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The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club – 20 Parts in 19 – A NEAR PRIME SET, Having 8 of 11 Points Required

Dickens, Charles First edition in the original monthly parts; 20 parts in 19, original green wrappers. A NEAR PRIME COPY, lacking just 3 of the 11 points required in Eckel's bibliography "The First Editions of the Writings of Charles Dickens." These 11 points are repeated here, with comments: (1) All covers must bear the date 1836 - they do. (2) Parts I and II front wrap must carry the words "With Four Illustrations By Seymour" - they do not. (3) Part III front wrap must have the words "With Illustrations By R. W. Buss - it does not. (4) Part I must have four plates by Seymour, signed and not re-etched by "Phiz" it does. (5) Part II must have three plates by Seymour, signed - it does. (6) Part III must have two plates by Buss - it does. (7) Part IV has the two plates indistinctly signed "Nemo" and not "Phiz." - it does. (8) Parts II, III, X and XV must have the addresses by the author [not present in parts II and III]. (9) Parts XVII, XVIII and XIX/XX must have addresses by the publisher - they do. (10) Plates in parts I to XII must have no captions, but do have page numbers; plates in parts XIII through XIX/XX must have neither captions, nor page numbers - they all conform. (11) The signboard on the vignette title page must read "Tony Veller" and the signature "Phiz Fecit" must surround the tablet at the bottom of frontispiece - they do. So the only points lacking here are the illustrator's names on the front wraps of parts I, II and III, and the Author's Address in parts II and III; but for these, the present copy would be a Prime Copy. Additionally, plates are very good to fine. Neat owner name on front wrap of parts I, II and X. A complete description will be provided upon request. Housed in a classy black quarter-leather slipcase, with chemise. Provenance: the (Thomas) Hatton & Cleaver collection, the Heritage Bookshop, Charles Parkhurst Rare Books, Inc. Armorial bookplate.