9 June 2004
DICKENS, Charles. The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby. London: Chapman and Hall, April 1838-October 1839.
20 parts in 19, 8o (221 x 141mm). 40 engraved plates by Hablot K. Browne (and plate 38 from part 19/20 in duplicate). Original blue-green pictorial printed wrappers (some repairs to spines); red cloth folding case.
FIRST EDITION IN ORIGINAL PARTS, the first part without the publisher's imprint on the plates, first issue of parts 4 and 5, part 14 has the notice of the postponement of the plates, the Nickleby Advertiser and other inserted advertisements are present in all but parts 2 and 3. Hatton and Cleaver, pp. 131-160. (19)
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