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Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens - First edition in book form - 1839 - from The First Edition (SKU: 83)

Nicholas Nickleby

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Nicholas Nickleby

by Charles Dickens

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London: Chapman and Hall, 1839. First edition in book form. Hardcover. Good +/no dust jacket. Daniel Maclise, Phiz, Thomas Onwhyn. Charles Dickens Nicholas Nickleby is a first edition with all the plates and additionally the Charles Dickens Nicholas Nickleby plates by Thomas Onwhyn. This Charles Dickens Nicholas Nickleby first edition book has the Charles Dickens portrait plate by Daniel Maclise, 39 Nicholas Nickleby plates by Phiz and additionally all 40 scarce additional plates by Thomas Onwhyn who went under his name and also his pseudonym of Peter Palette. There are a total of 80 plates in this Charles Dickens Nicholas Nickleby first edition book. This Charles Dickens Nicholas Nickleby first edition in book form comes in an antique half calf leather over marbled boards which have a six compartment spine with the title Nicholas Nickleby in gilt. The binding is worn with knocks to the leather corners and to the top and bottom of the leather spine. But, the boards are complete and sound in construction. There are 624 numbered pages with green endpapers, lacking the half title page, and with the Charles Dickens frontispiece and 79 plates by Hablot Knight Browne or Phiz and Thomas Onwhyn throughout this book. The Charles Dickens Nicholas Nickleby pages are in Good to Very Good condition with foxing to the pages and plates, the plate opposite page 68 has become detached with time and is loosely inserted, and there are a number of professional tape repairs throughout the book.


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This is a rare and collectable Charles Dickens Nicholas Nickleby book , being a first issue with the issue points and all of the original plates plus a set of plates by Thomas Onwhyn.


Nicholas Nickleby finds himself penniless after his father's death and turns to his wealthy uncle to help him find work in effort to protect his mother and sister. But Ralph Nickleby proves both hard-hearted and unscrupulous, and Nicholas finds himself forced to navigate  his own way in the world. This adventure gave Dickens the opportunity to portray an extraordinary gallery of rogues and eccentrics: Wackford Squeers, the tyrannical headmaster of Dotheboys Hall, a school for unwanted boys; the slow-witted orphan Smike, rescued by Nicholas; and the gloriously theatrical Mr and Mrs Crummles and their daughter, the 'infant phenomenon'. Like many of Dickens's novels, Nicholas Nickleby is characterised by his outrage at cruelty and social injustice, but is also a lively work, revealing his comic genius at its highest.

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Nicholas Nickleby
Charles Dickens
Daniel Maclise, Phiz, Thomas Onwhyn
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Used - Good +
Jacket condition
no dust jacket
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First edition in book form
Chapman and Hall
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Date published
Nicholas Nickleby, Charles Dickens, Phiz, Thomas Onwhyn, Daniel Maclise, Peter Palette
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Marbled boards
half title
The blank front page which appears just prior to the title page, and typically contains only the title of the book, although, at...[more]
First Edition
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Sometimes used as another term for dust jacket, a protective and often decorative wrapper, usually made of paper which wraps...[more]
The outer portion of a book which covers the actual binding. The spine usually faces outward when a book is placed on a shelf....[more]
Full page illustration or photograph. Plates are printed separately from the text of the book, and bound in at production. I.e.,...[more]
title page
A page at the front of a book which may contain the title of the book, any subtitles, the authors, contributors, editors, the...[more]
Calf or calf hide is a common form of leather binding.  Calf binding is naturally a light brown but there are ways to treat...[more]
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