The Adventures of Oliver Twist; or, The Parish Boy’s Progress - Charles Dickens 1846 - Published For The Author, London - Third Edition, and first in Octavo format. ‘Please, Sir, I want some more.’

A handsome example of the first single volume edition, illustrated throughout with engravings by Cruikshank, finely bound by Bayntun-Rivière in full red morocco, with gilt portrait of Dickens to the front and his signature in gilt to the rear, hand marbled endpapers and all gilt edges.

‘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 criticised for introducing criminals and prostitutes into the novel.
  Dickens literary output was prodigious. In slightly more than 30 years, he published more than twenty novels, acted as editor for a variety of literary journals, created his own magazine, worked as a freelance reporter, and executed a series of charismatic public readings. Oliver Twist was begun in February 1837 and continued as monthly instalments in Bentley’s Miscellany until April of 1839. Dickens originally titled the novel Oliver Twist: The Parish Boy’s Progress but it has since been shorten to simply Oliver Twist.

Octavo (binding size 21.5 x 14 cm) pp. [2] xii 311 [3].
  Bound by Bayntun-Rivière in full red morocco, spine lettered and intricately decorated in gilt, gilt blocked portrait of Dickens to front board, and copy of his signature in gilt to rear, inner gilt dentelles, hand marbled endpapers, all edges gilt.   Condition: Near fine, overall a clean copy, several light moisture marks to outer edges, not affecting text, in fine binding.   Ref: 102348   Price: HK$ 10,500