The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club (extra-illustrated and with signed letter)

The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club (extra-illustrated and with signed letter). Charles Dickens.
The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club (extra-illustrated and with signed letter)
The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club (extra-illustrated and with signed letter)
The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club (extra-illustrated and with signed letter)
The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club (extra-illustrated and with signed letter)
The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club (extra-illustrated and with signed letter)
The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club (extra-illustrated and with signed letter)
The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club (extra-illustrated and with signed letter)
The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club (extra-illustrated and with signed letter)
The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club (extra-illustrated and with signed letter)
The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club (extra-illustrated and with signed letter)
The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club (extra-illustrated and with signed letter)
Dickens' first novel, here extra illustrated in a beautiful binding
The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club (extra-illustrated and with signed letter)

London: Chapman and Hall, 1837. First edition. An exceptional, finely bound set in full red polished morocco by Zaehnsdorf (1921) in two volumes. Boards ruled in gilt, spines with raised bands, marbled end papers, all edges gilt. Autograph letter from Dickens to his lawyer, Frederick Ouvry written on "All the Year Round" stationery tipped in. And with the following illustrations: the 43 original illustrations, plus the 32 plates by T. Onwhyn (Sam Weller); 2 original Buss plates; 2 Buss plates in color; the 43 illustrations in later state, colored by hand; 12 colored plates by A. B. Frost; 18 views of places of interest mentioned in Pickwick; 11 colored plates from "Cries of London" by Cruikshank; and 4 additional portraits. Truly an exceptional and rare set. With the bookplate of Doris Benz on the front paste-downs.

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.
Fine (Item #4861)

Price: $9,500