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    Charles Dickens. The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby. With Illustrations by Phiz. London: Chapman and Hall, 1839. First edition. Signed and dated by the author in black ink at head of title, "Charles Dickens [flourish] / New Year's Day 1842." Octavo (8.375 x 5.0625 inches; 213 x 128 mm.). [5], viii-xvi, 624 pages. Bound without the half-title. Steel-engraved frontispiece portrait of Charles Dickens by William Finden, after an oil painting by David Maclise, and thirty-nine engraved plates by "Phiz" (Hablot Knight Browne). The frontispiece does not contain the imprint of Chapman and Hall, but the first four plates do. Printer's imprint on verso of title-page and at foot of page 624: London: Bradbury and Evans, Printers, Whitefriars. Late nineteenth-century full olive green hard-grain morocco. Covers with triple blind fillet border with floral corner ornaments; spine ruled in blind with five raised bands and ruled and lettered in gilt in the second compartment; board edges with gilt-dotted rule; gilt inner dentelles; maroon coated endpapers; all edges gilt. Spine and front cover edges faded to olive brown; top three-quarter-inch of front joint rubbed; board edges rubbed. Frontispiece inserted on tissue strip; frontispiece darkened and soiled, with a few faint stains or fox marks; title-page browned around the edges, a few faint stains, and light foxing. Very faint pencil check marks visible on the list of plates. Some edge browning and a few mostly marginal stains. Offsetting from some plates to facing text pages, and also from text pages to both sides of plates. Almost invisibly repair to outer blank margin of plate facing page 188. A beautiful copy in near fine condition. Protected in a beige cloth chemise (signed: R. Patron, Hollywood, CA) and full green morocco slipcase. Together with a Dickens calling card: "Mr. Chas. Dickens / 1 Devonshire Terrace, York Gate, Regents Park." Eckel, pp.64-66; Gimbel (Podeschi) A41; Smith, Dickens, I, 5. From the Collection of James C. Seacrest.

    From the library of Philadelphia financier and bibliophile George Clifford Thomas (1839-1909), with his armorial bookplate, engraved by J. W. Spenceley, and dated 1902, on front pastedown. This bookplate is described on pages 44-45 of A Descriptive Checklist of the Etched & Engraved Book-Plates by J. Winfred Spenceley, With notes and introduction by Pierre de Chaignon la Rose (Boston: The Troutsdale Press, 1905), page 44-45. Old catalogue description on verso of front free endpaper: "173 Dickens' own copy, with the following inscription in his autograph on the title: Charles Dickens, New Year's Day, 1842." Pencil note on verso of the title-page: "Rare Books / D56 / L62."

    This copy is listed in Book-Prices Current: Record of the Prices at Which Books have been sold at auction, from December, 1896, to November 1897. Vol. XI. (London: Elliot Stock,1898), May 12th and three following days, 1897, Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge, A Selection from the Library of James Salkeld Burra, and Other Properties, Lot 2967 (page 241): "Dicken (C.) Nicholas Nickleby, first edition, portrait and plates by 'Phiz,' Dickens' own copy with the following inscription in his autograph on the title: 'Charles Dickens, New Year's Day, 1842,' morocco extra, gilt edges, 1839, 8vo. (173)" to B. F. Stevens, £7 10s.

    More Information: This copy does not appear in the Catalogue of the More Important Books, Autographs and Manuscripts in the Library of George C. Thomas (Philadelphia, 1907): "This Catalogue has been compiled simply for purpose of affording an idea of the character and scope of the Books, Manuscripts and Autograph Letters contained in the Library of Mr. George C. Thomas. It may be of interest, by way of preface, to state a few facts concerning the Library itself. There are about twenty eight hundred volumes of all kinds, the majority bound in full leather. The Dickens Collection, comprising every Dickens item in its original condition, each contained in a separate morocco case, is probably the most complete as a collection, but the collection of Cruikshankiana is also very complete, and there are the usual full sets of the best editions of standard authors. The autographs are inlaid to appropriate size and are contained in Paris Bindings with the general idea of keeping the letters of representatives of each period together. There are many extra illustrated books...Those who know Mr. Thomas, and are aware of his indomitable energy, will not be surprised that he should have been able, engaged as he was in active business, to find time to gather so great a collection of rarities, but they who collect books will appreciate the fact that only an innate love for the books themselves could have added the personal note which makes the Collection what it is, and the writer can only hope that anyone who has seen the Library may find in this little book something which may recall to him what must have been a most delightful experience."

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