With Illustrations by H.K. Browne. London: Bradbury & Evans, December 1855 - June 1857. Original light blue-green pictorial wrappers.
First Edition, in the original 20-in-19 monthly serial parts (the final one being a double number), issued beginning December 1855 and ending June 1857. LITTLE DORRIT was published right after BLEAK HOUSE, and just before A TALE OF TWO CITIES.
This is a remarkably complete set: it has all the "Little Dorrit Advertiser" leaves, plus the extra preliminary catalogues and slips; in addition, it has 55 of the 57 individual insets and slips at the rear of the parts -- lacking only a slip in Part XII and a slip in Part XIII. Part XV has the first and usual reading, "Rigaud" (later corrected to "Blandois"), and Part XVI has the related correction slip.
As a rule the wrappers are all quite clean, with as usual a bit more soil and wear to the first and last parts; a couple of the parts have very discreet spine repairs but many are quite simply fine. The forty plates by "Phiz" are quite clean, with less-than-usual foxing and marginal darkening. In all, this is a near-fine set, housed in a morocco-backed clamshell case with inner chemise (which bears the bookplate of the noteworthy collection of Jeremy & Penny Martin). Hatton & Cleaver pp 305-330. Item #15020