"Poetry makes life what lights and music do the stage": FIRST EDITION of the Original Parts OF DICKENS’ The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club

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The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club.


Item Number: 98952

London: Chapman and Hall, 1836-37.

First edition in the original parts, 20 numbers in 19 parts of one of Dickens’ greatest works. Octavo, original pictorial wrappers, illustrated with 43 engraved plates by Seymour and Phiz. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. In very good condition, mixed issues. A very nice nice.

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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