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    The First Octavo One-Volume Edition of Oliver Twist

    Charles Dickens. The Adventures of Oliver Twist; or, The Parish Boy's Progress. With Twenty-Four Illustrations on Steel, by George Cruikshank. A New Edition, Revised and Corrected. London: Published for the Author, by Bradbury & Evans, 1846.

    First one-volume edition. Octavo (8.4375 x 5.3125 inches; 214 x 135 mm.). xii, 311, [1, printer's imprint] pages. Twenty-four etched plates by George Cruikshank.

    Modern half light reddish brown morocco, ruled in gilt, over brown cloth boards. Spine ruled in gilt and decoratively tooled in blind with five raised bands and black morocco gilt lettering label. Edges sprinkled brown. Binder's ticket on rear pastedown: "C. A. Carpenter, Jr. / Bookbinder / Shrewsbury, Mass." Paper slightly browned; some slight offsetting from the plates to the text and from the text to the plates; a few upper corners gently creased. Tiny tear to the outer blank margin of the title; a few tiny tears to the outer edge of the plate facing p. 9; a few tiny chips to the outer edge of U8 (pp. 303/304). Small stain to pp. [v]-vi and slight soiling to leaves Q1-Q4 (pp. 226-232).

    "Several so-called editions of Oliver were published until 1846, when the novel was extensively revised and appeared in ten monthly parts from January-October 1846. Cruikshank designed a cover for the parts which included 11 scenes from the novel. The 24 plates for the various three-volume publications were retouched, re-bitten, and further modified by J. Findlay. The one-volume edition of these monthly parts was published on September 26, 1846" (Smith I, p. 36, note 5). From the H. Barry Morris Collection.

    Carr B98. Eckel, p. 60. Gimbel A39. Sadleir 696c. See Hatton and Cleaver, pp. [213]-224.

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