London: E. Grattan, 51, Pasternoster Row. 1837. 1st edition (Gimbel H1120; NCBEL III, 788). Cf. Kitton, Dickens and His Illustrators, pp. 234. 8 parts, complete. 32 plates by Onwhyn, 4 per part. Tissue guards. Demy 8vo. 9" x 5-5/8". Green cloth clamshell case, with gilt stamped title lettering to spine panel. Each part with printed green paper wrappers, reminiscent of the original Pickwick parts issue by Chapman & Hall. Modest extremity wear to cloth case, which has a sunned spine panel. Very Good. Wrappers show some age-toning, but *little* wear, except for Part VI, which has some faint crinkling to the wrappers. Plates generally clean, with occasional foxing/browning in margins. Overall a fresh Very Good Plus set. Item #41429
Scarce on the market, with only 3 auction appearances since 1957, with the most recent being the Self copy, in 2008.
This set nicer, as in much.