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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.

    £30,000
  2. First edition, first impression, trade issue, inscribed by the author; large 8vo; trivial spotting, otherwise unmarked internally; publisher's green cloth, boards decorated in blind, title to spine gilt, pictorial endpapers, tape stain to front free endpaper, spine very rolled; a bright, sharp copy in the price-clipped dust jacket, with a minor piece of internal repair.

    £500
  3. First edition, first impression; 2 vols, 8vo; half titles to both volumes, as called for, 2 pp. publisher's ads at the end of vol. I, 16 pp publisher's catalogue at end of vol. II correctly dated June 1857, Wesley's bookbinder's label to rear paste down of the first volume, all primary issue points; publisher's purple cloth, elaborately tooled in blind to all boards, titles to spines gilt, cream coated endpapers, hinges just a little tender, spines inevitably somewhat faded but a stunning copy, entirely unsophisticated condition and a qenuine rarity thus; housed in an early twentieth century red cloth, solander box.

    £7,500
  4. First edition, first impression of 'Poems', second impression of '1914'; first separate edition of 'A Memoir'; 3 vols, 8vo; publisher's blue cloth, printed paper labels to each spine.

    £875
  5. First edition, first impression; signed by the author, 8vo; 7 plates by W. Graham Robertson and one map, 2pp. advertisements, one or two pages slightly roughly opened, a few short marginal tears; publisher's grey cloth, decoration and titles to upper board and spine in black and red, grey topstain, bookplate to front paste down, contemporary gift inscription to early blank leaf, cloth a little dusty, spine somewhat faded, otherwise very good indeed.

    £3,750
  6. First edition, first issue; 8vo (196 x 142 mm, 7¾ x 5½ in); 20pp. publisher's advertisements bound in at end, ink ownership inscriptions to front pastedown and front free endpaper; publisher's dark grey cloth, spine and upper cover gilt-lettered with gilt life buoy design to upper cover, blindstamp to lower cover, leaves uncut, hinges starting to split, extremities slightly rubbed.

    £450
  7. First edition in book form ('latter' for 'letter', p. 160; 'flys' for 'flies', p. 245; 'visiters' for 'visitors', p. 272); 8vo (234 x 154 mm, 12¾ x 6 in); half-title, engraved portrait of Dickens after Daniel Maclise, 39 engraved plates by H.K. Browne [Phiz], frontispiece and first four illustrations in first state with imprint of Chapman and Hall (cf. Smith I, 5, p. 42), 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); publisher's dark olive green cloth, front and back covers stamped in blind, recased with new yellow endpapers, spine slightly sunned, small closed tear at foot, extremities slightly bumped, othewise very good.

    £2,600
  8. 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.

    £1,450
  9. 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.

    £3,750
  10. 30 volumes (complete); 8vo; variously illustrated in black & white by George Cruikshank, G. Cattermole, Robert Seymour and 'Phiz' (Hablot Knight Browne) and others, varying degrees of foxing to most of the preliminary and terminal pages, occasional spotting elsewhere but in the main, bright; contemporary half calf over cockerel paper covered boards, matching endpapers and all edges similarly marbled, spines with very fine gilt, rubbed at extremities, minor abrasions to some edges, otherwise a very good, original set.

    £2,750
 

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