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Charles Dickens The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby First Edition in Book Form 1839
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Charles Dickens The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby First Edition in Book Form 1839
Charles Dickens The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby First Edition in Book Form 1839
Charles Dickens The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby First Edition in Book Form 1839
Charles Dickens The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby First Edition in Book Form 1839

Charles Dickens The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby First Edition in Book Form 1839

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The First Edition has this very scare and possibly unique antique Charles Dickens The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby book for sale.  This is the first edition in book form of Charles Dickens Nicholas Nickleby that was published in 1839 by Chapman and Hall.

This is an incredibly rare and possibly unique Charles Dickens Nicholas Nickleby first edition because it not only has the Charles Dickens portrait plate by Daniel Maclise, but also has the 39 Nicholas Nickleby plates by Phiz and additionally all 40 scarce additional Nicholas Nickleby plates by Thomas Onwhyn who went under his name and also his pseudonym of Peter Palette. There are a total of 80 plates in this Charles Dickens Nicholas Nickleby first edition book.  Please click on the following link for a Full List of Plates by Daniel Maclise, Phiz and Thomas Onwhyn.  Thank you.

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This Charles Dickens Nicholas Nickleby antiquarian book has many issue points which include Page 123 line 17 has the word “visiter” misspelt for the word “sister”, with this error only found in some copies bound from the earlier parts (please see Walter  E. Smith Charles Dickens in the Original Cloth page 42); page 160, 6 lines up from the bottom of the page has the word “latter” instead of the word “letter”; and according to Walter  E. Smith Charles Dickens in the Original Cloth “this error not always found with the one on p. 123”; and page 270 line 15 has the word “Mercie”.  Below are a list of more issue points found in this volume of Charles Dickens Nicholas Nickleby.


Some of the Issue Points Found in This Volume of Charles Dickens Nicholas Nickleby

 Page x line 2 the second “l” in the word “will” is missing;
 Page xii Chapter XXV there is a comma after “London” in the text, but not in the Contents Page;
 Page xiii Chapter xxxv last four letters in the word “family” are not aligned;
 Page xiv there is a comma after the word “others” in the listing, but a semi-colon in the text on page 608
 Page xv in the List of Plates the frontispiece is not listed;
 Page xv in the List of Plates the second entry has no quotation marks for “The Saracen’s Head”, but there are quotation marks in the caption to the plate;
 Page xv the letter “s” in the word “friends” is slightly high (entry 11)
 Page xx reads “The professional gentleman” and in the caption to the plate opposite page 196 reads “The professional gentlemen” (entry 18);
 Page xv the word “in” is missing in the caption of the plate opposite page 248 (entry 16);
 Page xv the words “coffee-room” is hyphenated in the List of Plates but not in the caption to the plate opposite page 310 (entry 20);
 Page xv has “Kenwigs” in the List of Plates and “Kenwig’s” in the caption to the plate opposite page 351 (last entry on the page);
 Page xvi has “Linkinwater”, and in the caption to the plate opposite page 356 has “Mr Linkinwater” (see entry 1);
 Page xvi there is  comma after the word “recognition”, but a semi-colon in the caption to the plate opposite page 373 (see entry 2);
 Page xvi the List of Plates reads “Nicholas makes his first visit to Mr Bray”, and the caption to the plate opposite page 457 reads “”Nicholas makes his first visit to the lodgings of Mr Bray” (see entry 7);
 Page xvi the words “small clothes” are hyphenated in the List of Plates, but not to the caption of the plate opposite page 487 (see entry 9);
 Page xvi the word “mulberry” is spelt with two “r’s” in the List of Plates and just one “r” in the caption to the plate opposite page 500 (see entry 10);
 Page xvi in the List of Plates there is a hyphen and apostrophe in the words “hair-dresser’s” but not in the caption to the plate opposite page 518 (see entry 11);
 Page xvi in the List of Plates the words “breaking up” are not placed in quotation marks, whilst in the caption to the plate opposite 614 they are (see entry 15);
 Page 123 line 17 has the word “visiter” misspelt for the word “sister”, with this error only found in some copies bound from the earlier parts (please see Walter  E. Smith Charles Dickens in the Original Cloth page 42);
 Page 160, 6 lines up from the bottom of the page has the word “latter” instead of the word “letter”; and according to Walter  E. Smith Charles Dickens in the Original Cloth “this error not always found with the one on p. 123”;
 Page 270 line 15 has the word “Mercie”;
 Page 272, line 2, the word “visiters” misspelt and should read “visitors”.


This Charles Dickens Nicholas Nickleby first edition in book form comes in an antique half calf over marbled boards which have a six compartment spine with the title Nicholas Nickleby in gilt.  The boards are worn with knocks to the leather corners and to the top and bottom of the leather spine.  But, the boards are complete and sound in construction.

There are 624 numbered pages with green endpapers, lacking the half title page, and with the Charles Dickens frontispiece and 79 plates by Hablot Knight Browne or Phiz and Thomas Onwhyn throughout this book.

The pages are in Good to Very Good condition with foxing to the pages and plates, the plate opposite page 68 has become detached with time and is loosely inserted, and there are a number of professional tape repairs throughout the book.

This is an incredibly scarce Charles Dickens Nicholas Nickleby first edition book that rarely comes onto the market with all known plates in one book with many of the rare first issue points.  This is the first time that we have sold Charles Dickens Nicholas Nickleby with the Daniel Maclise plate, the Phiz plates and all the 40 Thomas Onwhyn plates.  It is our opinion that this early Charles Dickens Nicholas Nickleby book is so rare and complete that it is unlikely that it will ever appear in this form on the market again for a very long time.  This Charles Dickens book will make the perfect addition to any serious Charles Dickens book collection or any antiquarian book collection.
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