DICKENS FIRST & EARLY EDITIONSCARTOUCHE LTD
DICKENS FIRST & EARLY EDITIONS
INVENTORY AND PURCHASE
CONTENT - The collection consists mainly of first editions of the bound copy, either from parts, new type settings or a combination of both sources. Included are several copies of the Household Edition. Titles include first issue of David Copperfield, 1850, by Bradbury & Evans, first issue of Sketches by Boz by Chapman and Hall, 1839, first or early 3 volume set, of Oliver Twist (Second Edition) 1838 by Richard Bentley in original fine binding.
RESEARCH - The 3 comprehensive bibliographies of Dickens' work by Walter E. Smith were used to research the collection. He listed errors found in early editions after examining copies in libraries across the world (listed as Internal Flaws ) and is the definitive guide in determining first edition status. Each volume in this collection includes the state of these "points" in the description.
RESTORATION - The most common problem are with the spine and usually required "rebacking", replacing the spine leather or cloth. If the original spine was present, it was laid on the new spine covering. If required, a new spine was created in a contemporary style, usually with false bands and gilded title. Illustrations with severe browning were cleaned. Books requiring full recovering were done in the mid 19th century style of half leather and marbled paper.
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