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    [Charles Dickens]. The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club. London: Chapman & Hall, April 1836-Nov. 1837. Original monthly serials, mixed issue. Twenty parts in nineteen, octavo (8.8125 x 5.5625 inches; 224 x 141 mm.). Eight to twenty-four pages of preliminary advertisements; paginated continuously [1]-609 pages; with eight leaves of preliminaries following text in final part. Frontispiece, vignette title-page and thirty-eight additional inserted engravings, mostly by H. K. Browne. Original blue-green illustrated paper wrappers. A sophisticated set. All parts rebacked with wrappers reattached, remains of original backstrip laid down in some parts. Regular edge wear to wrappers; mended tears, chips; soft creasing, overall mild soiling, occasional inked or effaced pencil signature to front. Occasional light foxing, thumbsoiling throughout text block; some parts roughly opened; evidence of dog-earing. Generally good to very good. Housed in a custom chemise and slipcase. Specific printing points and condition notes available online. Hatton & Cleaver, pp. 3-88. From the collection of Jerome P. O'Connor.

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    Coffee or teacup rings on front wrapper of Part VI; bookseller's stamp on front of Part VII; small yellow splotch to front of Part XIX/XX. Parts I-XI, XIII with later-issue front and rear wrappers. Parts XII, XIV-XVIII with first-issue wrappers. Final part rear wrapper is later. All ads lacking from Parts I-XII; Part XIV lacking "Pickwick Advertiser" at front. Part XIII has only "Argyll Rooms" rear ad; Part XIV lacks final leaf of rear ad; Part XV "Caledonia Illustrata" ad lacks specimen plate; Part XVI has three incorrect rear ads; Part XVIII lacks "Simpson's Herbal Pills" ad; final part lacks all rear ads but one-leaf "Simpson's" ad. Inserted publisher's addresses lacking in Part III, X and XVII. Lacking three front insets. Light offsetting, toning of plates; occasionally rebound in wrong order; scattered repaired edge tears, none affecting illustrations.

    Has signature "E" on p. 25; "indelicate" and "inscription" corrected in first paragraph of p. 341. Two substituted plates by "Phiz" in Part III, indicating a "very late issue" according to Hatton & Cleaver. Plate 27 has mispaginated 353. Part XIV, letter "F" in "OF" at head of p. 432 imperfect. Part XV "Royal Beulah Spa & Gardens" ad printed on yellow paper, not accounted for in Hatton & Cleaver. "The Comic Annual for 1838" ad in Part XIX/XX does not read "1388," therefore later. Overall, a mixed set of mostly later issues with six to seven first or early issues. Hatton & Cleaver, pp. 3-88.

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