• Fine Printed Books, Manuscript auction at Christies

    Sale 5829

    Fine Printed Books, Manuscripts, Traditional Sports

    23 November 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 203

    [DICKENS, Charles]. Great Expectations. London: Chapman and Hall, 1861. 3 volumes, 8° (198 x 118mm). 32pp. publisher's advertisements at end of vol. III, dated August 1861. (Occasional light marginal soiling and a little spotting.) Original violet cloth decorated in blind, spines gilt (extremities lightly rubbed, spine blocks slightly twisted, front endpapers of vol. I waterstained), modern solander box. Provenance: vol. III with Mudie's Library label on front cover.

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    [DICKENS, Charles]. Great Expectations. London: Chapman and Hall, 1861. 3 volumes, 8° (198 x 118mm). 32pp. publisher's advertisements at end of vol. III, dated August 1861. (Occasional light marginal soiling and a little spotting.) Original violet cloth decorated in blind, spines gilt (extremities lightly rubbed, spine blocks slightly twisted, front endpapers of vol. I waterstained), modern solander box. Provenance: vol. III with Mudie's Library label on front cover.

    FIRST EDITION IN BOOK FORM, fifth issue [described as "fifth edition"], published 30 October 1861. The previous issues had appeared on 6 July, 5 August, 17 August and 21 September respectively. Smith comments: "The first five issues were probably printed at a single impression and published with altered title-pages to imply and encourage a rapid sale". Mudie's Select Library was a major en bloc purchaser. Although it was Dickens's thirteenth novel, it was only the second to be narrated entirely in the first person, and like David Copperfield it traces the hero's life from early childhood. First published weekly in All the Year Round, 1 December 1860-August 1861, it was intended to boost the magazine's flagging sales. Eckel pp. 91-93; Gimbel A146; Sadleir 688; Smith II, 14. (3)


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