HANDSOME SET OF DICKENS’ WORKS ILLUSTRATED FROM THE ORIGINAL ENGRAVINGS
DICKENS, Charles. The Works… With Introductions, General Essay, and Notes by Andrew Lang. WITH: FORSTER, John. The Life of Charles Dickens. London: Chapman and Hall, 1897-99. Thirty-six volumes. Octavo, contemporary three-quarter tan calf gilt, raised bands, red and green morocco spine labels, marbled boards and endpapers, top edges gilt, uncut and partly unopened. $5800.
The Gadshill Edition of Dickens Works, illustrated with full-page steel-engraved plates from the original illustrations by various artists including Cruikshank, Phiz, Graves, and Tenniel, handsomely bound by Stikeman.
Dickens "in his own realm has always been unrivalled… His sleepless imagination exaggerated the comic side of everything, and developed the suggestions of reality into humorous idealisms far transcending the proportions of ordinary life" (Baker). "Printed from the edition that was carefully corrected by the author in 1867 and 1868" (Podeschi, D140). Also includes John Forster's two-volume Life of Charles Dickens. Gimbel D140. Bookplates.