1857. [Complete in 22-in-21 monthly serial parts.] London: Chapman and Hall, July 1857 - April 1859. Original pink pictorial wrappers. First Edition of this uncommon novel, complete in the original 22-in-21 monthly serial parts (subsequently published in one 1859 volume, per the preliminary leaves provided in the final part). The illustrations are 44 plates by Hablot K. Browne ("Phiz") -- including the frontispiece and engraved title page in the final part; some of these are so-called "dark plates," made possible by a new 1850s process.~There are numerous ads in most of the parts (in many, a "Davenport Dunn Advertiser" on three leaves of pink paper at the front). Among other inserts is the Chapman & Hall leaflet announcing this title at the beginning of Part I, the slip in Part VI announcing that that part's plates will instead appear in Part VII (which they do), and the announcement in the final part that Charles Dickens's "Household Words" is about to be replaced by "All The Year Round." Lever's serial works do not have a bibliographical record of a "perfect set," as do Dickens's -- so it is difficult to say whether any other ads should ideally be present.~Condition is very good, with some generally-minor wear at the wrapper edges and spine ends; the only serious flaw is that the rear wrapper of Part XIX is lacking (and that part is slightly more worn than the others). Sadleir 1401 (book edition) and pages 379-380 (where he ranks this title 8th or 9th in scarcity among Lever's 32 works); Wolff 4084 ("Sadleir makes this the rarest of the 8vo novels first published in parts, and I would emphatically agree"). Housed in a cloth slipcase with inner chemise. Provenance: small leather bookplate of Estelle Doheny on the chemise.
(Inventory #: 13457)
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