Charles Dickens Library. Complete In 18 Volumes With 1200 Illustrations Including Five Hundred Special Plates Drawn Expressly For This Edition .
By DICKENS, CHARLES : Hammerton, J A (Ed)
London: The Educational Book Co. Ltd.,, 1910. There are no dates in the volumes I examined. 1910 seems to be about right. This makes it more or less a “Centenary Edition” since C D was born in 1812, and the publishers would have wanted to get it finished in time for the Centenary ( my guess). I am not sure from where they get “1200 Illustrations”. It seems only the 500 done by H F made it into the books. The condition is surprising and outstanding. The volumes have certainly never been read except for me dipping into Oliver Twist. The main “Fault” , which is hardly such, is a gentle uniform yellowing. 5 raised bands with elaborate intertwining leaves occupy 4 compartments; gold titles the other 2. Gold “C D” on the front cover; top edge gold; original reinforced interior hinges; “marbled” endpapers appear to be of the printed variety and are slightly foxed around the margins. All gold is bright and fresh. My price matches another similar set on in June 2015. Postage for 18 books will be far in excess of Abe’s quote but I am prepared to subsidise some cost of postage overseas if you contact me direct. Please see my listings for other editions of C D. Centenary Edition. Half Morocco & Red Cloth.. Fine./None. Illus. by Furniss, Harry. 191x823x137mm. Collectable.