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Author: Charles Dickens Subject: Fiction
Format: Fine Binding by Root of London Printing Year: 1837
Language: English 1st Issue: Fine binding by Root of London
Date of Publication: 1800-1849 All first issue points present: Buss plates present
Special Attributes: 1st Edition Halftitle present: Wonderfully bright
Place of Publication: London Very rare: Complete original parts

For sale is a fine and scarce first issue of the original parts of The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, by Charles Dickens. Published by Chapman and Hall, London, 1837. 609p.p. Beautfully illustrated throughout with a full compliment of 43 plates by R.Seymour and Phiz, included are the two rare and later-suppressed plates by Buss. Halftitle, errata/directions to the binder page present.

This example contains all of the first issue errors, as mentioned by Smith, including: four bars to the footstool in the vignette; 'Veller' to the sign to the frontispiece; 'E' to the foot of p.25, 'holding' closely-spaced, present to line 29, p.260; '7' misaligned to p.267 and 'Veller' present to line 5, p.342.

Bound in exquisite contemporary full tan calf by Root of London (stamped by the binder in gilt to the lower margin of the inside of the upper board). Raised bands to the spine, beautiful polished calf and gilt title labels, and gilt tooling to the spine, showing bordered panels surrounding a floral spray. Double-line borders in gilt to each board and ornate inner dentelles in gilt. Top page edges gilt. Red silk page-marker. Handsewn head and tail bands. Original fine marbled endpapers. An armorial bookplate for Sybil and Wallace Warner to the front pastedown.

The London bindery of Root (later W. Root & Son) consistently produced outstanding fine bindings, becoming one of the most sought after and respected binderies of C19th and C20th London. Packer lists the firm in business in Red Lion Square in 1899-1901, and the December 1942 issue of The Rotarian, notes with regret that premises of W. Root, on Paternaster Row, was destroyed during the Blitz of 1941.

Externally in superb order; the calf and tooling beautifully preserved. Internally it remains complete, and the textblock is very bright. The plates are much cleaner than usually encountered.

Overall, an absolutely wonderful and very rare first issue of this Dickens classic, with all printing errors present. This is an outstanding example which would grace any collection.

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