The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby.....with Illustrations By Phiz. Annotated By Bibliographer Thomas Hatton
London (April 1838 - October 1839): Chapman & Hall. Hablot K. Browne (Phiz). First Edition. Item #09557
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 in part V, on page 160, 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. The text is UNOPENED, therefore unread, in parts XI and XVII. The rear ad "Medical Casket" is UNOPENED in part XVI. FIRST STATE of the plates, having the publisher's imprint beneath the illustrations in parts I and II, and second state of plate 29 in part XV, with the shorter title. 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 III lacks the scarce Joseph Amesbury ad; part VIII lacks the scarce Tyas "Heads of the People" ad as well as the Mechi ad. All other ads are present as called for by Hatton & Cleaver. Part XIX/XX has the scarce "Hill's Seal Wafers" ad with 4 of the seals. The plates are very good to fine; tissue guards are present, some newer. Spines are expertly renewed on most parts. Subscriber's names on front wraps of parts XVIII and XIX/XX. 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 1 and 2 have the FIRST ISSUE points; it is annotated by the bibliographer, Thomas Hatton, and included is a 2 page autograph letter, written the same year as the publication of the bibliography and concerns the number of plates used to print the Nicholas Nickleby in parts. All parts are complete, with the exceptions of III and VIII, as noted above. Housed in a handsome maroon quarter-leather slipcase, with chemise. Provenance: The Hatton & Cleaver Collection, The Heritage Bookshop, Charles Parkhurst Books, Inc.