first edition Original Wraps
London (May 1849 - November 1850)
by Dickens, Charles
London (May 1849 - November 1850): Bradbury and Evans. First Edition. Original Wraps. ALL wrappers are correct. ALL Advertisers, slips and ads are present and in accord with the Hatton & Cleaver bibliography, but for one leaf of the scarce Lett's Diary in part VIII, which has 7 specimen leaves, 2 of which are folding. Annotated by Thomas Hatton in part I, page 19 of the Advertiser, "D.C. 1" and in part IV on page 7 of the Advertiser "D.C./4", as was his custom on many ads. Laid in to part XI is one page of autograph notes by Thomas Hatton, listing "textual imperfections" in this very part. Twenty (20) monthly parts in 19; octavo, with 40 inserted plates, including the frontis and vignette title. [i-vii]viii[ix]x-xii[xiii]xiv[xv-xvi], 2-624. The plates in parts XVI, XVII and XVIII are lightly tanned at edges, not affecting the illustration; all other plates are very good+ to fine; tissue guards are in place. Most parts have spines expertly renewed. Light soiling to a few wrappers. Neat owner name on front wrap of part X and final leaf of rear ad with corner loss. An outstanding set in every respect and with a pedigree - it is from the famed (Thomas) Hatton and Cleaver collection. Housed in a handsome, turn-of-the-century, solander pull-off-top, three-quarter leather slipcase, with chemise. Provenance: The Hatton & Cleaver collection, the Heritage Bookshop, Charles Parkhurst Rare Books, Inc. Hatton & Cleaver, pp. 253-272.
(Inventory #: 09150)