London: Richard Bentley 1838. FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE, with the suppressed 'Fireside' plate to vol. 3, With half titles, and with the rare instructions to binder plates list to volume 1; volume 3 includes the Bentley's Standard Library advert in place of the half title, which is correct for early issues. All title pages name 'Boz' as the author. In later issues this was changed to 'Charles Dickens, author of Pickwick Papers'. Bound circa 1890 in a full 'West End' crushed green morocco, extra gilt with plum-coloured endpapers, top edge gilt, others untrimmed, original cloth preserved at rear. Lightly toned within. Spines pleasingly toned to brown. A handsome, tall copy in a fine turn-of-the-century binding. Dickens' classic second novel, published one year after 'The Pickwick Papers', which publicised the various hypocrisies and contemporary social evils, including the workhouse, child labour and the recruitment of children as criminals. Full of greed and corruption, sarcasm and dark humour, 'Oliver Twist' featured a host of immortal characters including Fagin, Bill Sikes, The Artful Dodger and of course, Oliver. Item #47543
Eckel, p.59-62. Podeschi; Gimbel Catalogue [A27], Grolier Exhibition , Suzannet Catalogue . BMC No.271, 'The Great Illustrators', Collins; Dickens and Crime (1962).
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