The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club. With Fifty-Seven Illustrations by “Phiz” - Charles Dickens 1874 - Chapman and Hall, 193 Piccadilly - First Household Edition ‘Before [Dickens] wrote a single real story, he had a kind of vision . . . a map full of fantastic towns, thundering coaches, clamorous market-places, uproarious inns, strange and swaggering figures. That vision was Pickwick.’ – G.K. Chesteron

A handsomely bound early edition of Dickens’ first novel, with all the original illustrations by “Phiz”, printed with text in double-column format.

The Pickwick Papers
recounts the rollicking adventures of Mr Pickwick, his companion Sam Weller, the poet Snodgrass, the lover Tupman, and the sportsman Winkle, as they travel about England, from the hallowed turf of Dingley Dell Cricket Club, to the Eastanswill election and the Fleet debtor’s prison.
  First serialised in 1836-37, at the height of its popularity The Pickwick Papers sold 40,000 copies a month, and launched the career of its 24 year old author.

References: Drabble,
Oxford Companion to English Literature 739. Horne, The Dictionary of 20th Century British Book Illustrators 365. Animation Resources, web. Penguin Classics, web.

Quarto (binding size 24.6x18.5cm), pp. [2] xii 400 [2]. Text in double columns. Printed by Virtue & Co., City Road, London.
  Finely bound in three-quarter burgundy morocco over matching marbled boards, spine lettered and decorated in gilt, top edge gilt others trimmed.   Condition: Near fine, a little spotting to first and last few pages as usually encountered, in fine binding   Ref: 110154   Price: HK$ 2,500