The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club.

"Poetry makes life what lights and music do the stage": FIRST EDITION in book form OF DICKENS’ The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club; finely bound by morrell

The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club.

DICKENS, Charles.

Item Number: 121551

London: Chapman and Hall, 1837.

First edition in book form of Dickens’ first novel and one of his greatest works. Octavo, bound in full morocco by Morrell with elaborate gilt tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, morocco spine labels lettered in gilt, triple gilt ruling to the front and rear panels, gilt turn-ins and inner dentelles, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers, ribbon bound in, with 43 engraved plates by Seymour and Browne and the two Buss plates which Dickens requested to be removed in subsequent printings on pages 69 and 74. In fine condition. Housed in a custom slipcase. An exceptional example.

Few first novels have created as much popular excitement as The Pickwick Papers – a comic masterpiece that catapulted its twenty-four-year-old author to immediate fame. Readers were captivated by the adventures of the poet Snodgrass, the lover Tupman, the sportsman Winkle and, above all, by that quintessentially English Quixote, Mr Pickwick, and his cockney Sancho Panza, Sam Weller. From the hallowed turf of Dingley Dell Cricket Club to the unholy fracas of the Eatanswill election, via the Fleet debtor’s prison, characters and incidents sprang to life from Dickens’s pen, to form an enduringly popular work of ebullient humour and literary invention.

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