The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club. Containing a Faithful Record of the Perambulations, Perils, Travels, Adventures and Sporting Transactions of the Corresponding Members. Edited by BOZ. With Illustrations.
London: Chapman & Hall, 186, Strand, [April 1836 - November 1837]. 8vo., 20 monthly parts in 19 as issued, -26; 27-50; 51-82; 83-114; 115-146; 147-178; 179-210; 211-242; 243-274; [1 address], 275-306; 307-338; 339-370; , 371-402; , 403-434; , 4, 435-466, 4, , 2, , 8, ; 467-498; , 499-530, , 16; , 531-562, , , , ; , 563-609, [xvi], , , ,  pp., 43 engraved plates including the title vignette. Original printed blue wrappers with trade advertisements to inner sides as well as outside back wrappers, with a variety of publishers ads and slips bound-in. Housed in a green silk chemise and green morocco pull-off case with gilt panels and titling. The backstrips and edges are chipped and repaired with about five rebacked, one wrapper is stained, the plates mostly clean but a few foxed or browned, lacks almost all advertisements and slips, the backstrip to the case has sunned to an almost gold-brown. First edition in original parts, with plates after Buss, Seymour and Browne. The wrappers I-XI are late issue, the plates are in a mixed state but with the BLISS plates in part 3, the text is split between the first and second states. Shortly after the appearance of Sketches by Boz, Dickens was approached by young booksellers Edward Chapman and William Hall to write a monthly serial about the misadventures of a group of cockney sportsmen (OxfordDNB), the publication achieved unprecedented success among readers of all ages, sexes, and classes, especially after the introduction of the dashingly witty Sam Weller in number four. After the Bible, Shakespeare, and the Pilgrims Progress, Pickwick is the best-kniwn work in the language (Thomson 23). Eckel 23-50. Hatton and Cleaver 3-88. Thomson 12.
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