HANDSOME SET OF DICKENS' WORKS, ILLUSTRATED FROM THE ORIGINAL ENGRAVINGS
DICKENS, Charles. The Works… With Introductions, General Essay, and Notes by Andrew Lang. WITH: FOSTER, John. The Life of Charles Dickens. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1902. Together, 36 volumes. Octavo, contemporary three-quarter navy morocco gilt, raised bands, marbled boards and endpapers, top edges gilt, uncut. $4800.
American issue of the Gadshill Edition of Dickens Works, illustrated with full-page plates from the original engraved illustrations by various artists including Cruikshank, Phiz, Graves, and Tenniel. Handsomely bound.
Dickens "in his own realm has always been unrivaled… 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). Includes John Forster's Life of Charles Dickens in two volumes.
Some foxing to fore-edges only. A handsome, clean, near-fine set.