Oliver Twist; or, The Parish Boy’s Progress.

First Edition, First Issue of Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist; Finely bound by Bayntun Bindery

Oliver Twist; or, The Parish Boy’s Progress.

DICKENS, Charles.


Item Number: 122472

London: Richard Bentley, 1838.

First edition, first issue of Dickens’ classic work. Octavo, three volumes, bound in full morocco by Bayntun, gilt and tooling titles to the spine, raised bands, portrait of Dickens in gilt to the front panel of each volume, gilt signature of Dickens to the rear panel of each volume, top edge gilt, marbled endpapers, inner dentelles, with 24 plates by George Cruikshank, original cloth bound at the rear of each volume. In fine condition. Housed in a custom slipcase. An exceptional example.

"Dickens turned in Oliver Twist to the novel of crime and terror Some characters are drawn with humorous realism, but for the most part humor is dimmed by gloomy memories of the author’s own neglected childhood and sensational scenes are shrouded in an atmosphere genuinely eerie and sinister That Dickens shared with his contemporaries the conviction that the novel should be an instrument of social reform is evident in Oliver Twist" (Baugh).

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