London: October1846 - April 1848: Bradbury and Evans. First Edition. Item #08556
20 parts in 19, original printed wrappers, with 40 inserted plates by Hablot K. Brown (Phiz), who also designed the green wrappers. The present set has ALL the correct wrappers and ALL the ads called for by Hatton & Cleaver, except for the scarce Letts, Son & Steer ad in part XI. First issue of text, with the word "Delight" mentioned twice on page 284, with "Capatin" in the last line of page 324, part XI and the word "if" is absent in part XIV, page 426, line 9. Part XIX/XX is partly unopened, with first issue title page, showing Captain Cuttle's hook on his left arm and with the 8 line errata. Spines are expertly renewed on some parts. Light soiling to front wraps of parts I and IV; faint owner name on front wrap of part XII. There are a couple of "firsts" in Dombey and Son: the plate "On the Dark Road" in part XVIII is the first of what became known as the "dark plates" - also this is the first appearance of the "horizontal plates" on which the subject is rotated 90 degrees. Altogether a superior set, appealing to the eye and lacking just one (scarce) ad. Housed in a turn-of-the-century, solander, pull-off-top slipcase, 3/4 leather, with chemise. Armorial bookplate on chemise and inside the slipcase. Hatton & Cleaver, pp. 227-250.