DICKENS, CHARLES. 1812-1870. The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club. New York: James Turney, 1838.

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DICKENS, CHARLES. 1812-1870.
The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club. New York: James Turney, 1838.

US$ 4,000 - 6,000
£ 2,900 - 4,300
DICKENS, CHARLES. 1812-1870.
The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club. New York: James Turney, 1838.
20 (of 26) parts. 8vo (249 x 146 mm). 40 (of 42) engraved plates after Robert Seymour, Hablot K. Browne ("Phiz") and Alfred Crowquill. Advertisements for Sketches by Boz on back wrappers of parts 5, 14-18, & 20. Original green pictorial wrappers after the English wrapper design. Custom slipcase. Some foxing throughout, spotting to approximately 15 plates, dampstaining to plates and leaves of parts 4 and 5, 9, wrappers worn and fragile, chipping to spines (a few nearly perished), stain to front wrapper of part 11, back wrapper of part 6 lacking, half of front wrapper of part 16 lacking, still a very good and completely unsophisticated copy.

THE RARE AMERICAN PICKWICK IN ORIGINAL MONTHLY PARTS. Turney's illustrated edition of Pickwick followed closely on the heels of Lea & Blanchard's five-volume Philadelphia edition, issued without illustrations in 1836-37, and appeared the same year as Lea & Blanchard's one-volume edition featuring 19 full-page illustrations. A review in the March 1838 edition of The American Monthly Magazine commented enthusiastically of the parts issue, "we cannot too much commend the enterprise of Mr. Turney in giving us this accurate re-print of the English edition of the Pickwick Papers. The enterprise of publishing works in numbers with plates is a new one in this country and deserves the applause and patronage of the public" (p 288). Exceedingly rare in parts. Wilkins p 9; Yale/Gimbel A17.
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