London: Chapman and Hall, 1839. [Classic Fiction] FIRST EDITION, bound from mixed issue parts. Octavo (22 x 15cm), pp.xvi; 624. With 39 engraved plates by Phiz, and a frontispiece portrait of the author by Maclise. This copy does not have "visiter" for "sister" on p.123 line 17, but it does have "latter" for "letter" on p.160, 6 lines up. The frontispiece and first four plates have the imprint of Chapman and Hall, which indicates that they come from the 'earliest issues of the monthly parts' (Hatton and Cleaver, p.134). Bound with both the half-title and one green cover (no.IX) from the original parts to preliminaries. Recently re-bound with a cream paper-covered spine, a plain paper title label, and contemporary blue paper-covered boards. All edges untrimmed. Masonic bookplate of James Barr Lamb to front pastedown. Repairs to hinges. Extremely heavy spotting and browning to plates (more so than usual), but text generally quite clean. Rubbing to boards, especially corners. Professionally re-bound. Very good. The first of Dickens' romances, it is perhaps most famous for its extraordinary and memorable villains, Wackford Squeers and Ralph Nickleby. Item #56900
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