The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club. London: Chapman and Hall, 1837
8vo (212 x 133 mm.), FIRST BOOK EDITION, engraved frontispiece (stool with six stripes and signature undivided to left of shield), vignette title page (with "Weller", signed "Phiz fect") and 41 engraved plates by Robert Seymour and Hablot K. Browne ("Nemo" and "Phiz"; corrected states, as usual for book edition, with Chapman and Hall imprints), contemporary pebbled green morocco, covers with fillets in black,spine in five compartments with raised bands and lettering in gilt, all edges gilt, pale yellow endpapers, some spotting and oxidisation to plates, upper hinge repaired, slight edge-wear to binding
This binding is possibly one of the special publisher's bindings advertised in the parts issue of Pickwick, prepared for a number of Dickens' works around this period (see copy of Pickwick, sold in these rooms, 16 December 2010, lot 114; and also copy of Nicholas Nickleby, lot 115; also lots 132, 147 and 161 in the present sale)
Henry Gillett, armorial bookplate
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