5 December 2008,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 11,250
Estimate USD 8,000 - USD 12,000
DICKENS, Charles (1812-1870). The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club. London: Chapman and Hall, 1837.
3 volumes, 8o (210 x 125 mm). Frontispiece, vignette-title and 41 plates by R. Seymour, R.W. Buss, and Hablot K. Browne ["Phiz"]; extra-illustrated with 29 duplicate plates by the same artists in different states and issues; the 2 suppressed plates by Buss; 72 water-color plates of Pickwickian characters by Joseph Clayton Clarke ["Kyd"]; 32 contemporary plates by Thomas Onwhyn; title-page and 12 hand-colored plates by Onwhyn first published in 1894; and a portrait of Dickens. A FINE BINDING IN THE COSWAY STYLE of green beveled morocco, a fine miniature of the young Dickens painted on vellum under glass, surrounded by a fine brass rim and decorative border of small gilt and blind-stamped tools inset into the front tan morocco doublure of volume one; covers decorated with border of triple gilt fillet, front covers with a central red morocco inlay gilt-stamped with Dickens's crest of lion couchant, spine in six compartments with five raised bands, gilt-lettered in three, the others decorated in gilt with small floral and volute tools, green morocco turn-ins decorated with gilt borders, five cinnamon silk moiré doublures each gilt-stamped with a facsimile of Dickens's signature, cinnamon silk moiré free endleaves, top edges gilt, others uncut by SANGORSKI AND SUTCLIFFE; quarter green morocco gilt solander case to style. Provenance: Early 20th-century penciled bibliographical notes at front of volume one and annotations to plate margins.
FIRST EDITION, bound from the original parts with one original blue printed front wrapper bound in at the beginning of volume two. Mixed issue with text largely corrected, signature "E" on page 25, and page 261 paginated x2. Grolier English 78; Hatton & Cleaver, pp. 3-88. (3)
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