Bloomsbury: Nonesuch Press, 1937-1939. First Thus. One of 877 sets in 24 volumes rather than 23, due to the inclusion of an original steel plate from Chapman & Hall (Dickens' original publishers) enclosed in an additional volume. The present plate, one of only 877 held in their archive, depicts The Great Bespeak from Nicholas Nickleby and is accompanied by a proof pull and authentication from Chapman & Hall. Included are two publisher's pamphlets and a prospectus. Overall very nearly Fine, with some fading to some spines of more sensitive colors. Clean, unread, and in excellent condition.
The largest project by the Nonesuch Press, the Dickens is desired for its quality of printing and illustrations, and the great care given to replicating Chapman & Hall's original wrappers, title pages, and plates. Near Fine (Item #4296)