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    Little Dorrit in Parts

    Charles Dickens. Little Dorrit. London: Bradbury and Evans, 1855-1857. First edition, in the original twenty numbers bound in nineteen monthly parts (December 1855-June 1857). Octavo. xiv, 625, [1, blank] pages. Forty inserted plates, including frontispiece and added vignette, after etchings by "Phiz" [pseudonym of Halbot K. Browne]. Twenty-seven of the plates are horizontal plates, including eight "dark" plates. Some plates with tissue guards. First issue text, with "Rigaud" for "Blandois" on pages 469, 470, 472, and 473 in Part XV, and with the subsequent correction slip in Part XVI. This set collates complete, with almost all wrappers correct (the back wrapper from Part XIX/XX is supplied from a Part XIV), all "Little Dorrit Advertisers," all back ads, and all slips. Original blue wrappers printed in black with a design by "Phiz" on the outside front wrappers, and advertisements (Edmiston & Son) on the inside front wrappers and on the inside (W. G. Taylor, Outfitter and Haberdasher) on the outside and (William S. Burton, Ironmonger) back wrappers. Previous owner's ink signature at the head of the front wrapper of part XVII. Housed in a green cloth clamshell case lettered in gilt on the spine. The spine of the slipcase is very slightly faded. Overall, a very good set. Little Dorrit was first published in book form on May 30, 1857. Eckel, pages 82-85. Gimbel A140. Hatton and Cleaver, pages 305-333. Smith, Dickens, I, 12.

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    In Part XI, the "Cassell's Illustrated Almanack, for 1857" ad at back is a variant not mentioned in Hatton and Cleaver, with "Cod Liver Oil Superseded by Baron Sonvillie's Axtra Mankaz" on page [3], followed by testimonials on pages 3, 4, 5, and 6, with "John Cassell's Coffees" at the foot of page 6, "The American Sugar-Coated Pills" on page 7, and "Taylor's Specific Liniment" on page 8.

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