• 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 58

    DICKENS, Charles. The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby. London: Chapman and Hall, April 1838-October 1839.

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    DICKENS, Charles. The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby. London: Chapman and Hall, April 1838-October 1839.

    20 parts in 19, 8o (226 x 140 mm). Half-title. Engraved portrait frontispiece of the author by Maclise and 39 engraved plates by Hablot K. Browne ["Phiz"]. (Some occasional spotting, N6 in part 6 with repaired tear at upper right corner.) Original blue-green pictorial printed wrappers, uncut, some leaves unopened (most rebacked, a few repairs, front wrapper of part 19 and 20 repaired with small section supplied from another copy, back wrapper of part 3 with ads differing from those called for in Hatton & Cleaver); green half morocco pull-off case.

    FIRST EDITION IN ORIGINAL MONTHLY PARTS, first issue of parts 4 and 5, the first part has the publisher's imprint on the plates, part 14 has the notice of the postponement of the plates, with all Nickleby Advertisers and all inserted advertisements called for by Hatton & Cleaver in parts 1, 3-7, and 9-18. On 18 November 1837 Dickens made a contract with Chapman & Hall to supply by March of the following year the first manuscript of his new serial story. It was to be published in the manner and form of Pickwick, and he was to receive £150 per number. This was ten times as much as he received for Pickwick. On completion of Nicholas Nickleby, Chapman & Hall gave Dickens an additional bonus of £1500. Forty-eight thousand copies of the first number were sold, which appeared in April 1838. Eckel, pp. 64-66; Hatton & Cleaver, pp. 131-160; Yale/Gimbel A40.


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