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Songs of the Late Charles Dibdin; With A Memoir - T. Dibdin (Compiler), G. Cruikshank (Illustrator)

1850 - Henry G. Bohn, London - Third Edition
‘I be one of they sailors who think ‘tis no lie,
That for every wherefore of life there’s a why,
That fortune’s strange weather, a calm or a squall,
Our berths, good or bad, are chalk’d out for us all.’

A melodious collection of patriotic sea songs, composed by British writer and dramatist, Charles Dibdin, who according to
The Spectator in 1863 is considered to be ‘the only man who ever wrote sea songs that accurately delineate the sailor’s peculiarities of disposition’. Delightfully illustrated with several full page engravings, including frontispiece, by George Cruikshank, and featuring a memoir of Charles Dibdin, Addenda by Thomas Dibdin, Songs from the Works of the Charles Dibdin the younger, and a list of subscribers. 
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Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens

1846 - Bradbury & Evans, London - Third Edition, and first in Octavo format.
‘Please, Sir, I want some more.’

‘I saw no reason, when I wrote this book, why the very dregs of life, so long as their speech did not offend the ear, should not serve the purpose of a moral, at least as well as its froth and cream’ - Dickens’ response after he was severely criticized for introducing criminals and prostitutes into the novel.
 
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Oliver Twist; or, the Parish Boy’s Progress. - Charles Dickens

1838 - Richard Bentley, London - First Edition mixed issue - 9th-16th Nov. 1838
Three volumes in original blind tooled plum cloth. Half-titles, frontispieces and 21 plates illustrated by George Cruikshank. Dickens was severely criticized for introducing criminals and prostitutes in Oliver Twist - ‘I saw no reason, when I wrote this book, why the very dregs of life, so long as their speech did not offend the ear, should not serve the purpose of a moral, at least as well as its froth and cream’. 
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The Christmas Stories: A Christmas Carol; The Chimes; The Cricket on the Hearth; The Battle of Life; The Haunted Man and the Ghost's Bargain. - Charles Dickens

1844 to 1848 - Chapman & Hall [or] Bradbury & Evans, London - Mixed first and early editions
A beautifully bound five volume set of Dickens’ Christmas Stories, fine copies housed in a custom made slipcase. With illustrated title pages, full plate and in-text illustrations throughout.

‘After the success attained with A Christmas Carol in 1843 Dickens continued the series throughout the 1840s, maintaining what he called "the Carol philosophy" to "strike a sledgehammer blow" for the poor, uneducated, and repressed. In typical Dickens fashion he drove his message home with a mixture of humor and good cheer’. - David Purdue.
 
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Dombey and Son - Charles Dickens

Circa 1860 - Chapman and Hall (printed by Bradbury, London - Early Edition (first published 1848)
A nice early example of Dombey and Son,in publisher’s olive green cloth, illustrated with engraved frontispiece, title page vignette, and 37 (of 38) plates by H. K. Browne (pen name, ‘Phiz’).

‘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.’

[introduction from a later
Penguin Classics edition] 
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Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit - Charles Dickens, H. K. Browne aka ‘Phiz’ (Illustrator)

1892 - Macmillan and Co. , London - Reprint Edition
‘Any man may be in good spirits and good temper when he’s well dressed’.

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.

First serially published in 1843-4, this edition features the wonderful original illustrations by ‘Phiz’ (British illustrator Hablot Knight Browne), together with an introduction, biography, and bibliography by Charles Dickens the younger, and a facsimile of the original wrapper.
 
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The Life and Times of Oliver Goldsmith - John Forster

1854 - Bradbury and Evans, London - Extra Illustrated Second Edition
An extra illustrated two volume set finely bound by Bayntun of Bath, containing two additional hand-coloured engraved frontispieces, and eighteen engraved plates. 
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1891 - Macmillan and Co., London - First Hugh Thomson Illustrated Edition
A finely bound edition, with a preface by Anne Thackeray Ritchie, and illustrated with over 100 sketches by Hugh Thomson.

First published in 1851 as a serial in the magazine Household Words, which was edited by Charles Dickens. ‘A series of linked sketches of life among the ladies of a quiet country village in the 1830s. The greatest charm of Cranford, which has kept it unfailingly popular, is its amused but loving portrait of the old-fashioned customs and 'elegant economy' of a delicately observed group of middle-aged figures in a landscape’ –
Oxford Companion to English Literature. 
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