First Edition in Original Cloth with 24 Engraved Plates
DICKENS, Charles. Oliver Twist. By Charles Dickens. Author of "The Pickwick Papers." In Three Volumes. Vol. I [II, III]. London: Richard Bentley , 1838.
First edition, later issue. With "Charles Dickens" on the title-page and the "Church" plate. This set having the earlier state of volume III "Charles Dickens" edition, with the words "pilaster" twice instead of "pier" on page 164. Three octavo volumes (8 x 5 inches; 200 x 125 mm). Volumes I and III in twelves and II in eights. [iv], [1]-331, [1, blank], [4, publisher's ads]; [iv], [1]-307, [1, blank]; [2, publisher's ads], [2], [1]-315, [1, blank] pp. With half-titles to volumes I & II, no half-title called for in Volume III. And with all publisher's advertisements. With all internal flaws according to Smith present except 5 in volume III which as only in "some copies." Without the illustration list in volume I (not found in many copies). With twenty-four inserted engraved plates by George Cruikshank, including frontispieces.

Original moderate reddish brown fine-diaper cloth, front and back covers stamped in blind with an arabesque design. Spine lettered (Oliver Twist/Boz) and ruled in gilt (with gilt London/Bentley imprint). Original pale yellow coated endpapers. Spines a bit sunned. Some shelf wear to head and tale of the spines. Some very light fading to edges of cloth. Rear inner hinge of volume I partially cracked but holding firm. Previous owner's old ink signature dated "September 27, 1844" on front free endpaper of each volume. Previous owner's bookplate on front pastedown of volume I only. Some toning and foxing to plates and a bit of offsetting from them. Overall a very good set. Housed in a custom cloth slipcase.

For this novel, Dickens’s first in the standard three-volume form, Bentley divided the printing task between two firms: Volume I was printed in a twelvemo format by Samuel Bentley; Volume II in octavo format by Whiting; and Volume III preliminaries and signatures A-F and probably G by Whiting with the remaining text by Samuel Bentley, again in twelvemo format. The three-decker publication date was 9 November 1839, and within a week, at Dickens’s insistence, the title-pages were changed to include his name, and the “Church” version of the final plate (“Rose Maylie and Oliver”) was substituted for the “Fireside” version.

Gimbel. Hatton and Cleaver,. Smith, Dickens,4.

HBS # 67969 $3,000