Chapman and Hall 1837, 1837.
edition, with following early issue points:
· ‘Weller’ on
1837 on both the engraved and printed title-pages and
with ‘S. Veller’ on page 342, line 5,
‘this friends’ page 400 line 21,
line 29, page 260,’hodling’ and
with the Buss plates included with backwards ‘R’.
page 26 has the header, Posthumous Papers, &c.
F of "of" imperfect in heading of page 432.
Directions for Binder & Errata follow p xiv,
· plates are numbered
or signed ‘Phiz’ not titled.
the ‘called for’ 43 illustrations by R. Seymour and PHIZ and with the seldom
encountered Buss plates only included in the earliest issues of the first
edition in book form, with 'Weller' on the engraved title and the plates at
p.69 and p.74 with 'Drawn and etched by R.W. Buss', all plates browned, pp.345-348
torn and repaired, later half calf, 8vo, London: Chapman and Hall, 1837.
first issue of Part Three of Pickwick Papers contains two plates drawn
and etched by R.W. Buss with the page numbers (69 and 74) on them. The two
plates, when they appeared together in Part Three of Pickwick Papers
serve as illustration points that distinguish the first issue of this number.
Seymour was the first artist selected to illustrate Pickwick Papers.
However, after completing sketches for only two numbers, Seymour committed
suicide and the prominent artist R. W. Buss was selected to replace him.
xiv, 609 pp. A good copy, occasional spotting, solid and sturdy, the binding
very good half leather with gilt titles and marbled boards (see photos).
EDITION. ‘Pickwick was issued when Dickens’ name was just beginning to be
recognized by readers in search of entertainment and to excite the attention
of prescient publishers. The publication of Pickwick, which ran through
twenty numbers, made for all time an English classic--a book representative
of its age, exhibiting the life and the ideals of an important class of
Englishman, on the threshold of the Victorian era.
over a century and a half later, Pickwick holds its assured place in the
literature of our tongue, and, among its entire author’s works, seems to have
the best chance of achieving what is known as immortality. The book was an
was led by his genius and by the indulgence of his jocose fancy into
picturing all the popular life which his varied experience in and out of
London had made familiar to him. And it is a book that appeals throughout
life--to the child and to the person of late years. Like others of Dickens’
creations, it is a masterpiece.
- Half leather
- Marbled boards
- Good condition
- text block is tight
- end papers are plain
- pages clean and tidy
- darkening is present to
- 2 pages repaired