The world has seen many talented wordsmiths in literature, but few can hold a candle to Charles Dickens, especially when it comes to bleakness, poverty and injustice. Read on to experience some real Dickensian classics from the suffering endured in The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby and Oliver Twist to the changing world of A Tale of Two Cities.

Sketches by Boz

Sketches by Boz

Illustrated by George Cruikshank. London: Chapman & Hall, 1837-1839. [In twenty monthly serial parts.] Original pictorial pink wrappers. (#; 20 parts. First Appearance in serial form of Dickens's first book, a collection of sketches. Dickens wrote a total of fifty-nine different sketches by "Boz," and all but seven of them appeared in six different periodicals during the years 1833-1836; the other seven first appeared in book form. The serialization was a new experiment -- as this was not a novel involving "cliff-hanger" breaks in text, but rather a collection of largely-unrelated sketches.
£ 15,192.71

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The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Cub (The Pickwick Papers)

The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Cub (The Pickwick Papers)

The illustrated edition of 1930, bound most spectacularly by Riviere and Sons, with elabarately intertwined gilt ruled borders with hearts and decorations, surrounding an onlay in colored leathers, ornately depicting the illustration on page 134 "Take This Little Villain away." Full gilt spine and inner dentelles, marbled silk doublures, all edges gilt. This copy would be fine, save for the margins of tanning to the edges of the end pages, due to the dentelles. There is also a genle crack beginning at the corner between spine and front board. Still a magnificent copy.
£ 901.26

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Bleak House

 

Bleak House

Published in London by Bradbury & Evans in 1853. First Edition, indicated by publisher's name Bradbury & Evans on the title page, in original cloth. This copy has the date in gilt at the tail of the spine and includes the half title page. Book very good, weak hinges, soiling on some pages, and previous owner's signature on the front paste-down. No DJ as issued. Book comes in specially made cloth slipcase.
£ 2,060.03

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The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby

 

The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby

Chapman and Hall, London, 1838. H.K. Brown ('Phiz') (illustrator). 1838-39. 20 parts in 19, ALL first issue. There is no better way to experience Dickens as the public experienced it 165 years ago. Fascinating for all the wonderful advertisements included. You could pick one of these up at the railway station or newsstand and this serialization format left the reader eagerly awaiting the next instalment. The first true edition. Dickens actually wrote the parts as they were issued, enabling him to gauge public reaction and alter his ideas accordingly. A brilliant marketing concept well ahead of its time!
£ 1,156.19

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A Christmas Carol

 

Anemone II; Bisard D'angleterre

Illustrated by Arthur Rackham. London: William Heinemann; Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott Co., (1915). Limited edition; one of 525 copies numbered and signed by Arthur Rackham. Twelve color plates mounted on grey paper, all with facing tissue-guards with printed captions, and black and white text illustrations. Quarto. xv,[1],147 pp. Bound in full vellum; gilt lettering and decoration to spine and upper board and illustrated endpapers, all by Rackham; top-edge trimmed and gilt, other edges untrimmed. Lacks the ribbon ties, else a fine and fresh copy. Housed in a lightly soiled, fleece-lined, beige cloth slipcase. A highly desirable edition of this Christmas classic.
£ 2,804.21

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Oliver Twist

 

Corona Imperialis

A handsome With Twenty-four Illustrations on Steel, by George Cruikshank. A New Edition, Revised and Corrected. London: Published for the Author by Bradbury & Evans, 1846. Original blindstamped violet-grey cloth with spine pictorially decorated in gilt. First English One-Volume Edition, the first with the text substantially revised by Dickens.This copy is bound from the parts (with stab-holes evident), and is still in the original publisher's cloth binding, with gilt wreath on the front cover and with three W gilt pictorial vignettes on the spine. A typically, this copy has not been "sophisticated" with repairs or restoration -- it is just as it was when issued, about 160 years ago. Condition is close to fine (some foxing on the plates, spine faded as always to a blue grey, a few faint droplet-marks on the covers). This first one-volume edition is quite uncommon (as are the 1846 serial parts)
£ 1,802.52

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