First Edition, in the Original Monthly PartsCharles Dickens. The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit. With Illustrations by Phiz. London: Chapman and Hall, 1844.
First edition, in the original twenty numbers bound in nineteen monthly parts (January 1843-July 1844). Octavo (8.875 x 5.5625 inches; 227 x 142 mm.). xiv, [1, "Errata"], [1, blank], 624 pages. The "Errata" in Parts XIX/XX is second issue, containing fourteen lines of corrections instead of thirteen. Forty inserted plates, including frontispiece and added vignette title, after etchings by H. K. Browne ("Phiz"). The plates in all parts except XVIII and XIX/XX have tissue guards. The vignette title is in the second state (no priority), signed "Phiz," with "£100" on the signpost, with the first figure "1" blurred, and with six studs in the lid of Pinch's trunk.
Original bluish green wrappers printed in black, with a design by "Phiz" on the outside front wrapper and advertisements on the inside front and inside and outside back wrapper. The "Chuzzlewit Advertiser" is present and complete in all parts, except Part VIII, which lacks pages 3/4. This set is complete with most of the inserted advertisements called for by Hatton and Cleaver, with the following exceptions: Part I lacks the "Wyld's Globes" slip (8 pages) at back; Part V lacks "The Old Sailor's Jolly Boat" ad (2 pages) and the "Prospectus of...Thomas Boys" ad (8 pages) at back; Part VII lacks the rare "Scenes and Incidents of Foreign Travel" slip (2 unnumbered pages) to follow the front wrapper (noted by Hatton and Cleaver in only six copies); Part XI lacks "The 'Pride of London'" booklet by E. Moses & Son (32 pages, plus wrappers) at back; Part XIV lacks the "Baronial Halls" slip to follow the "Advertiser"; Part XVI lacks "The Temple of Fashion" booklet by E. Moses & Son (32 pages, plus wrappers) at back.
Part XVIII has an additional slip not called for, "The Hand-Book to Paris" (4 unnumbered pages) preceding the "Advertiser." "The Foreign Quarterly Review" ad to follow the plates in Part I is on pale blue-green paper; the "Mary-le-Bone Iron Works" ad at back of Part II is on white paper; the "Wedgwood's Manifold Writer" ad at the back of Part III is bound with "Wedgwood's Highly Improved Noctograph" on the recto. The inside back wrapper of Part XIX/XX is second issue, with two additional lines added at the foot/Part XIX/XX has second issue back wrapper, with two additional lines added at the foot of the inside back wrapper: "A few copies in splendid scarlet binding, adapted to the drawing-room table, or forming an elegant souvenir." The back wrapper of Part I has been supplied from a Part VII; the back wrapper of Part VII has been supplied from a Part I; and the back wrapper of Part IX has been supplied apparently from a Part XVIII of Our Mutual Friend, with "The New Autumn Fashions" (Grant & Gask) on the inside and "Foreigners and Visitors to London, etc." (H. J. & D. Nicoll) on the outside. With a few exceptions, the wrappers are lightly soiled and worn, with some tears. All parts have been skillfully rebacked. The outer edge of most front wrappers have been strengthened on the verso or have short tears repaired on the verso, sometimes affecting the text or image. The back wrapper of Parts III and V are torn across and repaired. Front wrapper of Part I darkened and repaired at outer edge and lower corner; Front wrapper of Part VI with small piece torn from outer edge and two short repaired tears; Front wrapper of Part XV with tiny portion of lower corner torn away and with a few minor scuff marks. Parts XIX/XX with paper repair to outer edge of front wrapper, and short horizontal tear to back wrapper. Two small dark ink stains on the front wrapper of Parts VIII and
The text is generally very slightly browned, with occasional light foxing and/or marginal soiling, a few small mostly marginal stains. In some parts there is slight wear and darkening at the edges, several leaves with tiny edge tears. Leaf M2 (pages 163/164) in Part VI with a diagonal crease in the lower blank margin. Upper corner of RR2 (pages 611/612) in Part XIX/XX with a slight crease, affecting the pagination on page 612. Short tear to the upper margin of P8 (pages 223/224) in Part VII. Several leaves have been roughly opened: in particular, leaves D7 and D8 (pages 45/46 and 47/48) in Part II; Q7 and Q8 (pages 237/238 and 239/240) in Part VIII; leaves EE5 and EE6 (pages 425/426 and 427/428) and FF5-FF8 (pages 441-448) in Part XIV; OO7 and OO8 (pages 573/574 and 575/576) in Part XVIII; RR5 and RR6 (pages 617/618 and 619/620) and "List of Plates" and "Errata" leaves (pages [xiii]-xiv and [xv-xvi]) in Part XIX/XX. With the exception of the plates in Parts III and XV, which are very browned, with considerable offsetting, the plates are generally very slightly browned, especially at the edges, but clean. Short tear (one-half inch) to the outer edge of each plate in Part VII, a few additional plates with tiny edge tears. Early ink signature of "W. Wilkinson" at head of front wrapper of each part except Part XV. Part I with bookplate of Isabelle Corwith Cramer on the blank verso of the "Tea" ad at back. A very good copy of this title in parts. Protected in a green cloth chemise and dark green morocco drop back box lined with silk and with button clasp. From the Victor Gulotta Collection.
Eckel, pages 71-73. Gimbel A71. Hatton and Cleaver, pages 185-224. Smith, Dickens, I, 7.
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