18 December 2003
DICKENS, Charles. The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club. London: Chapman and Hall, 1837.
Original 20/19 parts bound in 4 volumes, 8o. EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED with an autograph letter signed by Dickens and appoximately 220 plates including: 32 ORIGINAL WATERCOLOR DRAWINGS BY "KYD", two sets of 24 plates by Pailthorpe (1882), proofs on India paper in colored state, two sets of 32 plates by Onwhyn (1894), in colors and in plain state, original engraved illustrations by R. Seymour and H.K. Browne, wrappers and many advertisments and announcements leaves. Late 19th-century green morocco gilt, top edges gilt, turn-ins stamp signed by Zaehnsdorf (light darkening to spines). Provenance: Phoenix Ingraham (bookplate).
FIRST EDITION, in original parts lavishly EXTRA ILLUSTRATED. Dickens's letter, 21 November 1858, is a supper invitation to "Elliston." "The husband of that Lady whom I mesmerised in Geneva(?) long ago, and whose case is so very remarkable, is in town for a few days. I should greatly like you to see him, and to hear(?) her case from his lips. Can you dine with us, this next Saturday...? There shall be no other company..." Grolier English 78; Hatton & Cleaver 3.
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