New York: Wiley and Putnam, 1846 - 1848. 1st US edition (Gimbel A104; Edgar & Vail, p. 24; Smith AMERICAN, 7; VanderPoel B197(1); Wilkins, p. 25). 20 parts in 19. Last two parts with imprint, "John Wiley". Illustrated with 36 plates after Phiz, redrawn & engraved on wood by J. W. Orr. Publication began without waiting for the illustrations, so Part I comes without plates, the plates issued beginning with Part II. The final 4 illustrations not issued with the Parts, but would be available with the subsequent volume issue. At the base of the front wrapper(s) is found the statement: "The Illustration for this Number will be given with the Next." 7-1/2" x 5". Printed grey-brown paper wrappers. Occasional soiling & staining to wrappers, with some modest chipping to spine paper. First 9 numbers with previous owner signature. Part XIX/XX lacks rear wrapper. Some foxing. Overall, Very Good. Item #40340
Wiley & Putnam were the first of the US houses to hit the streets with Dickens' new novel, beginning with Part I issued October 1846, though in the rush to press, the part was issued without the 2 plates found in the Bradbury & Evans production.
A quite scarce edition, especially in comparison to the UK parts issue, which shows up with some regularity.