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1861-1862 21vol Works of Charles Dickens Fiction Illustrated Library Edition
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The Works of Charles Dickens

By Charles Dickens

1861-1862 - London - Chapman & Hall

8" by 5"; (xviii) 408pp, (x) 419pp, (xvi) 435pp, (x) 430pp, (xviii) 436pp, (x) 438pp, (ix) 435pp, (vii) 435pp, (xi) 475pp, (viii) 471pp, (xvii) 438pp, (xiv) 454pp, (viii) 459pp, (xii) 446pp, (xii) 460, (vii) 437pp, (xii) 457pp, (viii) 454pp, (iv) 456pp, (viii) 427pp, (iv) 412pp.






An attractive, uniformly bound collection of the novels of Charles Dickens.

Chapman and Hall's Illustrated Library Edition, volumes I to X, and XII to XXII.

Volume XI - Sketches by Boz - is not present.

Containing The Pickwick Papers, Nicholas Nickleby, Martin Chuzzlewit, The Old Curiosity Shop, Barnaby Rudge (including Hard Times), Oliver Twist, Dombey and Son, The Personal History of David Copperfield, Pictures From Italy/American Notes, Bleak House, Little Dorrit and Christmas Books.

This relatively early collection of Dicken's works omits Great Expectations, Our Mutual Friend and The Mystery of Edwin Drood, all of which were published during or after 1861.

With numerous plates throughout by eminent artists, including 'Phiz',  H. K. Browne, Cruikshank, Maclise, Stanfield, Stone, Doyle, Leech, Tennel, Walker, and Cattermole.

Dickens was regarded as the 'literary colossus' of his age. His 1843 novella, A Christmas Carol, is one of the most influential works ever written, and it remains popular and continues to inspire adaptations in every artistic genre.

 His creative genius has been praised by fellow writers from Leo Tolstoy to G. K. Chesterton and George Orwell for its realism, comedy, prose style, unique characterisations, and social criticism.

With a neat ink inscription of one 'Jones Gibb', dated 1866, to title page or half title of each volume.


In half morocco bindings with cloth covered boards. Externally, sound with minor rubbing. Some wear to the spines, most prominently to Bleak House Vol II and Nicholas Nickleby Vol II, the latter of which also has a strained front hinge. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are generally bright and clean. Foxing to tissueguards where present but otherwise pages generally show just the occasional mark or spot.

Overall: VERY GOOD.

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