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Charles Dickens The Old Curiosity Shop A Tale 1841 First Single Edition in Book Form
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Charles Dickens The Old Curiosity Shop A Tale 1841 First Single Edition in Book Form
Charles Dickens The Old Curiosity Shop A Tale 1841 First Single Edition in Book Form
Charles Dickens The Old Curiosity Shop A Tale 1841 First Single Edition in Book Form
Charles Dickens The Old Curiosity Shop A Tale 1841 First Single Edition in Book Form

Charles Dickens The Old Curiosity Shop A Tale 1841 First Single Edition in Book Form

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The First Edition has this scarce Charles Dickens antiquarian book for sale.  This is Charles Dickens The Old Curiosity Shop A Tale 1841 which is the first single edition in book form taken from Charles Dickens Master Humphrey’s Clock and illustrated by George Cattermole and Hablot K. Browne (also known as Phiz).

The frontispiece is an elaborate illustration by Hablot K. Browne which bears his initials to the bottom of the illustration.  Opposite the frontispiece is the Title Page which reads: “The Old Curiosity Shop A Tale by Charles Dickens with Illustrations by George Cattermole and Hablot K. Browne Complete in One Volume London Chapman and Hall Strand” with the date letters 1841 in Roman numerals as required.  To the reverse of the Title Page is the printer’s imprint for Bradbury and Evans.

There is a one page and five line Advertisement on page (iii) to introduce this single volume edition of Charles Dickens The Old Curiosity Shop which reads: “This tale is now reprinted, for the reader’s greater convenience, from the stereotype plates of “Master Humphrey’s Clock”, where it was occasionally interrupted by other matter, which is expurgated from this Edition.  It is presented here, complete in one volume.  The numbering of the pages will be occasionally found to be defective, in consequence.”

Since the pages for Charles Dickens The Old Curiosity Shop have been taken from Charles Dickens Master Humphrey’s Clock the issue points are the same and can be found in this first single volume edition as follows:

Volume 1 of Charles Dickens Issue Points

 Page 39 line 2 the “d” in the word “had” is slightly high;
 Page 42 18 lines up from the bottom of the page the words “standing sideways as” are closely spaced to read as one word;
 Page 145 8 lines up has the word “accomodation” misspelt and should read “accommodation”;
 Page 152 line 15 there is no hyphen in the word “To-day’s”;
 Page 178 and 8 lines up from the bottom of the page the comma portion of the semi colon after the word “timidly” is missing;
 Page 193 there is no full stop (or period) after the part number 17;
 Page 195 and 11 up from the bottom of the page the letters in the word “innocently” has incorrectly been spaced;
 Page 232 and 6 lines up from the bottom of the page there is no hyphen in the word “good-bye”;
 Page 239 line 11 the word “arrangements” has been misspelt “arangements”;
 Page 257 line 3 there is a space in the word “bade” between the letter “d” and “e”


Volume 2 of Charles Dickens Issue Points

 Page 3 line 1 there is no dot over the letter “i” in the word “evinced”;
 Page 3 last line the “o” in the word “who” is slightly high;
 Page 80 and 3 lines up from the bottom of the page there is no full stop (or period) after the word “violently” which according to Walter E. Smith in his book Charles Dickens in the Original Cloth this error is only present in some copies;
 Page 82 line 15 the full stop (or period) is low after the word “him”;
 Page 107 last line there is just a single quotation mark after the word “myself” instead of a double quotation mark;
 Page 119 and 19 lines up from the bottom of the page there are no end quotation marks after the word “beer”;
 Page 122 and 22 lines up from the bottom of the page there is a word missing after the word “to”;
 Page 128 line 8 the word “instructions” has been misspelt “intructions”;
 Page 129 and 2 lines up from the bottom of the page there are no initial quotation marks before the word “Ah”;
 Page 193 there is no full stop (or period) after part number 43;
 Page 205 there is no full stop (or period) after part number 44;
 Page 215 and 18 lines up from the bottom of the page there is no spacing between the words “surely wander”; and
 Page 2177 line 17 the full stop (or period) after the word “Mr” is slightly high;


The antique boards are green half calf leather over satin effect boards, which are in Poor condition being complete but with the top board detached, and scratches to the leather.

The endpapers have an attractive marble effect, which is also patterned to all edges of the pages.  Prior to the beginning of the book are 4 blank pages; there is the frontispiece taken from Charles Dickens Master Humphrey’s Clock which has been illustrated by Hablot Knight Browne or Phiz and bears his three letter initials;.

The pages which have all edges patterned, are in overall Very Good condition with a small mark to the fore edge which goes between the front free endpaper and to page 128; there is usual foxing and age toning, but these are light and occasional.

There are faults with this Charles Dickens antiquarian book, but this is still a scarce single edition of Charles Dickens The Old Curiosity Shop that will make a wonderful addition to any Charles Dickens book collection or any antiquarian book collection.
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