"The pain of parting is nothing to the joy of meeting again": First Edition of Dickens Nicholas Nickleby
The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby.
Item Number: 99353
London: Chapman and Hall, 1839.
First edition in book form of one of Dickens’ most popular novels, finely bound by Bayntun Bindery. Octavo, bound in red three quarters morocco over boards, gilt titles to the spine, with the steel-engraved frontispiece portrait of Dickens after the painting by David Maclise and engraved plate entitled “Specimen of the Illustrations of Valentine Vox, the Ventriloquist present, illustrated with 39 etchings by Hablot Knight Browne (“Phiz”) including plates 1-4 in the earliest states with the publisher’s imprint. In near fine condition.
The plot, the characters, the dialogue, everything about Nicholas Nickleby "has the feel of theatre; it is as if Dickens saw human life conducted among lights of the stage, making it somehow larger and brighter than the reality" (Ackroyd, 283).