London: Chapman and Hall, 1837. First edition. Finely bound by Bayntun in full crushed morocco with gilt to spine and boards. Top edge brightly gilt. Inner dentelles gilt. Marbled endpapers. Spine a bit sunned and some rubbing and chipping to crown of spine. Bookplate of Rodman Wanamaker to front pastedown. Collating [xvi], 609, , complete with 43 inserted plates, and the half-title. With the earliest state of the text and most plates, including the two Buss plates. Plates show light foxing, otherwise an attractive copy internally.
Dickens' first novel, showcasing his astounding talent for sketching charming, sympathetic characters, helped to launch his career. "Its main literary value and appeal was formed by its numerous memorable characters...The Pickwick Papers are mostly a series of humorous misadventures, with a bit of satire, that give some insight into the mores of Victorian society. You can witness Dickens here working on a few prototypes that will show up in later novels...you also see his social consciousness manifesting itself" (Inverarity). An important early work that remains beloved by Dickens' fans for its sensationalism and humor. (Item #4426)