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The Posthumous Papers of
The Pickwick Club,
with Twenty Illustrations

By Charles Dickens

Overall condition is Good.  First Edition, as such. "Simmons & Company's New Five Cent Library." An example of innovative (if dishonest) advertising techniques, given the common belief that Dickens' classic was pirated to be cheaply printed, with a runner ad at the bottom of every page of the text's 206 pages.  The illustrated cover, as well as all of the illustrations, are by A. Billinghame.  G. W. Simmons was not a publisher at all--but a large Boston department store selling everything from knap-sacks to fine suits to hammocks to sabers.  Four pages of ads appear at front and back that are interesting--such as, Dobbins' Electric Soap and Buffalo Coats with Beaver Trim ($38).  (The ad warns that buffalo are fast becoming extinct, so you'd better get your coat now.)  The book, pages browned, some crumbling on the fore-edge of front cover, has been professionally rebacked with suitable brown paper that covers the spine and provides a full paper back.  The front cover is intact, with expert repairs and restorations.  The book is in a handsome green clamshell box with the title on the spine of the box.
(Additional scans available on request.)
Our Inventory Item #G1818
Price:  $155
(Sorry, this book is SOLD)
Green Clamshell Box
Title Page

Pickwick Papers inside Clamshell Box

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