A collection of the Imperial Edition of the Works of Charles Dickens, together with Charles Dickens, A Critical Study by George Gissing, all volumes illustrated by various artists.
In fifteen volumes, possibly of eighteen [details of complete set unavailable, and may have continued until 1904].
The contents of the set are as follows:
Barnaby Rudge (1901) with eight plates of illustrations by Max Cowper.
The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit (1901) with eight plates of illustrations by Fred Pegram.
The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (1901) with eight plates of illustrations by Claude A. Shepperson.
The Personal History of David Copperfield (1901) with eight plates of illustrations by William Rainey, R.I.
Oliver Twist (1901) with eight plates of illustrations by W. S. Stacey.
The Old Curiosity Shop (1901) with eight plates illustrations by H. M. Brock.
Christmas Books (1902) with eight plates of illustrations by C. A. Shepperson, R.I.
A Tale of Two Cities (1902) with eight plates of illustrations by Max Cowper.
Bleak House (1902) with eight plates of illustrations by H. M. Brock.
Little Dorrit (1902) with eight plates of illustrations by John H. Bacon.
The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club (1902) with eight plates of illustrations by William Rainey, R. I.
Hard Times and Master Humphrey's Clock (1902) with ten plates of illustrations by W. S. Stacey.
Dombey and Son (1902) with eight plates of illustrations by John H. Bacon.
Sketches by Boz (1902) with seven plates of illustrations by Max Cowper.
Charles Dickens A Critical Study by George Gissing (1902) with thirteen plates of topographical illustrations and including one portrait by F. G. Kitton.
[plates all counted, complete]
George Robert Gissing 1857 – 28 December 1903) was an English novelist who published twenty-three novels between 1880 and 1903. His best known novels include The Nether World (1889), New Grub Street (1891), and The Odd Women (1893). His serious interest in books began at the age of ten when he read The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens and subsequently, encouraged by his father and inspired by the family library, his literary interest grew.
Charles John Huffam Dickens (1812 - 1870) was an English writer and social critic. He created some of the world's most memorable fictional characters and is generally regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian period. During his life, his works enjoyed unprecedented fame, and by the twentieth century his literary genius was broadly acknowledged by critics and scholars. His novels and short stories continue to be widely popular.
In a cloth binding. Externally, sound but with slight bumping and wear to extremities, fading and occaisonal stains to spines and marks to boards. Eights hinges strained, one tender. Internally, generally firmly bound although strained in places to some volumes and with one title and frontispiece detached, another plate detached and the odd other page loosening. Previous owners ink stamp to half title. Bright and generally clean but with spotting to text block edges, odd handling marks and odd slight foxing. The odd slight closed tear.
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