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    First Edition, in the Original Parts, with the Suppressed Plates by R. W. Buss

    Charles Dickens. The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club. With Forty-Three Illustrations, by R. Seymour and Phiz [and R. W. Buss]. London: Chapman and Hall, 1837.

    First edition, in the original twenty numbers bound in nineteen monthly parts (April 1836-November 1837). Octavo (8.75 x 5 inches; 241 x 140 mm.). xiv, [1, "Directions to the Binder"], [1, "Errata"], 609, [1, blank] pages. Forty-three inserted etched plates, including frontispiece and added vignette title, by Robert Seymour, H. K. Browne ("Phiz"), and R. W. Buss.

    Original green wrappers printed in black with a design by Robert Seymour on the outside front wrappers, and advertisements on the inside front and inside and outside back wrappers. Some wear and soiling. Several wrappers neatly rebacked or with expert paper repairs to spines. Some light foxing and edge-browning to the text and plates. Overall, a very good set. Housed in a green cloth chemise and full dark green straight-grain morocco pull-off case, the spine lettered in gilt with five raised bands.

    Wrappers for eleven parts are first issue (Parts V, VII, X, XI, XIV-XIX/XX). Most numbers have either first or mixed points of text. Part III has the "suppressed plates" by Buss. This set lacks most of "The Pickwick Advertisers," as well as many of the other inserted advertisements and announcement slips noted in Hatton and Cleaver. Three out of seven "Addresses" are present as called for. A part-by-part collation is available online at HA.com/6053-46018. From the Victor Gulotta Collection.

    Eckel, pages 17-58. Gimbel A15. Hatton and Cleaver, pages 3-88. Johannsen, pages 1-75. Smith, Dickens, I, 3.


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    Part-by-part collation:

     

    Part I: Later issue wrappers (ink signature at head of front wrapper: "Thomas Kingston / July 29 / 1837"). Lacks the extremely rare eight-page slip announcing works published by Chapman and Hall at front (as usual). Shows signature E on p. 25 and pagination on p. 26 (third issue, earlier states extremely rare). Text is second state. The plates are the first state of the second Seymour plate.

     

    Part II: Later issue wrappers. No ads called for. Lacks the extremely rare "Address" on the death of Seymour. All text points in Hatton and Cleaver are second state. All plates are first state.

     

    Part III: Later issue wrappers. Lacks "The Pickwick Advertiser" and the back ads. Lacks the "Address." Text points per Hatton and Cleaver in second state. Has the "suppressed" plates "Drawn & Etched by R. W. Buss."

     

    Part IV: Later issue wrappers (small bleached area at the outer edge of the back wrapper). Lacks "The Pickwick Advertiser" (no back ads called for). Text points per Hatton and Cleaver in second state. The plates are the second state of the original plate.

     

    Part V: First issue wrappers. Lacks "The Pickwick Advertiser" at the front and the "Rowland's Kalydor and Macassar Oil" ad at back. Text per Hatton and Cleaver in first state. The plates are first state. Short tear to the outer margin of each plate and to the first four leaves of text (pages 115-122).

     

    Part VI: Later issue wrappers. Lacks "The Pickwick Advertiser" (no back ads called for). Text with second state points per Hatton and Cleaver. The plates are second state.

     

    Part VII: First issue wrappers. Lacks "The Pickwick Advertiser" and the back ads. Text points in second state per Hatton and Cleaver. The plates are first state.

     

    Part VIII: Later issue wrappers. Lacks "The Pickwick Advertiser" and the back ads. Text points in mixed state per Hatton and Cleaver (page 225 is first state, page 233 is second state). The plates are first state. 

     

    Part IX: Later issue wrappers. Lacks "The Pickwick Advertiser" and the back ads. Text points in mixed state per Hatton and Cleaver (page 261 is second state, the other two are first), except for the exceptionally rare early mis-signing N2 at X2 (as usual). The plates are first state.

     

    Part X: First issue wrappers. "The Pickwick Advertiser" is complete (with page 10 reset, with "The Poetical Wreath" instead of "No. 1.of the Lions of London"). Back ads complete (with an  additional "John James Rippon Furnishing Ironmongery Warehouses" ad (4 pages) from part XV, not called for in this part). The "Address" is present in the rare first issue (without any punctuation after "performance"). No text points. The plates are from the second plate.

     

    Part XI: First issue wrappers (ink signature mostly erased from front wrapper). "The Pickwick Advertiser" is complete (no back ads called for). No text points. The plates are from the first plate.

     

    Part XII: First issue wrappers (ink signature on front wrapper). Lacks "The Pickwick Advertiser" at front and the "Mechi's" slip (18 pages plus wrappers) at back. Text in first state. The plates are the first state of the first plate.

     

    Part XIII: Later issue wrappers (ink stamp on front wrapper: "W. Pocock's, / Cheap Magazine / Warehouse, / No 8, Bridge Street / Bath"). Lacks the extremely rare "Pigot's Coloured Views" ad and "The Pickwick Advertiser" at front and the back ads. Text second state as called for in Hatton and Cleaver. The plates are from the first plate.

     

    Part XIV: First issue wrappers. "The Pickwick Advertiser" is complete. Back ads complete. Text is first state. The plates are from first plate.

     

    Part XV: First issue wrappers (ink note on back wrapper). "The Pickwick Advertiser" is complete. Back ads complete (The "Royal Beulah Spa & Gardens" ad is on green paper). The "Address" to follow the plates is correct and complete. No text points. Plate No. 32 is first plate; plate No. 33 is second plate.

     

    Part XVI: First issue wrappers (ink stamp on front wrapper: "W. Pocock's, / Cheap Magazine / Warehouse, / No 8, Bridge Street / Bath"). Lacks "The Pickwick Advertiser" (no back ads called for). No text points. Plate No. 34 from second plate; plate No. 35 from first plate. The last two leaves of text (pages 495/496 and 497/498) have been roughly opened.

     

    Part XVII: First issue wrappers. "The Pickwick Advertiser" is correct and complete. Lacks the very rare inset ad (only seen in two copies). Rear ads are complete. The "Address" to follow the plates is correct. No text points. Plate No. 36 is from the second plate; plate No. 37 is from the first plate.

     

    Part XVIII: First issue wrappers. "The Pickwick Advertiser" is complete. The back ads are complete (with fourth variant of "Simpson's Herbal Pills" ad). The "Address" to follow the plates is correct. No text points. The plates are from the second plate.

     

    Part XIX/XX: First issue wrappers. "The Pickwick Advertiser" is correct and complete, with "1838" corrected on page 7 (second state). The back ads are correct and complete ("Lashmar & Bellingham's New Tea Warehouse" is the third issue, and "Simpson's Herbal Pills" is the first variant, with the fourth line in the fourth paragraph ending: "at all in"). The "Address" to follow the plates is correct. Preliminaries correct. No text points. Plate No. 40 is from Hatton and Cleaver's third plate (Johannsen's plate B1), plate No. 41 is from Hatton and Cleaver's third plate (Johannsen's plate B1), and plates No. 42 (frontispiece) and No. 43 (vignette title) are from the first plate.



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