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    First Issue, with the Two Suppressed Buss Plates

    Charles Dickens. The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club. London: Chapman and Hall, 1837.

    First edition, first issue, per Smith, including "Veller" on the sign of the engraved title page. Octavo. xiv, [xv-xvi, Directions to the Binder / Errata], 609 pages. With forty-two inserted plates, including the seven Seymour plates, the two Buss plates, and the remaining plates by "Phiz" (missing plate 28, called-for at p. 343).

    Handsome three-quarter brown morocco over green buckram, with five raised spine bands. Spine decoratively stamped in gilt with gilt titles. All edges gilt. Marbled endpapers. Minor shelf wear to binding. A few instances of white staining on the buckram. Light abrasions to corners. Spine lightly sunned. Occasional light foxing and spotting to text and plates, but they are mostly in excellent condition. A very good copy of a Dickens classic, with the scarce Buss plates not normally seen with this title.

    "Robert Buss (1804-1875), an artist and established book illustrator...had two fatal flaws. He was older than Dickens and he was inexperienced in the art of etching. Harried by author and publishers to supply two illustrations with all haste, he managed to complete the designs but, feeling uneasy about the etching, he stalled...Buss's illustrations were deemed unacceptable by Dickens and the artist was summarily dismissed" (Valerie Browne Lester. Phiz. The Man Who Drew Dickens, pp. 43-44). From the Victor Gulotta Collection.

    Smith I, 3. Gimbel A15. Hatton and Cleaver, pp. 3-88.

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