London: Chapman & Hall, Ltd. / Lawrence & Jellicoe, Ltd., 1910. Aldin, Cecil. First Edition. Hardcover. First trade edition with illustrations by Cecil Aldin, quarto size, 927 pp. Near Fine / Fair. Item #20010501
Dickens' first novel, with which many of us are familiar; the quixotic Mr. Pickwick is the main character in "The Pickwick Papers", although he is mostly a passive and innocent figure in the story around whom the other more active characters operate.
This version is the first (trade) with illustrations by Cecil Charles Windsor Aldin (1870-1935). Mr. Aldin studied art and anatomy, and "shortly after his work began to be published he gained a reputation for humerous hunting subjects. Aldin's activities as a countryman enabled him to draw the funny side of horsemanship from inside that exclusive group. His brightly coloured books, the illustrations simply outlined, were the staple diet of country houses between the wars. His ability was in putting the spirit of an incident on to paper rather than the accuracy of it, in this he shared something with both Leech and Caldecott who clearly influenced him. He was the ideal illustrator for 'Pickwick' and 'Handley Cross', which were issued in 1910 and 1912, respectively" (Houfe, pg. 44).
___DESCRIPTION: Tan cloth binding with dark brown lettering and vignette on front boards and spine, fore- and bottom edges uncut, plain endpapers, printed by Ballantyne, Hanson & Co., Edinburgh, illustrations by Cecil Aldin, title pages in black and red; Volume I contains thirteen color plates (frontispiece plus twelve additional), each tissue-guarded (with the tissues having the plate title printed thereon) and Volume II contains eleven, with both volumes also having numerous black and white illustrations scattered throughout the text. Pagination: Volume I, (i)-x, (1)-450 and Volume II, (i)-x, (1)-457. The dust jackets are of heavy brown paper with darker brown lettering and vignettes which mirror the binding on the books; the jackets are not price-clipped, although there is no printed price on either the flaps or the spine.
___CONDITION: Both volumes are near fine, with strong, square text blocks, solid hinges, straight corners with a minimum of rubbing, the interiors are clean and bright, and they are entirely free of prior owner markings; a few gatherings were somewhat roughly opened by a prior owner. The dust jackets, alas, have not fared as well; they are fair only with large pieces of the jacket spines missing for both volumes, with the jacket for Volume I being in particularly rough condition with some loss to the front and back panels as well as the spine and the jacket being in three pieces, Volume II is somewhat better although still missing large pieces from the spine.
___CITATION: Podeschi B25.
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