Bloomsbury: The Nonesuch Press, 1937-1938. First Nonesuch Edition. Original cloth. Limited to 877 sets, complete with the original steel plate engraved by H. K. Browne ('Phiz') titled "The Eyes of Mrs. Chick are Opened to Lucretia Tox" used in 'Dombey & Son' (includes a pull taken from plate with letter of authenticity signed by Arthur Waugh); and Nonesuch Dickensiana: Retrospectus and Prospectus. 8vo. Various paginations. Edited by Arthur Waugh, Hugh Walpole, Thomas Hatton and Walter Dexter. Frontispiece, numerous illustrations, mostly in-text. bound in cloth of various colors with gilt-lettered black leather spine labels; TEG. Minor wear & slight fading to spines; else a uniformly fine set. This is a heavy set and will require additional shipping. Item #18506
The Nonesuch Press was founded in 1922 in London by poet Francis Meynell, his wife, Vera, and author David Garnett. In 1937, the press decided to produce a definitive collection of Charles Dickens’s work by printing beautifully designed and bound sets that featured the author’s original typesetting. The major part of the appeal of the set was that each complete set that was purchased came with one of the original engraved steel plates used for the illustrations in the first editions of Dickens’s novels. The Nonesuch Press purchased the plates from Dickens’s original publisher, Chapman and Hall and they were authenticated and packaged for this purpose. The limitation was determined by the number of original illustrated plates used in the first editions by Chapman and Hall. The Nonesuch edition contains full-color illustrations selected by Dickens himself, by artists including Hablot Knight Browne ( Phiz ), George Cruikshank, John Leech, Robert Seymour, and George Cattermole. - PUB801. (Gimbel D212).