Publisher: London: Bradbury and Evans, 1846-48.
Edition: First edition, parts issue.
Bibliographical References: Hatton & Cleaver, pages 227-250. This set agrees with H&C's description, except that in part 11 there is no ad for Letts & Son, and the ad for Kaye’s Pills in part 12 varies slightly from the one they described. Two of the three misprints noted by H&C are present: part 11, page 324, “Capitan” for “Captain”; part 14, page 426, “if” is not present; on page 431, the page number is present (in H&C's earliest issue the number is omitted).
Condition: Plates foxed - as seems inevitable - some minor paper repairs to the corners of a few spines; a few wrappers slightly soiled and smudged; overall in very nice condition, as issued, enclosed in a chemise and cloth slipcase.
Book ID: 19908
Description20 parts in 19, as issued, 8vo, original pictorial blue wrappers. 40 plates.
CommentsA fine set of Dombey and Son in original parts, completely unsophisticated, as evidenced by the ink signature on each front wrapper of a contemporary reader, Stephen Blair. Dickens novels in parts with the evidence of the contemporary ownership on each wrapper are scarce, and such provenance is virtually the only way to establish that a set has not been sophisticated, “married” or “made up.”.