• The William E. Self Library, I auction at Christies

    Sale 2153

    The William E. Self Library, Important English and American Literature

    4 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 56

    DICKENS, Charles. The Adventures of Oliver Twist; or, The Parish Boy's Progress. London: Bradbury & Evans, 1846.

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    DICKENS, Charles. The Adventures of Oliver Twist; or, The Parish Boy's Progress. London: Bradbury & Evans, 1846.

    10 original parts, 8o (224 x145 mm). Half-title, title, contents and preface in the final part. 24 steel-engraved plates by George Cruikshank (some occasional pale browning, generally very clean and fresh). Original blue-green printed pictorial wrappers with a design by George Cruikshank, vol. one partly unopened (pale stain on upper wrapper of part one, parts one and two with a few small splits along spines, a few tiny nicks at spine ends, otherwise fine and fresh); quarter morocco folding case. Provenance: Francis Kettaneh (bookplate).

    "COMPLETE SETS OF THE TEN PARTS CAN, WITHOUT EXAGGERATION, BE DESCRIBED AS OF THE UTMOST RARITY, WHETHER IN FINE, MODERATE, OR POOR CONDITION" (Hatton & Cleaver)

    THE KETTANEH SET OF THE FIRST SEPARATE EDITION IN THE ORIGINAL MONTHLY PARTS, with all the advertisements called for in Hatton & Cleaver: the "Oliver Twist Advertiser" in parts 1 and 2 and the single advertisement leaf on yellow paper in part 10.

    As in the case of Sketches by Boz, the parts issue of Oliver Twist followed on previous publications. Oliver Twist was first published in Bentley's Magazine from February 1837 (except June 1837) to March 1839. Before the close of the serial, it came out in three volume form.

    EXCEEDINGLY RARE: according to American Book Prices Current, only five copies have appeared at auction in the last thirty years:

    1. Sotheby's New York, 25 June 1982, lot 270 (wrappers repaired and the "Advertiser" in part 2 with 2 leaves only).

    2. The Estelle Doheny set, sold Christie's New York, 21 February 1989, lot 1825 (foxed and with tears to spines).

    3. The Jacobs set, sold Sotheby's New York, 29 October 1996, lot 358 (washed and with spines repaired).

    4. The Neville L. Fakes set, sold Sotheby's London, 11 July 2002, lot 196 (repairs to the wrappers, parts 5, 8 & 9 with substituted wraps from other parts, part 10 with facsimile upper wrapper & with lower wrap substituted from 1art 18 of Dombey & Son and lacking the advertisement in part 10).

    5. The Kenyon Starling - William E. Self Family Collection set, sold Christie's New York, 2 April 2008, lot 52.

    A SUPERB SET, COMPLETE WITH THE ADVERTISEMENTS AND WITHOUT REBACKING TO THE WRAPPERS. Hatton & Cleaver, pp. 216-224; Yale/Gimbel A38.


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