London: Chapman and Hall, 1839.
With Illustrations by Phiz. London: Chapman and Hall, 1839 [i.e., April 1838-October 1839].
First edition in the original monthly parts, twenty numbers bound in nineteen. Octavo. [i-vii]viii-x[xi]xii-xiv[xv]xvi, 2-624. Complete with all ads and inserts. Thirty-nine engraved plates by Phiz and the famous frontisportrait, engraved by Finden after Maclise in the first state with the publisher's imprint at bottom. Also with an additional copy of plate number 38. Plates are first state in parts I and II with the imprint. Part VIII, plate 16 with number "2" engraved at lower right. Part XII, Plate 23 with "Mr."and in part XV, the second impression of plate 29. With all first issue text as called for, with "visiter" and "latter" uncorrected in Parts IV and V. With the very rare "Tilt" slip in Part XI and the eight page Amesbury's ad in the back of Part III, laid in. Also with the "Reading Club" insert in part III. Includes the very rare and fragile "Hill’s Wafer’s" ad in Part XIX/XX. This set has two extra ads in part XV (eight pages of "Thurnam's Library" and four pages of "Martindale & Son") and an extra ad for "Gulliver’s Travels" in part XIX/XX. No "Mary Ashby" slip in Part XVI as usual, which is not required to be complete. ("Mary Ashby" slip is an after-insertion by the publisher and considered a non-essential item).
Original green printed wrappers. Wrappers generally quite bright, although some are chipped at ends of spine. Some occasional restoration to spines. Front wrapper of Pat I with a neatly repaired tear. The plates are very good, with just slight browning and foxing. Frontispiece and Engraved title, with more heavy foxing. A small bookseller stamp on front wrapper of part XV. An excellent, complete set of this early title in the original parts. Housed in a half blue morocco clamshell.
Hatton and Cleaver, 131-160. Smith, Dickens, 5.