Wholesale, Retail, and for Exportation. With Illustrations by H.K. Browne. [In 20-in-19 monthly serial parts.] London: Bradbury & Evans, 1846-1848. Original light blue-green pictorial wrappers.
First Edition, as issued in 20-in-19 monthly serial parts beginning in October 1846 and ending in April 1848. The serialization of this novel began upon the end of serialization of OLIVER TWIST (the scarcest of all "Dickens in parts," occurring eight years after its publication in book form); until OLIVER TWIST these monthly parts of Dickens's works were issued by Chapman & Hall, but were now being issued by Bradbury & Evans. Part XVIII of DOMBEY AND SON includes the first so-called "dark plate" (possible due to a new process) to appear in a Dickens work; there would be another in DAVID COPPERFIELD, followed by ten in BLEAK HOUSE and eight in LITTLE DORRIT. At the end of serialization, DOMBEY AND SON was published in book form -- the preliminary leaves for which are supplied at the end of the final monthly part.
This is a very good set, in all the proper original wrappers except that Part IV has a substitute matching plain blue rear wrapper. Part IV also lacks the preliminary and terminal ads, and there are ad leaves lacking in III, X, XV and XIX/XX; otherwise all of the ads specified by H&C are present. As for issue points (there are three), this set is mixed: it reads "Capatin" on p. 324 (1st state), "if" is present on p. 426 (2nd state), and "431" is present on that page (2nd state). Condition is generally very good, with some edge-wear on a few numbers' wrappers, and some spines a little worn; there are some ink-marks on the Part I rear wrapper, the plates are foxed on the Part IV plates, and the Part XIX/XX plates have a waterstain. In all, a very presentable set, housed in a cloth clamshell case. Hatton & Cleaver pp 225-250. Item #14890