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Dickens, Charles / Ainsworth, W. Harrison / Hugo, Victor / Ingoldsby, Thomas / Colman, George et al. Bentley’s Miscellany Volumes I – V (1-5). [Including the complete first publication of Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist, illustrated by George Cruikshank and PHIZ]. First Editions. Five Volumes. London, Richard Bentley, 1837, 1838 & 1839. 22 x 14 cm. Vol.1: vii, 636 pages, 16 Plates / Vol.2: vii, 636 pages, 13 Plates / Vol.3: viii, 628 pages, 12 Plates / Vol.4: vii, 632 pages, 15 Plates / Vol.5: vi, 673 pages, 18 Plates. Vol.1-4: Black half-leather over marbled boards. Raised Bands. Vol.5: Brown half-leather over marbled boards. Marbled edges and end papers. Black spine labels. See images. Very good condition. Bindings rubbed and bumped. Gilt titles on spines faded out on volumes 1-4. Edges and end papers dust dulled. Some spotting and age darkening. Overall a very nice set. See images.
Charles Dickens worked as the Editor of Bentley’s Miscellany between 1836 and 1839. Oliver Twist, one of Dickens’ most important books was published in parts over the first five volumes of the Miscellany, under his pseudonym of ‘Boz’. There are other smaller texts by Dickens included in those five volumes. The Oliver Twist sections are illustrated by George Cruikshank.
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