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    Charles Dickens. The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit. London: 1844. First edition, first issue.

    More Information: Charles Dickens. The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit. London: Chapman and Hall, 1844. First edition, first issue. Octavo. xiv, [2], 624 pages. Frontispiece, vignette title-page and thirty-eight additional inserted plates. Publisher's original diagonal-grain blue cloth; front and back stamped in blind; spine stamped in blind and gilt. Light yellow endpapers. Edges rough-trimmed. In custom turquoise cloth slipcase. Minor shelf wear at extremities of binding; very light bumping to corners and back fore-edge; spine and edges of boards faintly toned; repairs to front and back inner hinges just visible from exterior; some mild dark soiling to boards; small whitish splash at fore-edge of front board, a bit to back board. Slight softening to corners and edges of text block. Tiny chip out of fore-edge of front free, out of top of back free endpapers. Brown spotting to frontispiece and inserted title-page; less spotting to some other plates, with slight toning to edges. Light wear to extremities of slipcase. Evidence of dog-earing throughout text block. Former owner inscriptions to front endpapers. Near fine. With transposed "£" on engraved title-page, confirming first issue. Fourteen-line errata leaf. Eckel pp. 72-73; Smith 7. From the Collection of Jerome P. O'Connor.

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