The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens
Illustrated by Steven Spurrier
Published by Heritage Press, New York in 1940
Signed Custom Leather Binding by the Harcourt Bindery
Near FINE Condition
Binding Details: Signed custom binding by the Harcourt Bindery, Charlestown, Massachusetts bound in three-quarter morocco leather over complimentary cloth covered boards with raised bands to the spine, gilt titles and ruling, and decorative central gold gilt motifs and borders. Single gilt lines to the boards and corners. There are hand-sewn silk endbands, marbled endpapers, with the top page edges gold gilted. The Harcourt Bindery stamp appears on the top of the first free endpaper and their bindery label appears on the bottom of the last free endpaper.
Book Details: Originally published serially by Chapman & Hall in nineteen monthly installments from April, 1839 – October, 1839, this is the 1940 Heritage Press edition that features 8 full page color illustrations including a frontispiece by Steven Spurrier. David Perdue in his article on Nicholas Nickleby wrote, “Dickens traveling under an assumed name visited the notorious boarding schools in Yorkshire to do background research for the novel, which deals with the mistreatment of children sent to these schools. Although the central theme takes on this serious subject, Dickens mixes in some of his best comic writing. Dickens biographers George Gissing and G.K. Chesterton praised the comic characterization of the novel and Peter Ackroyd, in his biography Dickens, says that Nicholas Nickleby is ‘perhaps the funniest novel in the English language’."
Measures approximately 9” x 6” with 784 pages as well as an essay by John T. Winterick, table of chapters, and list of color plates.
Condition Report: The binding is in Near FINE condition with some rubbing to the leather and cloth on the back cover. Internally, the book is very clean with no signs of previous ownership. Overall, this is a beautiful binding that houses one of Dicken’s most critically acclaimed novels.
A photograph of the binding appears in the photo section of the listing.