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1837 The Posthumous Papers of the PICKWICK CLUB Charles DICKENS 1st Edition
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Very Good in nice binding. Louis88Books

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Seller notes: Very Good in nice binding. Louis88Books
Subject: Fiction Printing Year: 1800-1849
Format: Fine Binding Special Attributes: 1st Edition
Fiction Type: Collected Stories & Poems Language: English
Origin: Book Sale


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The Posthumous Papers of



First Edition





Year of Publication




London: Chapman & Hall.


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London Chapman and Hall 1837, 1837.

First edition, with following early issue points:

·       ‘Weller’ on engraved title,

·       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.

With 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.

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.

The 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.

Richard 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.

8vo, xiv, 609 pp. A good copy, occasional spotting, solid and sturdy, the binding fine.

In very good half leather with gilt titles and marbled boards (see photos).

FIRST 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.

Now, 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 improvisation.

Dickens 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.


Condition Report


  • Half leather
  • Marbled boards
  • Good condition


  • text block is tight
  • end papers are plain
  • pages clean and tidy
  • darkening is present to most plates
  • 2 pages repaired



Publisher: London: Chapman and Hall.
Publication Date: 1837
Binding: Half leather
Edition: First Edition


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