The Works of Dickens, Household Edition. Two substantial runs: parts 1-23 and 40-55, with additions.
1871. London: Chapman and Hall, 1871-1872.
47 parts in original blue printed wrappers: parts 1-23 and 40-55, plus parts 29, 32, 33, 34, 68, 72, 74, and a duplicate copy of part 44. Numerous full page plates and in-text illustrations as well as inserted advertisements. Condition generally good to very good: wrappers entirely unrestored with some browning, edgewear, and chipping to spines; upper and lower wrappers of part 1 and upper wrapper of part 4 detached; occasional penciling of book titles on upper wrappers; contents generally bright and unfoxed. Sold as is.
§ Two substantial runs of the Household Edition of Dickens, the first collected edition of Dickens' works issued posthumously. The full series ran to 101 parts. The parts present include the complete text of Oliver Twist, Martin Chuzzlewit, David Copperfield, Bleak House, Our Mutual Friend, and Nicholas Nickleby. Parts of Little Dorrit, A Tale of Two Cities, and Great Expectations are also present.
The Household Edition was issued in four formats: weekly numbers, the present monthly parts, volumes in paper wrappers, and volumes in cloth. Arthur Waugh called the project "one of Chapman and Hall's most ambitious ventures. a new complete edition of Dickens reset in large type on a quarto page, and furnished with entirely new illustrations by a fresh set of artists" (Waugh p. 176). Item #125103