The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club … with forty-three illustrations, by R. Seymour and Phiz. 

London, Chapman & Hall, 1837. 

8vo, pp. [iii]-xiv, [2], 609, with 41 plates; bound without the half-title, plates in first impression with the ‘V’ in the Weller of the engraved title vignette; frontispiece, title, and plates oxidised as usual, minor closed tear in frontispiece; contemporary dark green half roan with non-pareil marbled sides; rubbed and worn, but sound.

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First edition, first issue.  The Pickwick Papers was serialised in twenty parts from April 1836, the novel reaching its conclusion in November 1837, when it was also released as a three-decker.  It was both Dickens’s most popular work and the launch of his relationship with Hablot K. Browne (‘Phiz’), whose illustrations played no small part in the novel’s success. 

Provenance: ownership inscription of ‘C J Dunphie’ to verso of frontispiece.  This is perhaps the Irish poet, author, and art critic Charles James Dunphie (1820–1908; see ODNB and DIB). 

Eckel, pp. 55-58; Smith, Dickens 3. 

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