London: Chapman and Hall, 1837. Item #05091
A Fine Extra-Illustrated First Edition of 'Pickwick Papers'
In a Handsome Cosway-Style Binding with Two Fine Miniatures
[COSWAY-STYLE BINDING]. BAYNTUN-RIVIÈRE, binders. 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, early issue in book form of Dickens’s first novel. Extra illustrated by the insertion of Pictures Picked from the Pickwick Papers by Alfred Crowquill (Alfred Henry Forrester) [London: Ackermann & Co., 1837] Forty hand-colored etched plates; and Thirty-Two Illustrations to Pickwick by Onwhyn , and other eminent Artists. London : J. Newman & Co., .
Octavo (8 1/2 x 5 3/16 inches; 217 x 132 mm.). [iii-v]vi[vii]viii-ix[x-xi]xii-xiv, 2-609. Complete with half-title and the 'directions to the binder' leaf. Forty-three inserted engraved plates by Phiz and Seymour (including the first states of the frontispiece and vignette title), with the Phiz replacement plates for the two Buss plates, 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.
Bound ca. 1940 in full dark blue crushed levant morocco over beveled boards by by Bayntun (Rivière), stamp-signed in gilt on the front turn-in. Covers ruled and decoratively bordered in gilt, each with a fine hand-painted oval miniature set under glass, the front cover with a portrait of a 'Young Dickens', the rear cover with a portrait of an 'Older Dickens'.
Spine with five raised bands, decoratively tooled and lettered in gilt in compartments. Gilt-ruled board edges and wide turn-ins, clue watered silk liners and endleaves, all edges gilt. Spine a little faded otherwise fine.
The text with the majority of the Hatton and Cleaver first issue points including: “holding” with type loose on p. 260; the correct readings “inde-licate” and “inscription” on p. 341; “S. Veller” uncorrected on p. 342; “this friends” on p. 400; the “F” in “OF” imperfect in the headline on p. 432. Errata uncorrected.
A simply superlative copy of the first edition in an exceedingly attractive binding with the addition of seventy-two extra illustrations.
Smith, Dickens, I, 3.