[FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE] Dickens, Charles, "Oliver Twist" (London: Richard Bentley, 1838); 3 vols in 8vo; 19th cent finely gilt smooth brown morocco, gilt red and green morocco labels, all edges gilt; First Edition, True First Issue of Dickens’s classic work, featuring his pseudonym “Boz” on the title pages and the abandoned “Fireside” plate at the end of Volume III. All 24 plates by George Cruikshank present. Unlike most of his other novels, Dickens issued Oliver Twist in book format before he finished publishing it in serial parts. He was so impatient to get the book to print that he had not approved all of Cruikshanks’ illustrations (sent to the printer separately), and within a week of the first printing, Dickens stopped press to replace the final plate and put his name on the titles. Thus, this particular issue was only on the market for 7 days. This set is in exceptional condition, with no extraneous marks, foxing, or tears. Eckel pp 59-61; Smith I pp 28-37; Gimbel A27.
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