London (April 1838 - October 1839): Chapman & Hall. Hablot K. Browne (Phiz). First Edition. Item #09019
In the original monthly parts; 20 parts in 19. From the famed Hatton & Cleaver collection, and annotated by Thomas Hatton, who has written in pencil on the rear wrapper of part VI: "No. 920 - clean and perfect." Additionally, Mr. Hatton has written in pencil in part VI, on page 192, the final page of text, "CNP . TH." ("CNP" meaning "clean and perfect.") Original green printed wrappers - ALL wrappers are correct. FIRST ISSUE of the text, with part IV having the misprint "visiter" for "sister" on page 123, line 17, and part V having the misprint "latter" for letter on page 160, line 6 up. FIRST STATE of the plates, having the publisher's imprint beneath the illustrations in parts I and II, and FIRST STATE of plate 29 in part XV, with the long title and the signature "PHIZ" in caps, a dot preceeding the letter "P" and another dot between the last two letters. Part XI has the Charles Tilt ad, as cited by Hatton & Cleaver: "In many copies seen, there is to be found pasted within the front wrapper, a small yellow slip (4 1/2" x 3"), issued by Charles Tilt, Fleet Street. On one side it is headed, "New books for Children/Tales of Shipwrecks & Disasters at Sea," and on verso, "Unique Present -" Substantially, all the ads and slips are present, with the following exceptions: part II lacks the Mechi slip and two leaves of the Advertiser; part III lacks the scarce Joseph Amesbury ad; part VIII lacks only the scarce Tyas "Heads of the People" ad. All other ads are present as called for by Hatton & Cleaver. Part XIX/XX has the scarce "Hill's Seal Wafers" ad without the seals. The plates are very good to fine; tissue guards are present. Spines are expertly renewed on parts I, VI and perhaps a few others. Subscriber's names, or initials on front wraps of parts IX, XII, XIII, XVI and XIX/XX. Small repair to fore-corners of part I front wrapper. Bookplate of Mortimer L. Schiff on page 1 of Advertiser of part I; armorial bookplate of Charles Parkhurst on inside of slipcase and chemise. Octavo, [i-vii]viii-x[xi]xii-xiv[xv]xvi, 2-624, with 39 plates by Phiz and the frontis by Maclise. The present set is exceptional in many ways: both the text and plates have the FIRST ISSUE points; it is annotated by the bibliographer, Thomas Hatton, and is from the Hatton & Cleaver collection; all parts are complete, with the exceptions of II, III and VIII, as noted above. Housed in a handsome purple quarter-leather slipcase, with chemise. Provenance: The Hatton & Cleaver Collection, The Heritage Bookshop, Charles Parkhurst Books, Inc.