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.
  The Household Edition - In 1871, the year after Dickens’ death, Chapman and Hall published Oliver Twist, as the first volume in the Household Edition, playing on the public’s fond memories of Dickens’ magazine Household Words. Over the next eight years the edition grew to 22 volumes. It was reset in large type on a quarto page, and furnished with entirely new illustrations by a fresh set of artists. These illustrations were in addition to reproductions of previously published illustrations by Phiz and others, the complete 866 illustrations were also published in 1908 as a separate volume. In New York the Household Edition was published by Harper & Brothers, who, for seven titles, substituted Chapman and Hall’s British illustrators for their own American illustrators.

Frederick Barnard (1846-1896), British illustrator and artist who studied in London and Paris, and is chiefly remembered for his work on David Copperfield, The Christmas Books, Martin Chuzzlewit, A Tale of Two Cities and four other volumes this Household Edition.

References: Boyd, ‘My Favourite Dickens: Martin Chuzzlewit’
The Guardian 2011. Penguin Classics. Oxford Companion to Charles Dickens, 209. Dickens and His Illustrators. The Victorian Web.

Quarto (binding size 26.3x20.3cm), pp. xii 420.
  Finely bound in three-quarter red morocco over matching marbled boards, spine lettered and decorated in gilt, bottom edge trimmed, others untrimmed   Condition: Near fine, a little spotting here and there, slightly heavier to title page and frontispiece, in fine binding.   Ref: 110147   Price: HK$ 3,000