• 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 50

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

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

    8o (208 x 127 mm). Half-title. 43 engraved plates (including engraved title) by R. Seymour, R.W. Buss, and Hablot K. Browne ["Phiz"] (some discoloration as often, some plates closely trimmed along fore-edge). Modern red morocco, edges gilt, by Zaehnsdorf.

    FIRST EDITION. Text with the first issue points: 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 unbroken; 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; p. 244, line 9, quad mark present between "advice" and "Sir"; and p. 261, X2 mis-signed N2. The plates are early states before letters; the vignette title has the reading "Veller"; the two plates by Buss are present; the plates at pp. 154 and 169 are in the second state with the page numbers corrected; plates at page 343 and 358 are with page numbers. Grolier English 78; Hatton & Cleaver, pp. 3-88.


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