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    The First "Well-Printed Issue" of Dickens' Works

    Charles Dickens. The Illustrated Library Edition of The Works of Charles Dickens. London: Chapman and Hall and Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott & Co., 1873-1876.

    Second Illustrated Library edition. Twenty-eight of thirty octavo volumes. Master Humphrey's Clock and A Tale of Two Cities not present. Profusely illustrated with plates after the originals by "Phiz" (Hablot Knight Browne), George Cruikshank, Frederick Walker, Edwin Landseer, Daniel Maclise, John Leech, Marcus Stone, George Cattermole, and Luke Fildes.

    Three-quarter rich red morocco over marbled boards, gilt spine titles, four raised spine bands with gilt ruling and gilt decorations. Top edges gilt. Matching marbled endpapers. Minor wear and soiling to the bindings. Spines somewhat darkened or faded. Light even toning and scattered foxing to some texts, and dust-soiling to text edges, but overall very clean. Some dampstaining to text of Great Expectations. Light abrading to textblock fore-edge of The Old Curiosity Shop. A very good to near fine set.

    "Recognizing the continuing potential for sales of Dickens's works, Chapman and Hall in 1873 published a prospectus for the Second Illustrated Library Edition, containing, they contended, all the works the novelist wished to preserve. Calling it the first well-printed issue, with specially cast type and better paper than that used in previous editions, this set was published in 30 volumes between 1873 and 1876 and sold at £15 for the set, a high price for the time" (Oxford Reader's Companion to Dickens, pp. 205-206).


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