2 April 2008
DICKENS, Charles. Dombey and Son. London: Bradbury and Evans, October 1846-April 1848.
20 parts in 19, 8o (222 x 142 mm). Half-title, 2-line Errata leaf. Engraved frontispiece, additional title, and 38 plates by Hablot K. Browne ["Phiz"] (soft crease to first plate in part 11, plates with pale browning at edges). Original printed blue-green pictorial wrappers (a few small discreet repairs to spines); green quarter morocco slipcase. Provenance: 18 Milton St.? (contemporary pencil inscription on most from wrappers); George Ulizio (bookplate; his sale American Art Association/Anderson, 30 January 1931); Kenyon Starling (bookplate).
FIRST EDITION IN ORIGINAL MONTHLY PARTS, earliest issues of p.324 in part 11 ("Capatin") and p.426 of part 14 ("if" omitted at head of line 9; but with page number 431 present). "The Dombey & Son Advertiser" in each part and inserted advertisements as listed in Hatton and Cleaver, with four additional advertisements in part 8 and catalogue for E. Moses and Son (32pp.) in parts 19/20 not recorded by Hatton and Cleaver, the ad for Gilbert's Dictionary bound in part 11 (not 10). The 12-line errata in part 5 is also present.
Dickens approached Dombey and Son, his novel about pride, with more careful planning than his earlier novels. Critics have often placed it as the first of the later novels, given the symbolic treatment of its juxtaposition of railway and sea and the way in which its themes are drawn from this. This was Dickens's seventh novel. Eckel, pp. 74-76; Hatton & Cleaver, pp.227-250; Yale/Gimbel A102. A FINE COPY.
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