Pictures from Italy The Vignette Illustrations on Wood, by Samuel Palmer

By: Dickens, Charles

Price: $174.95

Quantity: 1 available

Book Condition: Very Good-

4 p.l., 270 & [2] pages; First edition, bound in a full deep tan morocco leather art binding, four raised bands on the spine, decorative stamping in blind on the spine and covers, with the initials "MWY" stamped within a decorative diamond-shaped lozenge constructed of decorative tools in blind on the front cover, and the date: "1924" stamped in the center of a matching lozenge on the rear cover. An interesting copy, certainly a first edition, in a handsome, albeit worn, binding which is more to the (neo) Georgian, than the Victorian taste. There are hand-marbled endapers, with paste-downs framed by extra-wide inner dentilles with decorative ruling in blind and round tools in the corners. The marbled endpapers are clearly not commercial, but were likely made by the binder, who has not signed this interesting binding -- (unless the initials at the center of the front cover belong to the binder, who may or may not have been the owner of this copy). There are broad (and real) headbands in alternating shades of white and red; all edges of the leaves are gilt. The binder has retained the original spine from the publisher's cloth binding -- now mounted to a sheet at the rear of the volume. Alas, there is some wear now to this binding, with cracking along the front outer hinge (the board is still soundly attached on the cords), a small chip at thecap and a longer chip at the bottom of the spine are now missing, exposing a portion of each headband. There is rubbng to the edges of the raised bands, the edges of the boards and the corners. But, in all, this remains an interesting and handsome binding in the craftsman style of the early years of the twentieth century. The copy is an example of the first edition, retaining the half title and the ad leaf preceding it, as well as the two pages of ads at the rear. Bibliographical understanding of the complex printing history of the issues of the two printings of this 1846 Dickens first edition have evolved since the 1911 publication of Eckel, and even Smith and the Gimbel Collection catalogue from Yale seventy years later. The following are the points of issue of this copy: on the title page, there is a comma after “Wood” in the fourth line of text; there is a full-stop (tiny period) after the printer’s imprint on p.[270]; the drop-head decorative title to the first page of text is set entirely in Black Letter; on p.[271] in the advertisement for ‘The Cricket on the Hearth’ the last line reads: “Twentieth Edition. In Foolscap 8vo, price 5s.” Further, on page 244, line 8, the ‘e’ of the first ‘the’ is printed too heavily and also slightly clogged, but not battered by wear. It appears that this letter "e" becomes progressively battered during the printing run of this volume. If a prospective buyer knows of other points, we will gladly respond to inquiries.

Title: Pictures from Italy The Vignette Illustrations on Wood, by Samuel Palmer

Author Name: Dickens, Charles

Categories: Literature,

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Publisher: London, Published for the author, By Bradbury & Evans, Whitefriars: 1846

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good-

Size: 12mo

Seller ID: 39517