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Oliver Twist

By Dickens, Charles

Oliver Twist; or, The Parish Boy's Progress (commonly known as Oliver Twist) (1838) is Charles Dickens's second novel.

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Dickens, Charles

1838. [our finest copy evah] or, The Parish Boy's Progress. By "Boz." In Three Volumes. London: Richard Bentley, 1838. 4 pp Vol I undated ads; 2 preliminary pp Vol III undated ads. Original purplish-brown fine-diaper cloth. First Edition, first issue, of this classic novel that has also been a hit as a Broadway musical. This is the "true first edition," not merely the "first edition in book form." Unlike most of Dickens's novels, OLIVER TWIST was not first issued in monthly serial parts; it did appear in "Bentley's Miscellany" magazine from February 1837 through April 1839, but this three-volume edition was published in November 1838. (OLIVER TWIST was finally issued in ten serial parts in 1846 -- one of the scarcest "Dickens in parts.")~Within a week after initial publication, copies began to be issued (at Dickens's insistence) with his name on the title pages (rather than "Boz"), and with the "church" plate replacing the "fireside" plate. This copy is of the first issue -- with "Boz" on the title pages and with the "fireside" plate at the end of Vol III. This set is in the primary fine-diaper cloth (some copies are in horizontally-ribbed cloth of the same color, but with a different arabesque design -- precedence unknown). This copy does have the "London/Bentley" imprint at the foot of the spines, where some copies are blank; it has been surmised that the blank binding is earlier, if only because Bentley would have been more likely to add than to remove his name from the volumes -- though precedence is far from certain. Lastly, the list of illustrations in Vol I is present in this copy: again it is uncertain whether its absence or its presence was the earlier state, though it is possible that Bentley may have begun inserting it when he realized that George Cruikshank's name had otherwise been omitted from the publication. (Bear in mind that the second issue, with Dickens's name on the title pages, was out within a week of the first; therefore, all of these questions of precedence among issue points involve only a few days.)~This set is in FINE condition: there is essentially no external wear to the cloth, the spine gilt remains bright, the original yellow endpapers exhibit only the merest hint of cracking, there is scarcely any foxing at all on the textual leaves or plates... in fact, the ONLY notable flaw is that on two covers there is a faint partial glass-ring. Period. This is the best copy we have offered in our 35 years in business. Smith I pp 28-37; Gimbel A27; Eckel pp 59-61; Carter BV p. 107 and MBV p. 7. Housed in a morocco-backed clamshell case.


Oliver Twist; Or, The Parish Boy’s Progress by “Boz”


London: Richard Bentley, 1838. First Edition; three volumes; first issue; with “Boz” on the title pages and with the “fireside” plate in volume three. Publisher’s cloth; variant state binding with “London/ Bentley” at the foot of the spines (according to Smith, not a point of any significance); some cloth fading, minor wear and spotting; slight ink marks on one title page; a very clean set with only occasional spots and foxing; in a custom quarter morocco slipcase with chemises. The "fireside" plate was one of several illustrations by Cruikshank that were rushed to complete the book. Reviewing the plates before publication, Dickens objected to this illustration and ordered a new one prepared. Early copies have this original plate, as well as "Boz" on the title page, which also displeased the author. The book was published on November 9, 1838, and changes were made in copies prepared between the 9th and the 16th.


Oliver Twist.

Dickens, Charles

London: Richard Bentley, 1838. First edition, first issue. Octavo, three volumes, original red cloth. In near fine condition with some toning to the spine. Housed a custom clamshell box. "Dickens turned in Oliver Twist to the novel of crime and terror Some characters are drawn with humorous realism, but for the most part humor is dimmed by gloomy memories of the author’s own neglected childhood and sensational scenes are shrouded in an atmosphere genuinely eerie and sinister That Dickens shared with his contemporaries the conviction that the novel should be an instrument of social reform is evident in Oliver Twist" (Baugh).


Oliver Twist; or the Parish Boy's Progress

Dickens, Charles

London: Richard Bentley, 1838 first issue, with the Fireside plate in volume III, "Boz" on all 3 titles pages and publisher's name at foot of spines. A very good, unsophistocated copy, with all hinges intact. 3 volumes in publisher's blind stamped cloth; yellow coated end papers.The true first edition, having been published in November 1838, 5 months before the final installment in Bentley's Miscellany. Oliver Twist was not issued in the 10 monthly parts, until 1846. Half-titles are present in volumes I and II, but not in volume III, where the advertising leaf appears instead (as called for). Internally very clean and bright, with only light occasional foxing in volume III; light wear at extremities. Housed in a handsome quarter-leather clamshell box.. First Edition. Illus. by George Cruikshank.


OLIVER TWIST; Or, The Parish Boy's Progress. By “Boz”

Dickens, Charles:

London: Richard Bentley. 1838. First edition, first printing, first issue. Bound by Hatchards in full crushed crimson morocco, five raised bands to the spine, borders and inner dentelles in gilt. Red silk ribbon page marker to each volume. Top edge gilt. The original reddish brown publisher’s cloth bound into the rear of each volume. Half titles present in volumes I and II, as called for. Four pages of adverts to vol I, and two pages of adverts to vol III. 24 plates by George Cruikshank, including the fireside plate (which was removed on Dickens' insistence and replaced with the Church plate in all but the earliest copies). Single page list of illustrations present to volume one. The binding is in fine condition. The contents with the usual darkening or oxidisation of the plates (tissue guards inserted at the time of binding) and some spotting and finger marks to the margins of the text pages throughout. A very attractive and complete example. Unusually for Dickens' novels, Oliver Twist was first issued complete in book form rather than monthly serial parts. It did appear in "Bentley's Miscellany" magazine, but was not completed until April 1839. (Eckel 59; Smith, Walter: Dickens in the original cloth. Part one: 4.)Further details and images for any of the items listed are available on request. Lucius Books welcomes direct contact with our customers.


Oliver Twist; or, The Parish Boy's Progress. By "Boz"

DICKENS, Charles

London: Richard Bentley, 1838. First Edition. Attractive, unrestored copy of this Dickens masterwork, noted by Self as "the first English novel to feature a young child as protagonist." Begun as a serial in Bentley's Miscellany, the book was issued prior to the story's completion in the magazine. Later issues replace "Boz" with "Charles Dickens" on title page and replace the "Fireside" illustration, which Dickens disliked, with a graveside scene. Three octavo volumes. First issue, with "Boz" on title page of all three volumes and "Fireside" plate at p.312 of volume III. 4pp. of publisher's ads at end of volume I. Half-titles present in volumes I & II; lacking in volume 3, where the advertising leaf appears in lieu of half-title. Volume I includes the leaf of instructions for placement of plates (often lacking). 24 inserted leaves of plates by George Cruikshank. Publisher's deep brown cloth, faded to tan on spines; cream yellow endpapers; page edges untrimmed; brief (1/8") mended tear to cloth at crown of volume I; volumes I & III faded at upper extremities of boards; still a clean, complete, and entirely unsophisticated set, texts unmarked with scattered faint foxing; Very Good.



DICKENS, Charles

London: Richard Bently, 1838. First Edition, First Issue with "Boz" on the title page and the "fireside" plate at the end of vol III. Cruikshank. 8vo, pp. 331 + adv; 307; 315. Condition: publisher's blind horizontally ribbed stamped cloth:Vol. I hinges broken, connected to the cloth, bookplate; Vol. II, very good; Vol. III: hinges loose, This copy does not have an imprint at the bottom of the spines. 24 etched plates by George Cruikshank including the "Fireside" plate (facing p. 313 in vol. III). The three volumes are housed in a full calf slip case with individual chemises. Smith I pp 28-37; Gimbel A27; Eckel pp 59-61; Carter BV p. 107 and MBV p. 7; VanderPoel Collection B87(1). This is the true first editon. Oliver Twist was not issued in parts until 1846. From Wikipedia: The story is of the orphan Oliver Twist, who starts his life in a workhouse and is then sold into an apprenticeship with an undertaker. He escapes from there and travels to London where he meets the Artful Dodger, a member of a gang of juvenile pickpockets, which is led by the elderly criminal Fagin. Oliver Twist is notable for Dickens's unromantic portrayal of criminals and their sordid lives, as well as exposing the cruel treatment of the many orphans in London in the mid–nineteenth century. The alternate title, The Parish Boy's Progress, alludes to Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress, as well as the 18th-century caricature series by William Hogarth, A Rake's Progress and A Harlot's Progress. An early example of the social novel, Dickens satirizes the hypocrisies of his time, including child labour, the recruitment of children as criminals, and the presence of street children. The novel may have been inspired by the story of Robert Blincoe, an orphan whose account of working as a child labourer in a cotton mill was widely read in the 1830s. It is likely that Dickens's own youthful experiences contributed as well. Oliver Twist has been the subject of numerous adaptations, for various media, including a highly successful musical play, Oliver!, and the multiple Academy Award-winning 1968 motion picture.


Oliver Twist.

DICKENS, Charles.

London: Richard Bentley,, 1838. In three volumes. 3 volumes, octavo (188 x 114 mm). Contemporary dark brown half calf, twin red morocco labels, spines richly gilt in compartments, marbled paper sides with blind rolls, marbled endpapers. Engraved frontispiece to each volume and 21 plates by George Cruikshank. Bound without half-titles; contemporary ownership stamp to each front free endpaper verso; some inked marginalia to Volume 2. Boards slightly rubbed, mild tanning to plates, occasional spotting to text. An excellent set. First edition, second issue with "Charles Dickens" rather than "Boz" on the title pages and with the Church plate replacing the Fireside plate in the third volume. "When Bentley decided to publish Oliver in book form before its completion in his periodical, Cruikshank had to complete the last few plates in haste. Dickens did not review them until the eve of publication and objected to the Fireside plate ('Rose Maylie and Oliver' No. 8 in volume three) which depicted Oliver at Rose Maylie's knee with Harry and old Mrs. Maylie all gathered around the living-room fire. Dickens had Cruikshank design a new plate which retained the same title and showed Rose and Oliver standing before the tablet put up in the church to the memory of Oliver's mother. This Church plate was not completed in time for incorporation into the early copies of the book, but it replaced the Fireside plate in later copies and was used in Bentley's Miscellany" (Smith). Dickens had also decided that he would no longer be known as "Boz"; again this decision was too late for the earliest copies, those published between 9 and 16 November. A well-preserved set in contemporary bindings.


Oliver Twist

Dickens, Charles

London: Richard Bentley. Fair. 1838. First Edition. Three volumes in original brown fine cloth with gilt spine titles and stamped front and rear boards. First edition mixed issue. Yellow endpapers to all three volumes. Pages in all three volumes are quite bright with spotting mainly confined to preliminaries. Spines (two) have Oliver Twist / Boz / Vol# / London / Richard Bentley and 5 ruled bands. Volume one lacks spine and rear board, with text block loosening and two loose illustrations. Advert for Barnaby Rudge on verso of half-title page as well as adverts on last pages. Line 8 page 35 has the damaged "t" in "encountered. Volume two and three still tightly bound with just a slight lean, light edgewear, bumping and scuffing. Volume two has the first issue Parish Boy's Progress by "Boz" on title page. Advert for two new works on verso of half-title page. Volume three has the second issue church illustration. No half-title page but a two page advert for Bentley's Standard Library with a corner torn away. .


Oliver Twist

Dickens, Charles

London: Richard Bentley 1839, 2nd Edition. () [ii], [1], 2-331; [ii], [1], 2-307; [ii], [1], 2-315pp. Very good. Small octavo. Three volumes. Contemporary half green pebbled calf over marbled boards. Discrete professional restoration to spine and corners. Spine in 6 compartments with gilt titles to second. Raised bands flanked with double gilt ruling. Some chipping to marbled papers on edges of boards. Plates browned, else very clean internally. Lacking half titles. A nicely bound second edition of Charles Dickens' beloved Oliver Twist, issued just one year after the first edition and in the original Triple Decker format. With the 24 engravings by George Cruikshank that are included in the first edition. This second novel by Charles Dickens introduced Oliver Twist, who has endured as one of the most compelling child protagonists in fiction. An excellent set of this classic in an attractive contemporary binding..


Oliver Twist;

Charles Dickens

London - Thomas Hailes Lacy, 1859 Book. Very Good. Hardcover. First edition.. An exciting and very scarce little volume, containing the first dramatisation of Charles Dicken's Oliver Twist and The Cricket on the Hearth. Dickens (1812 1870) was an English writer and social critic. He created some of the world's most memorable fictional characters and is generally regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian period. During his life, his works enjoyed unprecedented fame, and by the twentieth century his literary genius was broadly acknowledged by critics and scholars. His novels and short stories continue to be widely popular. Each playis bound with the paper wraps in which they were originally published for French's Acting Editions. The Cricket on the Hearth is also accompanied by a delightful engraved frontispiece. Each is a first edition thus. In a Mcrrell binding. Condition: In a quarter calf binding over cloth covered boards. Externally, very smart with the lightest of wear only, leather a trifle marked. Internally, firmly bound. Pages lightly spotted throughout but otherwise clean. Overall: VERY GOOD..


OLIVER TWIST; or The Parish Boy's Progress. [as published in] BENTLEY'S MISCELLANY. American Edition. Vol I. Vol. II. [bound with] SUPPLEMENT To BENTLEY'S MISCELLANY, American Edition

Dickens, Charles [1812 - 1870]

New - York: Jemima M. Lewer, Publisher, 1838. 1st printing thus (cf. Smith AMERICAN 3n6). Modern brown quarter-leather bindings, with marbled paper boards. Bindings: Fine. Textblocks: stained & foxed. Vol I lacking 2 preliminary leaves ["Contents"] with one subsequent leaf, pp. 121/122, having a closed tear. Title leaf with a bit of edge restoration. Overall, Good. Illustrations generally clean, with only occasional foxing and/or browning.. 2 volumes: [[2], [v] - viii, 188; 628; v, [1], 208, [2], 313 - 416, [2], 417 - 520, [2], 521 - 632; [4], 188, 355 - 366 pp. Vol II begins with announcement for Barnaby Rudge, [dated Dec. 1, 1838]. NB. Vol II Supplement duplicates OT through Chap XIX, plus the 9 plates, found in Vol I> Vol I: 24 inserted plates [OT - 15], on heavier stock yellow paper, after Cruikshank's originals. Tissue guards present. Vol II: 5 plates for OT [one ("Mr. Bumble degraded ...") imperfect, with loss in lower right quadrant]. 8vo. 9-1/2" x 5-5/8" According to Smith, William Lewer began publication of OT with Chapter 20 [in January 1838], issuing the supplement in June 1838 [containing Chapters I - 19]. Jemima Lewer, in August 1838, continued monthly publication through April 1839. These two volumes contain that text & illustrations published through December 1838 [Book the Third, Chapter 8]. A rather uncommon US periodical publication of Dickens' famous novel.


Oliver Twist.

DICKENS, Charles.

London: Richard Bentley,, 1839. 3 volumes, octavo (191 x 116 mm). Contemporary tan half calf, red and dark green morocco labels, raised bands, compartments elaborately tooled in gilt, marbled sides, all edges speckled red. Frontispiece to each volume and 21 other plates by George Cruikshank, bound without the list of plates in Vol. I and the half-titles. Early 20th-century armorial bookplate to front pastedowns and Dickens centenary stamp to initial blank of first volume. Boards a little rubbed and lightly scuffed, plates browned as usual, some offsetting, short split to lower gutter of last plate in Vol. III. An excellent set. Second edition in handsome contemporary bindings, retaining the three-volume format of the first edition, which was published the preceding year.


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Oliver Twist

Charles Dickens

UK: Richard Bentley. London, Richard Bentley, 1839. Second Edition. Three volumes bound in sumptuous full patterned leather. Each with five raised bands. Books are near fine with owner names and heavy offsetting (and some foxing) to the plates. A really lovely set. . Near Fine. Hardback. 2nd Edition. 1839.




Richard Bentley 1839 Second edition. three volumes. Publisher's reddish brown cloth with araqesque design to boards, gilt lettered spines. Lettered Boz to front of spine . Recased and repaired, some loss to lettering third vol affecting "O" and "T" in Oliver twist. Recent primrose yellow replacement endpapers. Scattered foxing to plates slightly higher to frontis plates. Third title page cropped to outer margin. Some plates exhibiting heavy foxing. LIttle mottling and marking to boards vol.3.Wear and fraying to board extremities. Good set


OLIVER TWIST; or The Parish Boy's Progress. A Drama, in Three Acts. Adapted from the Celebrated Novel, by Mr. Charles Dickens

Dickens, Charles [1812 - 1870]. Barnett, C. Z. - Playwright

London: Thomas Hailes Lacy, 89, Strand, 1859. 1st edition thus (cf. Bolton 2; Kitton 460). Modern brown quarter calf over marbled paper boards. Black leather author & title labels to spine ["Oliver Twist" "Dickens"]. Volume with 17 August 1921 Maggs Brothers receipt tipped-in to volume's front eps. Binding - Fine. Text - VG+.. 48 pp. With leaf bound-in after p. 4 providing cast for "performance at the Queens Theatre Edinburgh, 5 Sept, 1859". Frontispiece by Findlay, a re-engraving of Cruikshank's original "Oliver's reception by Fagin and the boys." 12mo. 7-1/4" x 4-1/4" The first title in a sammelband volume including 16 other 19th C. dramatic works. Price is for the entire volume of 17 titles.


Oliver Twist; or, The Parish Boy's Progress (3 vols)

Dickens, Charles

London: Richard Bentley. Good. 1838. First; First. Hardback. All vols: Brown leather half-binding; very worn. Brown leather boards; very worn and marked. Spines worn, with damage to head and tail of vols i + iii, with small losses. Binding of all vols intact, though a little frail; front joint of vol ii partially exposed; binding of vols ii + iii a little skewed. Gilt titling (a little rubbed, but still quite bright) on red leather at head of spine. Illustrations by George Cruickshank: there is a frontispiece in each vol, and 19 other plates in total, including "Fireside", in vol iii, which was replaced in later editions at Dickens's insistence. pp quite supple, though there is occasional staining, and very occasional spotting, and very occasional pencil marks. The circular ink stamp of the "Ootacamund Club Reading Room" is stamped on a number of pages - this club, which still exists, was originally set up in the early 1840s by British army officers in India. Vol i: advert for "Barnaby Rudge: by 'Boz'" on verso of half-title page; new front and rear pastedowns and endpapers; small diagonal split in middle of page, but no losses or missing text; malformed "t" in "encountered" on p35, line 8 . Vol ii: Publisher's ads, dd November 1838, on verso of half-title page; title page missing; small loss at right-hand edge of p2 - tiny amount of text missing; tear on p91 - tiny amount of text missing. Vol iii: 2pp publisher's ads at front; frontis. loose, but laid in; app 1" x 2" piece missing from top corner of p200, but text unaffected; pp313-315, app 4" horizontal split in page, but no losses or damage to text. ; 8vo (5" x 7"); 2-331; 2-307; 2-315 pages .


OLIVER TWIST (Near Fine Example of the First "Cheap" Edition in Original Cloth)

Dickens, Charles

London: Chapman & Hall, 1850. Dickens, Charles. OLIVER TWIST. Frontispiece by George Cruikshank. London: Chapman & Hall, 1850. Original blind-stamped green publisher's cloth with spines elaborately decorated in gilt. First "Cheap" Edition (actually volume 6 of the first and most important collected works of Dickens, with a new 4pp introduction by Dickens and a specially commissioned new frontispiece). Begun in 1847 with writings already published, Dickens added further titles to his "works" as he went along. Despite being called "cheap" -- these volumes are just as high quality in texture and ornamentation as his first editions; there are 17 volumes and 18 titles in total, we've never seen a complete set in fine original condition and individual volumes in collector's condition are scarce. A remarkably FINE copy of this surprising scarce edition in original cloth, spine a trifle browned (as almost always with this olive-green cloth), a few pages slightly foxed, minor wear to the extremities, bright gilt, and excellent eye appeal. First Edition Thus. Decorative Cloth. Near Fine. Illus. by George Cruikshank.


Oliver Twist (Penguin Joint Venture Readers)

Dickens, Charles

Longman. PAPERBACK. 0582448980 . Very Good.