The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club - 20 Parts in 19 - A NEAR PRIME SET, Having 8 of 11 Points Required. Charles Dickens.
The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club - 20 Parts in 19 - A NEAR PRIME SET, Having 8 of 11 Points Required
The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club - 20 Parts in 19 - A NEAR PRIME SET, Having 8 of 11 Points Required
The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club - 20 Parts in 19 - A NEAR PRIME SET, Having 8 of 11 Points Required

The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club - 20 Parts in 19 - A NEAR PRIME SET, Having 8 of 11 Points Required

London (April 1836-November 1837): Chapman & Hall. First Edition. Original Wraps. Item #08814

First edition in the original monthly parts; 20 parts in 19, original green wrappers. A NEAR PRIME COPY, lacking just 3 of the 11 points required in Eckel's bibliography "The First Editions of the Writings of Charles Dickens." These 11 points are repeated here, with comments: (1) All [front] covers must bear the date 1836 - they do. (2) Parts I and II front wrap must carry the words "With Four Illustrations By Seymour" - they do not. (3) Part III front wrap must have the words "With Illustrations By R. W. Buss - it does not. (4) Part I must have four plates by Seymour, signed and not re-etched by "Phiz" it does. (5) Part II must have three plates by Seymour, signed - it does. (6) Part III must have two plates by Buss - it does. (7) Part IV has the two plates indistinctly signed "Nemo" and not "Phiz." - it does. (8) Parts II, III, X and XV must have the addresses by the author [not present in parts II and III]. (9) Parts XVII, XVIII and XIX/XX must have addresses by the publisher - they do. (10) Plates in parts I to XII must have no captions, but do have page numbers; plates in parts XIII through XIX/XX must have neither captions, nor page numbers - they all conform. (11) In part XIX/XX, the signboard on the vignette title page must read "Tony Veller" and the signature "Phiz Fecit" must surround the tablet at the bottom of frontispiece - they do. So the only points lacking here are the illustrator's names on the front wraps of parts I, II and III, and the Author's Address in parts II and III; but for these, the present copy would be a Prime Copy. Additionally, plates are very good to fine. Neat owner name on front wrap of parts I, II and X. A part by part description follows: Note: All front wraps have the date 1836 (MDCCCXXXVI). The word "early" herein, means "not first issue."Part I. Wraps are early, front wrap with Chapman & Hall ad on the inside; rear wrap is blank on the inside; plates are 2nd plate, 1st state; text is mixed issue; lacking front ad, 8 pp. by Chapman & Hall. Part II. Wraps are early, with Chapman & Hall ad on the inside; rear wrap is blank on the inside; text is early; plates are 1st plate, 1st state; lacking the Address, neat owner name on front wrap. Part III. Wraps are early, with ads on the inside; with the suppressed Buss plates; text is mixed; lacking the address and front and rear ads. Part IV. Wraps are early, plates are 1st plate, 2nd state; text is mixed; lacking Advertiser (4 pp.). Part V. Wraps are early, plates are 1st plate, 1st state; text is mixed, lacking Advertiser (4 pp.) and rear ads. Part VI. Wraps are early, plates are 1st plate, 2nd state; text is early, lacking Advertiser (8 pp.). Part VII. Wraps are early, insides are blank; plates are 1st plate, 1st state; text is early; lacking Advertiser (8 pp.) and rear slip "Phrenology." Part VIII. Wraps are early, plates are 1st plate, 1st state, text is mixed issue; lacking Advertiser (8 pp.) and rear ad "Henekey & Co." Part IX. Wraps are early, insides are blank; plates are 1st plate, 1st issue, text is early; lacking Advertiser (12 pp.) and all rear ads. Part X. Front wrap is early, with inside blank, rear wrap is correct, or first issue; plates are 1st plate, text is mixed issue; the Address is present; lacking the Advertiser (16 pp.) and rear ads; faint owner name on front wrap. Part XI. Wraps are early; plates are 2nd plate; text is 1st issue, per Miller and Strange; lacks only the 8 page Advertiser. Small repair to front wrap. Part XII. Wraps are correct, first issue, plates are 1st plate, 2nd state; text is mixed issue; lacking the Advertiser (8 pp.) and the Mechi slip. Part XIII. Wraps are early, plates are 1st plate, text is early; lacking the Advertiser (16 pp.), lacking the Pigot's Colored Views ad, lacking the rear ads. Part XIV. Wraps are correct, or first issue, plate #30 is the 1st plate, plate #31 is 2nd plate; text is first issue, per Miller & Strange; this part is COMPLETE. Part XV. Wraps are correct, or first issue, plate #32 is the 2nd plate, plate #33 is the 1st plate; text is 1st issue, per Miller & Strange; all ads are present, including the Address; this part is COMPLETE. Part XVI. Wraps are correct, or first issue, plates (#34 and 35) are the 2nd plate; text is first issue, per Miller & Strange; this part is COMPLETE, having all ads called for. Part XVII. Wraps are correct, or first issue, plates (#36 and 37) are 1st plate; text is 1st issue, per Miller & Strange; this part is COMPLETE, having all ads called for, including the Address. Part XVIII. Wraps are correct, or first issue, plates (#38 and 39) are 1st plate; text is 1st issue, per Miller & Strange; this part is COMPLETE, having all ads called for, including the Address. Part XIX/XX. Wraps are correct, or first issue; plates (#40, 41, 42 and 43) are 1st issue; the text has no issue points; the Address is present, and all ads are present, except for the Mechi slip in rear. Housed in a classy black quarter-leather slipcase, with chemise. Provenance: the (Thomas) Hatton and Cleaver collection; the Heritage Bookshop; Charles Parkhurst Rare Books, Inc. Armorial bookplate.

Price: $12,500.00

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