DICKENS, Charles. The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club. London: Chapman and Hall, 1837.
8o (213 x 126 mm). 43 engraved plates (including engraved title) by R. Seymour, R.W. Buss, and Hablot K. Browne ["Phiz"]. Full green morocco gilt, top edge gilt, by Riviere (spine very slightly sunned); cloth slipcase.
Provenance: Thomas Hatton, Dickens bibliographer (bookplate, his sale, Sotheby's London, 20 February 1933, lot 87); Comte Alain de Suzannet (bookplate; his sale, Sotheby's London, 22 November 1971, lot 22 for £600); Kenyon Starling (bookplate).
FIRST EDITION, EARLY ISSUE, with the points as follows: textually nearly perfect with all points listed in Hatton & Cleaver and Miller & Strange except: p. 10, last line, no mark between "r" and "u" in "rum"; p. 17, last "e" appears broken; p. 244, line 9, quad mark missing between "advice" and "Sir"; p. 303, second "3" present. This copy therefore contains the very rare issue points: p. 25, no signature "E"; p. 34 has the parentheses within lines 14 and 15 from bottom; and p. 261, X2 mis-signed N2. The plates are all in the first state before letters except the first 4 Seymour plates (second state) and plate 5, "The Dying Clown" (second state, after the signature); the vignette title has the reading "Veller"; the two plates by Buss are present; the plates at pp. 154 and 169 are in the first state with the page numbers interchanged (extra copies of the second states with the correct numbering are bound in); plates at page 343 and 358 are without page numbers.
THOMAS HATTON'S "PERFECT COPY" OF 'PICKWICK,' WITH THE BIBLIOGRAPHER'S EXTENSIVE ANNOTATIONS INDICATING THE POINTS THROUGHOUT, with nearly every page of text and every plate marked in pencil, including text measurements throughout. Laid in is a note in Hatton's hand which describes the copy as such: "A perfect copy of the First Issue, embodying all the very numerous 'points' of letterpress and plates. The letterpress throughout is of the first printing. Plates at pp. 89 & 94 are in an earlier state than has ever been previously recorded. In fact they were not known to collectors. The only apology one can make is in regard to page 25, where the sig 'E' is present. Notwithstanding Mr. Eckel's doubts on this point, the earliest printing did NOT have a signature!"
Grolier English 78; Hatton & Cleaver, pp. 3-88; Miller & Strange.