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Details about  1844 Martin CHUZZLEWIT Charles DICKENS FIRST EDITION

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Item specifics

Condition:

Used

Special Attributes:

1st Edition

Format:

Fine Binding

Sub-Subject 2:

Novels

Language:

English

Subject:

Fiction

Printing Year:

1800-1849


 

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The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit

By Charles Dickens

1844 - London - Chapman and Hall

8.5" by 5.5" , xiv, 624pp plus plates

 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 

 

DETAILS

A first edition, first issue of Martin Chuzzlewit by Charles Dickens.

Bound in half leather and marbled paper-covered boards, with gilt lettering.

Needing work on the binding and foxed as usual but still the first edition and bound from the parts.

First Edition.

Mixed Issue Points. Whilst the title page is dated 1844, and the "100£" on the vignette title page is present, however there is no errata page, as common in first issue of book form.

Bound from the Parts.

Charles John Huffam Dickens, 1812 ?1870, was the most popular English novelist of the Victorian era.

The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit is considered the last of Dickens? picaresque novels. It was originally serialized between 1843 ? 1844. Dickens himself proclaimed Martin Chuzzlewit to be his best work.  Like nearly all of Dickens' novels, Martin Chuzzlewit was released to the public in monthly instalments. The main theme of the novel, according to a Preface by Dickens, is selfishness, portrayed in a satirical fashion using all the members of the Chuzzlewit family. The novel is also notable for two of Dickens' great villains, Seth Pecksniff and Jonas Chuzzlewit.

CONDITION

The binding is generally tight and firm. The front board is held by one cord only. The rear hinge has failed, with the leather of the spine come away. Pages 623-624, and one plate, are detached with the rear hinge. Page 621-622 is partially detached with a small closed tear. The frontispiece is detached. There is significant wear to the extremities, including significant bumping and rubbing. Internally the pages are generally bright, with scattered spotting. Pages 613-624 have marginal ink marks. Overall the condition is fair.

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