1844 1st ed Martin Chuzzlewit Charles Dickens English Lit Satire Illustrated
“If I was a painter, and was to paint the American Eagle, how should I do it?”
- Charles Dickens, Martin Chuzzlewit
This rare first edition, first issue, was believed by Dickens to be his best work, though it was the least popular of his works. Dickens originally released the story in 20 monthly parts; however, upon realizing its failing popularity, he changed the plot to send the title character, Chuzzlewit, to America. Dickens sought to elaborate on his own views of selfishness in America, and, in doing so, created popularity within a lesser-known character.
Item number: #1522
The life and adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit. With illus. by Phiz.
London: Chapman and Hall, 1844. First edition.
•Collation complete with all pages: xiv, , 624
o40 steel engraved plates including double frontispiece
•References: Eckel, pp. 71-73; Smith I:7; Jupp, Dickens Collection of Books 308; Grolier, Dickens, 125.
•Binding: Half-calf leather with marbled boards; tight & secure
•Size: ~8.5in X 5.5in (21.5cm x 14cm)
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