London: Chapman and Hall, 1837. Item #02270
First Edition of 'Pickwick Papers'
In a Handsome Cosway-Style Binding
[COSWAY-STYLE BINDING]. DICKENS, Charles. The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club. With Forty-Three Illustrations, by R. Seymour and Phiz. London: Chapman and Hall, 1837.
First edition in book form.
Octavo (7 15/16 x 4 7/8 in; 201 x 125 mm). [iii-v]vi[vii]viii-ix[x-xi]xii-xiv, 2-609. Forty-three inserted engraved plates by Phiz and Seymour, including the second state of most of the Seymour plates, the Phiz replacement plates for the Buss plates (with captions instead of page numbers below images), and mixed early states of the remaining Phiz plates, all prior to Phiz’s major re-engravings, with the early page numbers instead of the later captions and imprints below the images, including simultaneous steels of the frontispiece and vignette title. As expected in the first edition in book form, the text points are in the second state, showing corrections.
Mid-twentieth-century dark green crushed levant morocco over beveled boards by Sangorski & Sutcliffe for Chas. J. Sawyer Ltd., (stamp-signed on the rear doublure). Covers decoratively paneled in gilt with corner fleurons. Front cover with central circular red morocco inlay with the Charles Dickens monogram in gilt. Spine with five raised bands elaborately decorated and lettered in gilt in compartments. Gilt ruled board edges and decoratively tooled turn-ins. Red morocco doublures decoratively tooled in gilt, red moire silk free endleaves, all edges gilt. Front doublure set with a recessed Cosway-style oval miniature portrait of Dickens, under glass, within a highly decorative gilt and blind tooled frame. Underneath the miniature in gilt is "Charles Dickens / Aet. 27 / After the Painting by Maclise". A very fine copy and a beautiful example of a Cosway-style binding.
A simply superlative copy of the first edition in an exceedingly attractive binding.
Smith, Dickens, I, 3.