the Binder/Errata, engraved frontispiece, pictorial title-page and 41 plates by R. Seymour and H.K. Browne ["Phiz"], plates all later issues with publisher's imprint, caption and signature, later issue text throughout, ORIGINAL PURPLISH-BLACK FINE DIAPER CLOTH, covers stamped in blind with linear border enclosing central triple-line panel, spine lettered in gilt, with 5 linear rectangular panels, uncut, pale yellow endpapers, collector's cloth chemise and morocco-backed slipcase, lettered in gilt, plates browned and offset, upper hinge rather cracked, covers and spine slightly faded, corners and spine slightly bumped
First book edition of The Pickwick Papers in the original publisher's binding.
Smith I:3; Eckel pp. 17-78; Hatton and Cleaver pp.1-88
Roucase-Blanc, booklabel; Richard Manney, book-label, the sale of his library at Sotheby's New York, 11 October 1991, lot 80
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