The life and adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit, his relatives, friends, and enemies : comprising all his wills and his ways : with an historical record of what he did, and what he didn't : knowing, moreover, who inherited the family plate, who came in for t
DICKENS, Charles (1812-1870)
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London: Chapman and Hall [from 1843], 1860. Later Issue of the First Edition in book form, in original format, of "arguably Dickens's funniest novel," and one of his personal favorites. (Literary Encyclopedia) illustrated by Phiz (Hablot K. Browne). Demy 8vo (219 x 131mm): xiv,,624pp, with frontispiece portrait of Dickens (engraved by Finden from a painting by D. Maclise), vignette (engraved) title page, and 38 further full-page plates, some signed "Phiz." Publisher's olive green diaper cloth, covers blocked in blind in chain-link design, spine lettered in gilt. coated pale yellow end papers. Spine browned (through pleasingly so) but gilt bright, pages clean and unmarked, plates fresh and bright, trivial rubbing to cloth, but remarkably well preserved. Smith I, 7. Eckel, p.72-73. Grolier (Dickens) 125. The later issue noted by Smith (c. 1860), with six of ten errata pages corrected, vignette and regular (printed) title pages undated, Chapman and Hall's Piccadilly address, and Bradford, Agnew, and Co. listed as printer. Issued originally in 20 monthly parts (bound in 19), beginning January, 1843, and concluding with Nos. XIX and XX double issue, in July, 1844. Martin Chuzzlewit "is a work transitional between the loosely plotted comedy of The Old Curiosity Shop (1840-41) and the more tightly plotted social criticism of Dombey and Son (1846-48), built around the tale of the misanthropic and selfish Martin Chuzzlewit. (Literary Encyclopedia) Critics generally agree that while Martin Chuzzlewit is loosely plotted, it more than compensates in its brilliant character development and descriptive prose. Dickens judged it one of his best novels, though it was one of his least popular. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.). First Edition thus. Fine-.