DICKENS, Charles. "PHIZ", pseud. H.K. Browne (illustrator). The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club. London: Chapman and Hall, 1837.
8vo., choicely bound in full green morocco gilt, decorative gilt spine with five raised bands and title and author in gilt direct to spine, with circular red leather inlay to upper board housing Dickens' initials and device in gilt, all edges gilt, red morocco doublures and set into the inside of the upper cover a fine miniature of Dickens under perspex, red watered-silk endleaves and elaborate gilt turn-ins; preserved in a velvet-lined fall-down-back box; etched frontispiece, title-page and 41 plates by "Phiz" (H.K. Browne); pp. xiv, [ii], 609, [i]; bound without half-title, light toning throughout and some sporadic foxing, particularly to frontis, much less pronounced than usual.
First edition, with all plates as called for.
A lavishly bound copy of the book that made Dickens famous. The binding was executed by Sangorski and Sutcliffe in the "Cosway style" invented around the turn of the century by Sotheran's then managing director, J. H. Stonehouse, a keen Dickensian. The name Cosway derives from the Regency miniaturist Richard Cosway, noted for his delicate portraiture. The present example shows the young Dickens (age 27) and is based upon a well-known painting by Daniel Maclise; which was later engraved and used as the frontispiece to Nicholas Nickleby.
A lavishly bound example of an English Classic.