London: Chapman & Hall, 1859 - 1868. 1st volume edition. 20 volumes, complete. ~600 pages per volume. Text double column. Christmas Stories included: Vol 2 with "The Haunted House," Vol 6 has "Tom Tiddler's Ground," Vol 8 has "Somebody's Luggage," & Vol 10 has "Mrs. Lirriper's Lodgings" (Vol 4 lacks "A Message from the Sea"). 8vo. 9-1/4" x 6-1/8". Black half leather bindings with marbled boards (Vols 10, 11 & 14-16 with Arabic numerals to spine labels; all other volumes have Roman numerals). Occasional corner wear. Some rubbing to boards. Period pos (dated 1860). Occasional spot of foxing. Vol 10 with professionally restored joints. Withal, a solid VG set. Item #5074.26
From the start of his literary career, Dickens wished to be an editor.. and began such early-on with Bentley's Miscellany. After two more somewhat unsuccessful efforts, he succeeded with Household Words which, due to personal differences with his publishers, gave rise to this final editorial publication, All The Year Round. The content was miscellaneous in nature, and attracted some of the best writers of the day- Wilkie Collins (The Moonstone & The Woman in White), Mrs. Gaskell (A Dark Night's Work), Trollope (Is He Popenjoy?)... not to mention Dickens himself- the periodical contains the first appearance of his two great works- A Tale of Two Cities and Great Expectations.