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  1. First edition, limited to 2000 copies; 3 vols, 12mo (166 x 100 mm); half-titles present including half-title to volume I (P6, final leaf) inserted at front, some spotting and browning, very occasionally more pronounced, small, closed vertical tears to lower margins of pp 85-87 of vol. II, the first touching four lines of text, without loss, 1 page with blank integral leaf; gift inscription to title of vol. I, letter tipped in at front of vol. I; mid-19th-century reddish brown half roan gilt over cloth, rubbed, upper joints slightly cracked and upper joint to volume I weak but holding, in all a very good set.

  2. First edition in book form, early issue (with 'visiter' for 'sister' on p.u 123, 'latter' for 'letter', p. 160; 'flys' for 'flies', p. 245; 'visiters' for 'visitors', p. 272, 'incontestible' for 'incontestable' p. 297; 'suprise' for 'surpise' p. 586) but only first and second plates with imprint of Chapman and Hall, therefore frontispiece, the third and fourth plates, are second issue (cf. Smith I, 5, p. 42) ; 8vo (215 x 140 mm); half-title, engraved portrait of Dickens after Daniel Maclise (mildly spotted), 39 engraved plates by H.K. Browne [Phiz], bottom of plate opposite p. 25 reinforced at gutter, small hole repair to inner margin of plate opposite p. 322,toning and sporadic spotting to some plates and printed title but compared to most copies, relatively clean and bright; later half tan calf over marbled boards gilt, with matching endpapers and edges, mild wear at commensurate with age, otherwise a very handsome copy.

    some minor toning and a few spots to plates, portrait of Dickens spotted (as usual) with transfer onto title-page opposite, plate 37 ('The breaking up at Dotheby's Hall') bound out of sequence after p. 620, small closed tears to list of plates professionally repaired at outer margin, very small loss to upper corner of pp. 501-502 (not affecting text);

  3. First edition, first issue; 8vo (220 x 150 mm); 16 engraved plates (including additional title and frontispiece) by Hablot K. Browne, very occasional light spotting to plates but in the main, unusually clean and bright; near-contemporary half-calf over marbled boards, matching endpapers and edges, worn and rubbed at extremities but sound; otherwise a very good copy indeed.

  4. Second edition; 2 vols, 8vo (200 x 130 mm); portrait frontispiece to volume 1 (2nd state, 1st issue), 4 engraved maps, 2 engraved plans, woodcut head and tailpieces, volume 2 lacking preliminary advertisement leaf, first few gatherings (pp 1-23) of volume 2 heavily damp-stained, scattered spotting; 19th-century speckled calf gilt, red morocco title labels, boards bordered in gilt, rubbed, otherwise a good set.

  5. First book edition; 8vo (219 x 148 mm): half-title, etched frontispiece, title-page vignette (earlier state with date), dedication leaf, 37 (o f 38) further plates, lacking plate at p. 386 (probably a publishing error, since no evidence of excision), plate at p.182 misbound after p.112, some foxing, more so to preliminary pages and browning at extremities, otherwise very good; nineteenth century calf gilt by J. Rimell, spines with raised bands in six gilt compartments, morocco labels in second and fourth compartments, gilt edges, marbled endpapers, inner dentelles, lower joint starting to split at head of spine but sound.

  6. Eighth edition, corrected and revised; 2 vols, 4to; engraved portrait frontispiece; contemporary sprinkled calf gilt, red and black morocco labels, an excellent set.

  7. The eighth edition; corrected and revised, 2 vols, 4to, engraved portrait frontispiece, contemporary diced russia, neatly rebacked preserving spines, an excellent set.

  8. 7 vols, 12mo; 15 engraved plates, marbled paper at pages 323 & 324 vol i, contemporary full calf gilt, red, green, and burgundy labels, a fine set.

  9. First edition thus; 11 vols, 8vo; engraved portrait frontispiece, scattered light foxing, slight offsetting to title, previous ownership inscriptions to title and front pastedown of vol I; contemporary marbled calf, spines elaborately gilt with morocco labels, gilt lettering to spine, corners slightly rubbed, otherwise a very good set.

  10. [Text in Greek] First edition, 9 parts in one vol, 4to; title and praefatio in Latin, half-title, index, scattered light foxing; contemporary red morocco gilt, raised bands, gilt stamps to boards, all edges gilt, a fine copy; [6], 1073, [3]pp.



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