London (January 1843-July 1844): Chapman & Hall. First Edition. Original Wraps. Item #09051
Publisher's Presentation Copy, with "With The Publisher's Compliments" stamped onto front wrapper of part V. ALL wrappers are correct. Substantially all ads and slips are present, as called for by Hatton & Cleaver, with the following exceptions: the rare "Foreign Travel" slip in part VII, which is known in only 6 copies; the "Pride of London slip in part XI and the "Temple of Fashion" slip in part XVI. Annotated by Thomas Hatton in part I on margin of the "Tea" add "M.C. I" and on margin of the "Extracts from the Britannia" ad on page 1, "M.C. I" and on page 3, "MC. at end of Pt I" - also annotated on the front wrap of the Wyld's Globes ad, "M.C. I" as was his custom on certain ads. Laid in to part XI is a manuscript note by Thomas Hatton: "Martin Chuzzlewit / Part XI / 7 copies - Incomplete / Text only." First issue of the text, conforming in all points to Smith pp. 65 - 67. Errata is 14 lines (the 13 line errata was correct, but changed to balance the format). Illustrated by Hablot K. Browne. All plates are very good to fine; tissue guards are in place. Octavo, [i-vii]viii[ix]x-xii[xiii]xiv[xv-xvi], 2-624. An outstanding set, internally very clean and bright; minor soiling to a few wrappers; subscriber's name on front wrap of parts XIII and XV; most parts have spines expertly renewed. Armorial bookplate. Housed in a custom quarter-leather slipcase, with chemise. Provenance: The Hatton & Cleaver collection, the Heritage Bookshop, Charles Parkhurst Rare Books, Inc. Hatton & Cleaver, pp. 185-212.