with marginal darkening), THE DEDICATEE ANGELA GEORGINA BURDETT-COUTTS'S COPY: tipped in at front is a manuscript statement by Sir Montague Barlow of Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge (London, 16 May 1922, ½ page, 4to) that "This copy of the first edition of Dickens' Martin Chuzzlewit was purchased by Mr. Sessler of Philadelphia, lot 136 in the Burdett Coutts Sale in our Rooms on May 15, 1922" (a photocopy of the catalogue entry accompanies the book). This volume was not inscribed by Dickens to his close friend and the novel's dedicatee, Miss Burdett-Coutts, as Dickens had left for Italy on 2 July 1844 -- two weeks before the book edition was published on 16 July -- and did not return until 30 November 1844 (Miss Burdett-Coutts was in Germany for the summer). Dickens routinely had his novels bound in leather for presentation to family and close firends, although this would be the most elaborate example known. Eckel, pp. 71-73; Smith, vol. 1, no. 7 (no priority between the three states of the engraved title as traditionally supposed). " /> DICKENS, CHARLES. The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit. London: Chapman and Hall 1844. <I>8vo, contemporary crimson morocco richly gilt (presentation binding?), white brocade silk doublures, red morocco gilt inner dentelles, matching white brocade silk free endpapers, red silk marker, all edges gilt and deeply gauffered in a series of cartouches and florets, by Hayday, with his stamp on verso of front free endpaper, spine a little darkened, some slight scuffing; black silk case.</I> FIRST EDITION IN BOOK FORM, the state of the vignette title with "100" on reward notice and the state of the errata leaf with 14 lines, frontispiece, engraved title-page, and 38 plates by Hablot K. Browne (<I>with marginal darkening</I>), THE DEDICATEE ANGELA GEORGINA BURDETT-COUTTS'S COPY: tipped in at front is a manuscript statement by Sir Montague Barlow of Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge (London, 16 May 1922, <I>½ page, 4to</I>) that "This copy of the first edition of Dickens' Martin Chuzzlewit was purchased by Mr. Sessler of Philadelphia, lot 136 in the Burdett Coutts Sale in our Rooms on May 15, 1922" (a photocopy of the catalogue entry accompanies the book). This volume <I>was not inscribed</I> by Dickens to his close friend and the novel's dedicatee, Miss Burdett-Coutts, as Dickens had left for Italy on 2 July 1844 -- two weeks before the book edition was published on 16 July -- and did not return until 30 November 1844 (Miss Burdett-Coutts was in Germany for the summer). Dickens routinely had his novels bound in leather for presentation to family and close firends, although this would be the most elaborate example known. Eckel, pp. 71-73; Smith, vol. 1, no. 7 (no priority between the three states of the engraved title as traditionally supposed). | Christie's