DICKENS, CHARLES. ["BOZ"] Oliver Twist; or, the Parish Boy's Progress.
DICKENS, CHARLES. ["BOZ"] Oliver Twist; or, the Parish Boy's Progress. London: Richard Bentley, 1838. 3 vols. 8vo., 20.6 x 13 cm. First Edition; first issue title pages with the author noted as "Boz," and with the suppressed "Fireside" version. 24 plates by Cruikshank. The fireside plate and the the inclusion of Boz met with Dicken's immediate objection within a week or so after publication. The plate was suppressed and the author's name corrected, and consequently relatively few copies of the first state were issued. Original publisher's embossed cloth; internally, uncut, some light soiling, fading, bruising to corners, the vol. 3 spine re-cased, vol.2 with slight repair to head of spine, very slight peeling to upper spine vol 1; internally some light toning, foxing, offsetting. Each volume individually boxed a slightly worn half morocco slipcase. Overall, a pleasing and attractive set of this coveted work in the original cloth. Provenance: 19th century armorial ex-libris of "H.H.", and without evidence but by repute from the collection of Priscilla and Samuel Meek