His Relatives, Friends, and Enemies. Comprising all his wills and his ways; with an historical record of what he did, and what he didn't. Edited by Boz. With Illustrations by "Phiz." London: Chapman & Hall, 1843-1844. Original light blue-green pictorial wrappers.
First Edition, as originally issued in 20-in-19 monthly serial parts, beginning in January 1843 and ending in July 1844. With MARTIN CHUZZLEWIT, Dickens reverted to the conventional method of serializing his novels, with monthly parts each illustrated with two engraved plates; after NICHOLAS NICKLEBY he had experimented with the idea of a weekly serial (under the title "Master Humphrey's Clock") illustrated with woodcuts within the text -- in which format THE OLD CURIOSITY SHOP and BARNABY RUDGE had been introduced to the public.
CHUZZLEWIT is one of the more difficult "Dickens in parts" to find complete, due to the plethora of inserted advertisements. All of the "Chuzzlewit Advertiser" leaves are here present (some last leaves, like those promoting Dickens's new book A CHRISTMAS CAROL, are inserted after the plates as is called for). This set has most but not all of the myriad terminal ads: six parts are lacking a slip or an ad, but on the other hand five parts have ads not called for by Hatton & Cleaver. All of the wrappers are "correct" -- i.e., none is supplied from another part; the XIX/XX wrapper is in the second state, with a sentence added to the inside rear cover.
The plates are all present, and on the whole are remarkably clean; the vignette title plate in the final part has "£100" and five studs -- (not, as is often claimed, an issue point, but simply a matter of several steels being used to print the etchings simultaneously). The wrappers themselves are surprisingly clean and bright, with very little soil and only minor edge-wear (though some spines appear to be deftly reinforced underneath). In all, a near-fine, highly-collectible set of a tough Dickens edition, housed in a morocco-backed slipcase with inner chemise (unorthodox bookplate on chemise). Hatton & Cleaver pp 183-212. Item #14881