Oliver Twist

Charles DICKENS

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DICKENS, Charles. Oliver Twist; Or, the Parish Boy's Progress. By "Boz." London: Richard Bentley, 1838. Three volumes. Octavo, early 20th-century full dark red morocco gilt, raised bands, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt; original cloth bound in. Housed in a custom cloth slipcase. $9000.

First edition, first issue, of Dickens' classic, with the "Fireside" plate and "Boz" title pages, beautifully bound in full morocco-gilt by Bayntun (Riviere).

"When Bentley decided to publish Oliver in book form before its completion in his periodical, Cruikshank had to complete the last few plates in haste. Dickens did not review them until the eve of publication and objected to the Fireside plate which depicted Oliver at Rose Maylie's knee [Volume III, p. 313]… Dickens had Cruikshank design a new plate… This Church plate was not completed in time for incorporation into the early copies of the book, but it replaced the Fireside plate in later copies… Dickens not only objected to the Fireside plate, but also disliked having 'Boz' on the title page. He voiced these objections prior to publication and the plate and title page were changed between November 9 and 16" (Smith, 35). Bound with half titles (Volumes I and II only) and publisher's ads. Smith 4 (especially note 3). Eckel, 51-60.

With the usual embrowning to the Fireside plate. About-fine condition.

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