London: Bradbury and Evans, 1848. [Classic Literature] FIRST EDITION. Octavo. pp. xvi, 624 . Illustrated with 38 plates, vignette title page and engraved frontispiece by Phiz. Bound from the parts with the vast majority of sheets in the earliest state of the text. 'Dark' plate opp. p.547 in fine order. Nineteenth century pebble-grained morocco over marbled sides, full gilt back, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers. With every title wrapper from the original parts preserved at rear (two out-of-sequence). Bookplate of James Hale Bates to front pastedown. Some trivial spotting to plates else contents exceptionally clean. Small stain to foot of final wrapper else bright and fresh; condition suggests they were well kept prior to binding up, with no tears or noticeable ageing. Joints a little rubbed else sound. A particularly fine copy. The following first issue points are present: In the title-page vignette, Capt. Cuttle's hook is erroneously on his left arm; p.xv, no page entry for the frontispiece and vignette, and no quotation marks around "the Party" line 2; p.14, ten lines up, "aint" has no apostrophe; p.26, line 11 has "fidgetty"; on p.40, l.16-17 "shewed" and "shew" instead of "showed" and "show"; p.284, fifth and sixth lines from the bottom, "Delight" instead of "Joy"; p.324, last line "Capatin" for "Captain"; p.426, line 9 "if" is not present, p.582, the last line has no full stop. The only later state point found is the page number being present on p.431 (lacking earlier). Item #59818
Ex-libris James Hale Bates (North American travel writer, 1826-1906); engraved bookplate to pastedown executed by Edwin Davis French (1851-1906) in 1894. Examples of French's work are held at Yale, Harvard, the British Museum, New York Public Library, Rochester University and Illinois State Library. French also designed the bookplate for the Library of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY.
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