1844 1st/1st Martin Chuzzlewit Charles Dickens English Lit Satire Illustrated

DICKENS, Charles

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“If I was a painter, and was to paint the American Eagle, how should I do it?”

– Charles Dickens, Martin Chuzzlewit

 

This rare first edition, first issue, was believed by Dickens to be his best work, though it was the least popular of his works. Dickens originally released the story in 20 monthly parts; however, upon realizing its failing popularity, he changed the plot to send the title character, Chuzzlewit, to America. Dickens sought to elaborate on his own views of selfishness in America, and, in doing so, created popularity within a lesser-known character.

 

This first issue meets the expected textual errors, found only in the earliest printings of this work. See below.

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1844 1st/1st Martin Chuzzlewit Charles Dickens English Lit Satire Illustrated

 

“If I was a painter, and was to paint the American Eagle, how should I do it?”

– Charles Dickens, Martin Chuzzlewit

 

This rare first edition, first issue, was believed by Dickens to be his best work, though it was the least popular of his works. Dickens originally released the story in 20 monthly parts; however, upon realizing its failing popularity, he changed the plot to send the title character, Chuzzlewit, to America. Dickens sought to elaborate on his own views of selfishness in America, and, in doing so, created popularity within a lesser-known character.

 

This first issue meets the expected textual errors, found only in the earliest printings of this work. See below.

 

Item number: #4591

Price: $550

 

DICKENS, Charles

 

The life and adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit. With illus. by Phiz.

 

London: Chapman and Hall, 1844. First edition, first issue.

 

Details:

  • Collation: Complete with all pages
    • xiv, [1], 624
    • 40 steel engraved plates including double frontispiece
  • References: Eckel, pp. 71-73; Smith I:7; Jupp, Dickens Collection of Books 308; Grolier, Dickens, 125.
  • First issue points:
    • Vignette title – ‘100£’ sign
      • Eckel: “this was not altered until a number of copies had been printed.”
    • Language: English
    • Binding: Leather; tight and secure
    • Size: ~9in X 5in (22.5cm x 12.5cm)

 

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4591

Category

Literature

Authors

DICKENS, Charles

Printing Date

19th Century

Language

English

Binding

Leather

Book Condition

Excellent

Collation

Complete