• 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 48

    DICKENS, Charles. The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club. London: Chapman and Hall, 1837.

    Price Realised  

    DICKENS, Charles. The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club. London: Chapman and Hall, 1837.

    8o (224 x 143 mm). 43 engraved plates (including engraved title) by R. Seymour, R.W. Buss, and Hablot K. Browne ["Phiz"]. (Lacks half-title, some occasional pale spotting to plates.) Original plum cloth, front and back covers stamped in blind with a thick and thin border, enclosing three vertical concentric rectangles in the center, spine blind-stamped and gilt-lettered (front inner hinge slightly split).

    AN EXCEPTIONALLY FRESH AND BRIGHT COPY, IN THE SCARCE ORIGINAL CLOTH

    FIRST EDITION, EARLY ISSUE, with the points as follows: page 43, second paragraph below Chapter V, line 1 reads "ruined wall" in the singular; with the rare signature misprint on p. 261, reading X2; with signature "E" present on p. 25; "holding" on p.260. Most plates are "first plates." Grolier English 78; Hatton & Cleaver, pp. 3-88; Smith I:3.


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