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    1838 First Edition of Oliver Twist

    Charles Dickens. Oliver Twist; Or, the Parish Boy's Progress. London: Richard Bentley, 1838. First edition, mixed issue, with first-issue "Boz" title pages and twenty-four illustrations by George Cruikshank, including the second-issue "Church" plate. Bound with half titles in Volumes I and II; without Volume III half title. Three octavo volumes. Handsome early 20th-century three-quarter brown morocco gilt by W. Roach, raised bands, marbled boards. Top edges gilt. Housed in a custom half leather clamshell box. Minor rubbing to the bindings. Occasional light foxing. Early owner signatures, including to the title pages of Volumes II and III. A very nice set in very good condition. From a private collection from New Orleans.

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    "When Bentley decided to publish Oliver in book form before its completion in his periodical, Cruikshank had to complete the last few plates in haste. Dickens did not review them until the eve of publication and objected to the Fireside plate which depicted Oliver at Rose Maylie's knee [Volume Ill, page 313]... Dickens had Cruikshank design a new plate [with Rose and Oliver in a church interior] ... This Church plate was not completed in time for incorporation into the early copies of the book, but it replaced the Fireside plate in later copies... Dickens not only objected to the Fireside plate, but also disliked having 'Boz' on the title page. He voiced these objections prior to publication and the plate and title page were changed between November 9 and 16" (Smith, 35). Smith 4 (especially note 3). Eckel, 59-62. Podeschi (Gimbel) A27. Cohn 239.

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