London: Chapman and Hall, 1837. [Classic Literature] FIRST EDITION, EARLY ISSUE: "Veller" title and two "Buss" plates; bound without the half-title. Octavo (22 x 14cm), pp.iii-xvi; 609; . With 41 engraved plates, as well as an engraved frontispiece and decorated title page. Later green half straight grained morocco, with raised bands, gilt titles and decoration to spine, and marbled paper over boards. Marbled endpapers; top edge gilt. The edges, formerly marbled, have been lightly trimmed for the later binding. An exceptionally clean copy; virtually no spotting or browning to plates. Binding lightly handled, a touch sunned to spine. Near fine. Notoriously complex, a 'Prime Pickwick' is considered a near-impossibility. Item #53256
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