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DICKENS, CHARLES London: Chapman and Hall, 1837. Marbled boards, matching endpapers. Rebacked, inner hinges re-inforced. Top edge gilt, spine lettered in gilt. Some old crackling of spine leather. Armorial book-plates front endpapers (discussed later in description). Half-title, directions to binder, and 6-line errata page are present. This copy has 24 of 26 flaws as listed by Smith, and 4 of 6 first issue points as listed by Hatton and Cleaver. This copy is also EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED with a thirty-two page collection of the "Thomas Onwhyn Plates" bound-in at the end. These were separately printed by E. Gratton and added to some copies, either placed through the text or as a collection at the end, such as our copy. This copy has the two Buss plates present as well. In all, there are 43 full-page plates, collated complete, by Robert Seymour, Robert Buss, and Hablot Knight Brown (Phiz and Nemo). Some of the plates show peripheral browning, others are much less so. The sign on the illustrated title-page reads "Tony Weller", the foot stool has 6 stripes and the chair 4 stripes. Text is clean throughout with occasional spots of peripheral foxing only. 609pp. + the 32pp. of Onwhyn plates. The book-plates are of Rodman Wanamaker (1863-1928) and his son John. Wanamaker was a New York businessman, heir to the Wanamaker department store empire. He was a patron of the arts, an early proponent of the PGA (Professional Golf Association). a strong supporter of American Indian education and aviation. Eckels p.17, Gimbel A16, Smith 1:3, and Hatton and Cleaver pp1-88. . First Edition, Early State. 1/2 Black Leather. Light Edgewear/No Dust Jacket. Crown Octavo.
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