DICKENS. FIRST EDITION IN THE ORIGINAL PARTS. (DICKENS, CHARLES), "Boz". The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby. London (Chapman and Hall) 1838-39. [i.e., April 1838-October 1839].
8:o (about 225x142 mm) . [i-vii], viii-x, [xi], xii-xiv, [xv], xvi, , 2-624. 39 engraved plates by Phiz and the famous frontispiece portrait engraved by Finden after Maclise.
First edition, very early issue in the original monthly parts, twenty numbers bound in nineteen.
Later red cloth box, somewhat worn, faded spine. Bookplate of Albert M. Cohn.
Hatton - Cleaver pp. 129-160; Smith I:5.
Set collates complete, lacking just a few advertisements - the very rare "Joseph Amesbury Patent Supports" folded advertisement at the back of part III and National Loan Fund: "This day is Published..." in part VIII; Part XI lacks the small yellow strip at back; With he equally rare and fragile "Hill's Seal Wafer's" advertisement at the back of Part XIX/XX. Parts II and VIII contain the two 18 page "Mechi's Catalogues" and part XIX/XX does have the Valentine Fox Specimen Illustration facing page 6 of the Tyas's Popular Publications 6 page advertisement at rear. Text with the major points "visiter" and "latter" uncorrected in Parts IV and V. First state of frontispiece in part XX and all further plates mostly first state, including the first four in parts I & II (typically in second state), with the imprint of Chapman and Hall and first states of plates 16 (part VIII) and 29 (part XV). Publisher's green printed wrappers with all wrappers correct. The wrappers worn, partly damaged spines, 3 harder. The plates are partly foxed, 8 harder.
Provenance: Sten Ringselle (1949-2017), Swedish antiquarian bookdealer who in 1992 opened his shop Antiquaria in Gothenburg.
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