London: Richard Bentley, 1838. [Classic Literature] FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE, with the suppressed 'Fireside' plate and with with 'Boz' on the title pages. Three volumes, Small octavo, illustrated with 24 plates by Cruikshank. Complete copy with both half-titles (not required for vol.III), advertisement leaf following text of vol I, initial advertisement leaf to vol.III. Full dark green oasis morocco, raised bands, gilt titles and gilt decoration to spine, top edge gilt, others untrimmed, original cloth covers preserved at rear. Light foxing and some browning to plates as usual, gentle wear to covers. Unlike many bound copies, which have have marbled or gilt edges, this is generously-margined copy, in attractive recent leather and, housed in a green buckram slip-case with thumb-cut sides. 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 #51153
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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