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    The "Victoria Edition" of The Pickwick Papers, Extra-Illustrated with 105 Additional Plates

    Charles Dickens. The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club. With Illustrations by R. Seymour, R. W. Buss, Hablôt K. Browne ("Phiz") and J. Leech. London: Chapman and Hall Limited, 1887.

    The "Victoria Edition." One of 1,500 copies, out of a total edition of 2,000 copies. Two octavo volumes xlvii, 430; xi, 439 pages. Titles printed in red and black. Fifty photogravure plates, including frontispiece in each volume and added vignette title in Volume I, plus a facsimile of an inscription by Charles Dickens and a facsimile of the wrapper to Part I of the original parts issue. Extra-illustrated with 105 plates, some color, some inlaid to size, including engraved portraits and views, and the Twelve Extra Illustrations to the Pickwick Papers by Charles E. Brock (Leamington Spa: Published by Arthur W. Waters, 1921), each in two states, one hand-colored, as well as the original portfolio wrappers for the Edition de Luxe.

    Bound by Bayntun of Bath in three-quarter brown crushed levant morocco, ruled in gilt, over brown cloth boards. Spines decoratively panelled and lettered in gilt in compartments, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt, others uncut. Light rubbing to corners and spine extremities, upper portion of front joint of Volume I neatly repaired, front joint of Volume II neatly repaired, hinges of Volume I starting, front hinge of Volume II repaired. Some scattered light foxing, slightly heavier in Volume I. Occasional offsetting from some of the extra illustrations. Previous owner's ink presentation inscription on front flyleaf of Volume I and on front and rear flyleaves of Volume II. An excellent copy.

    Gimbel B18.


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    Charles Dickens. The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club. With Illustrations by R. Seymour, R. W. Buss, Hablôt K. Browne ("Phiz") and J. Leech. In Two Volumes. London: Chapman and Hall Limited, 1887.

     

    The "Victoria Edition." One of 1,500 copies, out of a total edition of 2,000 copies. Two octavo volumes (9.125 x 6.125 inches; 231 x 157 mm.). xlvii, [1, blank], 430, [1, printer's imprint], [1, blank]; xi, [1, blank], 439, [1, facsimile inscription] pages. Titles printed in red and black. Fifty photogravure plates, including frontispiece in each volume and added vignette title in Volume I, plus a facsimile of an inscription by Charles Dickens and a facsimile of the wrapper to Part I of the original parts issue. Extra-illustrated with 105 plates, some color, some inlaid to size, including engraved portraits and views, and the Twelve Extra Illustrations to the Pickwick Papers by Charles E. Brock (Leamington Spa: Published by Arthur W. Waters, 1921), each in two states, one hand-colored, as well as the original portfolio wrappers for the Edition de Luxe.

     

    Bound by Bayntun of Bath (stamp-signed on the verso of the front free endpaper) in three-quarter brown crushed levant morocco, ruled in gilt, over brown cloth boards. Spines decoratively panelled and lettered in gilt in compartments, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt, others uncut. Additionally stamp-signed on the recto of the rear free endpaper: "Extra Illustrated by A. W. Waters, Leamington Spa." Light rubbing to corners and spine extremities, upper portion of front joint of Volume I neatly repaired, front joint of Volume II neatly repaired, hinges of Volume I starting, front hinge of Volume II repaired. Some scattered light foxing, slightly heavier in Volume I. Occasional offsetting from some of the extra illustrations. Previous owner's ink presentation inscription on front flyleaf of Volume I and on front and rear flyleaves of Volume II: "Frank J. Bisbee / Noble / Pa. / 12/25-1936. / Marie." An excellent copy.

     

    "The illustrations in this Edition include all those used for the original Edition, but, instead of taking impressions from worn plates, the original drawings by the artists have been carefully reproduced in facsimile, by a beautiful method of Photogravure, which is the secret of Messrs. Annan and Swan...By this process the drawings are engraved by Photography on copper plates, so accurately that every line, shade or light is correctly reproduced in the prints, which are worked by hand as in the old-fashioned copper-plate press. It  should be mentioned that four of Seymour's drawings (those opposite pp. 4, 10, 13, and 24) and two of those by Phiz (the vignette title-page and the illustration opposite p. 110) have been lost, and the plates here given are taken from some beautiful copies in water-colours done by Phiz himself for Mr. Frederick Cosens, through whose kindness they have been reproduced for this Edition. In addition to these original illustrations, four plates will be found at pp. 51, 100, 108, and 110, by R. W. Buss, taken from the original drawings...two of which are now published for the first time; the other two being known as the 'suppressed Buss plates.' At p. 203, is a reproduction by a special process from a drawing in water-colours by John Leech...at p. 93, an unpublished drawing by Phiz will be found; and at p. 201, of Volume II., an alternative illustration by Phiz is reproduced, as evidence of the care and pain bestowed by him upon his work for the Pickwick Papers" (Editor's Preface, by Charles Plumptre Johnson).

     

    Gimbel B18.



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