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[PICKWICK PAPERS]. -- REYNOLDS, George M.W. Pickwick Abroad; or, The Tour in France. London: Thomas Tegg, 1839.
8o (220 x 142 mm). Illustrated with 41 steel engraved plates by Alfred Crowquill and John Phillips; 33 woodcuts by Bonner in text (some darkening and offsetting to plates). Original blind-stamped dark green cloth (minor wear to extremities; front hinge cracked).
Provenance: E.T.W. Wood (faint signature and armorial bookplate); Comte Alain de Suzannet (bookplate, his sale, Sotheby's London, 22 November 1971, lot 154); Kenyon Starling (bookplate, purchased from Seven Gables in 1971).
FIRST EDITION, with 8 pp. advertisements at the front dated 1843. This "Boz" imitation was written by the popular novelist, editor, radical journalist and Chartist leader, G.W.M. Reynolds (1814-1879). He is best known for his Mysteries of London, and English imitation of Eugène Sue's Mysteries of Paris. Here he takes Pickwick on a grand tour of the continent. Sadleir 2038.
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This is the first English edition, after the first edition in Philadelphia, 1838.