Exceptional Set of Nicholas Nickleby in the Original Parts

    Charles Dickens. The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby. London: Chapman and Hall, 1838-1839. First edition, first issue, in the original parts of one of Dickens' most popular works with "visiter" in Part IV and "latter" in Part V. Twenty parts in nineteen octavo volumes. Illustrated with 39 engraved plates by Hablot K Browne ("Phiz '') and an engraved plate of Dickens after a portrait by Daniel Maclise in the final part. Original printed green wrappers expertly respined. Housed in a cloth chemise and half leather slipcase. Small owner stamps and bookseller stamps on several front wrappers. The wrappers of parts I-III are lightly soiled and worn. With the exception of a few stains, the remaining wrappers are clean and fresh. All spines have been rebacked or neatly repaired. Occasional repairs to wrappers. Overall, a very good copy. From a private collection from New Orleans.

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    The plot, the characters, the dialogue, indeed "everything about [Nickleby] has the feel of theatre; it is as if Dickens saw human life conducted among lights of the stage, making it somehow large and brighter than the reality" (Ackroyd, 283).

    "Some of [the advertisements] are scarce, such as 'Amesbury's Supports' in Part 3 [not present], and particularly 'Hill's Wafers' in Part 19/20. Where the latter is found, it should have affixed, five differently coloured specimen wafers, but it is unusual to see it in a complete state; more often than not, the wafers are lacking" (Hatton and Cleaver, 135). This copy has the rare advertisement, but not the exceptionally rare wafers. Hatton and Cleaver, 131-160. Eckel 64. Smith 40.

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