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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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The Plays. From the corrected text of Johnson and Steevens. Embellished with plates - William Shakespeare

1807 - John Stockdale, London - First Heath Edition
Magnificent large quarto six volume set of Shakespeare’s plays, with 22 copperplates engraved by James Heath after Thomas Stothard, William Hamilton and Henry Fuseli.

James Heath (1757–1834) was the London-born son of a bookbinder. The family originated in Nottingham where James Heath’s grandfather Joseph Heath was a bookseller and writing-master. James was apprenticed to the engraver Joseph Collyer the younger in 1771 and became established as one of the leading line engravers of his time. His first major success was in engraving plates for Bell’s edition of The Poets of Great Britain. He was employed by the Robinson family of booksellers from 1779 to 1804. He became one of the most widely-employed engravers of the age, producing illustrations for many celebrated works including Lavater’s Essays on Physiognomy; Vancouver’s A voyage of discovery to the north Pacific Ocean, and round the world; Bruce’s Travels to Discover the Source of the Nile; and the frontispiece portrait to Boswell’s Life of Johnson. He engraved some plates for Boydell’s Shakespeare Gallery, and in 1807 published this six-volume set of Shakespeare illustrated with engravings after works by Stothard and Henry Fuseli on his own account, a substantial demonstration of his huge popularity.
 
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The Works of Shakespeare - William Shakespeare

1929-1933 - The Nonesuch Press for Random House, Printed at the Cambridge University Press and Bound by A. Bain of London. - Limited Edition. Number 782 of 1600 copies
One of the most beautiful private press editions in seven volumes.

T.E. Lawrence on the Nonesuch Press Shakespeare - ‘A most marvellous pleasure. I have handled it ever so many times, and read
The Tempest right through. It satisfies. It is final, like the Kelmscott Chaucer or the Ashendene Virgil. And it is a book which charms one to read slowly, an art which is almost gone from us in these times. Every word which Shakespeare uses stands out glowing… The tact and grace of your editor have been surpassing. I think I like the size and shape and binding almost as much as the text. The paper, too, is just right. Altogether a triumph.’

‘The Shakespeare represents the chef-d'oeuvre of the Nonesuch Press. This is the finest edition of our greatest poet.’ - [Nonesuch Century]
 
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The Works of William Shakespeare - William Shakespeare, Alexander Dyce

1891 - Swan Sonnenschein & Co., London - Sixth Edition
An attractively bound ten volume set of Shakespeare, volume I with Dyce’s Life of Shakespeare, prefaces, and history of the early editions, volume X containing a 526 page glossary. 
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1908 - William Heinemann, London - First Rackham Trade Edition
How now spirit! whither wander you?

An exquisitely bound, magical combination of Shakespeare and Rackham. Enchantingly illustrated with 40 tipped-in color plates, black & white vignettes and decorations.
 
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1926 - William Heinemann Ltd., London - Number 302 of 520 limited copies signed by Arthur Rackham.
The isle is full of noises,
Sounds and sweet airs that give delight and hurt not

A beautiful example of the powerful Rackham illustrated
Tempest, signed by him and containing 21 tipped-in colour plates, including an enchanting extra colour plate of Nymphs ringing the bell, not found in the standard trade edition, and in the very seldom seen original dust jacket.

The limited large quarto edition bound in the publisher’s quarter vellum over cream paper boards, lettered and illustrated in gilt.

Merrily, Merrily shall I live now
Under the blossom that hangs on the bough
 
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