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1982 - The Folio Society, London - First Folio Edition
Finely bound edition of Charles Dickens’s last complete novel and a glorious satire spanning all levels of Victorian society, with an introduction by Christopher Hibbert, and illustrated throughout with Charles Keeping’s wonderful line drawings. Keeping (1924-88) is ideal as an illustrator for Dickens as he himself grew up in Lambeth in a terraced house that housed three generations, surrounded by street markets and working horses. Keeping is the only artist to illustrate the complete works of Dickens, which took ten years to complete.

Our Mutual Friend centres on an inheritance – Old Harmon’s profitable dust heaps – and its legatees, young John Harmon, presumed drowned when a body is pulled out of the River Thames, and kindly dustman Mr Boffin, to whom the fortune defaults. With brilliant satire, Dickens portrays a dark, macabre London, inhabited by such disparate characters as Gaffer Hexam, scavenging the river for corpses; enchanting, mercenary Bella Wilfer; the social-climbing Veneerings; and the unscrupulous street-trader Silas Wegg. The novel is richly symbolic in its vision of death and renewal in a city dominated by the fetid Thames, and the corrupting power of money’. 
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The Uncommercial Traveller - Charles Dickens, E. G. Dalziel (illustrator)

1877 - Chapman and Hall, 193 Piccadilly - Household Edition, and first Dalziel illustrated edition
Are not the sane and the insane equal at night as the sane lie a dreaming? Are not all of us outside this hospital, who dream, more or less in the condition of those inside it, every night of our lives?

A handsomely bound nineteenth century collection of Dickens 36 semi-autobiographical essays in which he wanders the streets of London and reminisces about his childhood and past, with 26 illustrations by Edward Gurdon Dalziel and the text in double columns.

These pieces are among the most admired and quoted of Dickens's journalistic essays, highlighting his unique skills as a social observer and commentator and 'sketcher' of contemporary life.
 
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1876 - Chapman and Hall, 193 Piccadilly - Household Edition, and first Fraser illustrated edition
A handsomely bound, nineteenth century edition of Dickens's haunting late novel depicting the education and development of the young Pip as his life is changed by a series of events - a terrifying encounter with an escaped convict in a graveyard on the wild Kent marshes; a summons to meet the bitter, decaying Miss Havisham and her beautiful, cold-hearted ward Estella; the sudden generosity of a mysterious benefactor - and he discovers the true nature of his 'great expectations'.

With 30 illustrations by Frank Fraser, and text in double column format.
 
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The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby - Charles Dickens, F. Barnard (illustrator)

1875 - Chapman and Hall, 193 Piccadilly - Household Edition, and first Barnard illustrated edition
A handsomely bound edition, with 59 illustrations by Frederick Barnard and the text in double columns.

Our hero confronts a large and varied cast, including Wackford Squeers, the fantastic ogre of a schoolmaster, and Vincent Crummles, the grandiloquent ham actor, on his comic and satirical adventures up and down the country. Punishing wickedness, befriending the helpless, strutting the stage, and falling in love, Nicholas shares some of his creator's energy and earnestness as he faces the pressing issues of early Victorian society.

‘The novel has everything: an absorbing melodrama, with a supporting cast of heroes, villains and eccentrics, set in a London where vast wealth and desperate poverty live cheek-by-jowl.’ -
The Times. 
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The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit - Charles Dickens, F. Barnard (illustrator)

1872 - Harper & Brothers, New York - Household Edition
A handsomely bound edition of Dickens’ satirical comedy of hypocrisy, selfishness, and greed, the picaresque story of young Martin Chuzzlewit who, together with the scheming architect Pecksniff, journeys to America to seek his fortune. With 59 illustrations by Frederick Barnard and the text in double columns.

‘Any man may be in good spirits and good temper when he’s well dressed’.

As much of
Martin Chuzzlewit was inspired by Dickens travels in America in 1842, which left an unfavourable impression on him, he includes in this edition a Postscript quoting a speech given to 200 representatives of the Press of the United States of America, at a dinner given to him in New York in 1868. In this he lays out his admiration for the people of America, and a copy of which he promises to include in every on of his works published in the United States in which he has referred to America. 
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Barnaby Rudge. A Tale of the Riots of ‘’Eighty’ - Charles Dickens, F. Barnard (illustrator)

1874 - Chapman and Hall, 193 Piccadilly - Household Edition, and first Barnard illustrated edition
A handsomely bound edition, with 46 illustrations by Frederick Barnard and the text in double columns.

‘Set against the backdrop of the Gordon Riots of 1780,
Barnaby Rudge is a story of mystery and suspense which begins with an unsolved double murder and goes on to involve conspiracy, blackmail, abduction and retribution. Through the course of the novel fathers and sons become opposed, apprentices plot against their masters and anti-Catholic mobs rampage through the streets. With its dramatic descriptions of public violence and private horror, its strange secrets and ghostly doublings, Barnaby Rudge is a powerful, disturbing blend of historical realism and Gothic melodrama.’ 
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Sketches by Boz illustrative of Every-Day Life and Every-Day People - Charles Dickens, F. Barnard (illustrator)

1876 - Chapman and Hall, 193 Piccadilly - Household Edition, and first Barnard illustrated edition
A handsomely bound edition of Charles Dickens's first published book, a funny and touching collection of observation, fancy and fiction showing the London he knew in all its complexity - its streets, theatres, inns, pawnshops, law courts, prisons and, of course, the river Thames. His descriptions of everyday life and people seem to anticipate characters from his great novels - garrulous matrons, vulgar young clerks, Scrooge-like bachelors - while his powers of social critique shine in his unflinching depictions of the city's forgotten citizens, from child workers to prostitutes.

With 34 illustrations by Frederick Barnard and the text in double columns.
 
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1873 - Harper & Brothers, New York - Household Edition, and First Edition to be illustrated by Sheppard
A handsomely bound edition, with 52 illustrations by William Ludwell Sheppard and the text in double columns.

‘Dombey and Son
is both a firm and a family and the ambiguous connection between public and private life lies at the heart of Dickens' novel. Paul Dombey is a man who runs his domestic affairs as he runs his business: calculatingly, callously, coldly and commercially.

Through his dysfunctional relationships with his son, his two wives, and his neglected daughter Florence, Dickens paints a vivid picture of the limitations of a society dominated by commercial values and the drive for profit and explores the possibility of moral and emotional redemption through familial love.’
 
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