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The Pickwick Papers
(Chapman and Hall, 19/20 monthly parts; April 1836 to Nov. 1837)
Sketches by Boz
(Chapman and Hall, 20 monthly parts; Nov. 1837 to June 1839)
(Chapman and Hall, 19/20 monthly parts; April 1838 to Oct. 1839)
Master Humphreys' Clock
(Chapman and Hall, 88 weekly parts; April 1840 to Nov. 1841; contains The Old Curiosity Shop and Barnaby Rudge)
(Chapman and Hall, 19/20 monthly parts; Jan 1843 to July 1844)
(Bradbury & Evans, 10 monthly parts; Jan to Oct. 1846)
Dombey and Son
(Bradbury & Evans, 19/20 monthly parts; Oct. 1846 to April 1848)
(Bradbury & Evans, 19/20 monthly parts; May 1849 to Nov. 1850)
(Bradbury & Evans, 19/20 monthly parts; March 1852 to Sept. 1853)
(Bradbury & Evans, 19/20 monthly parts; Dec. 1855 to June 1857)
A Tale of Two Cities
(Chapman and Hall, 7/8 monthly parts; July to Dec. 1859)
Our Mutual Friend
(Chapman and Hall, 19/20 monthly parts; May 1864 to Nov. 1865)
The Mystery of Edwin Drood
(Chapman and Hall, 6 monthly parts; April to Sept. 1870)
[Frontispiece illustrations only.] 17 vols. 1847-68.
[In cases where the novel was first issued in monthly parts, a first edition consisted of those parts in their wrappers]
Sketches by Boz. The major portion originally appeared in The Library of Fiction, or Family Story Teller, The Monthly Magazine, The Evening Chronicle, The Morning Chronicle and Bell’s Life in London. Dickens’s first published article A Sunday Out of Town, changed to a Dinner at Poplar Walk, was printed in The Monthly Magazine, Dec., 1833; in Sketches it was renamed Mr. Minns and his Cousin. In book form, first series: Sketches by Boz, Illustrative of Everyday Life, and Everyday People. In two Volumes. Illustrations by George Cruikshank. John Macrone, St. James Square. 1836. Second series: Sketches by Boz: Illustrative of Everyday Life, and Everyday People. The Second Series. Complete in one Volume. John Macrone, St. James Square. 1837. Subsequently published in 20 monthly parts, Nov., 1837 to June, 1839, in pink wrappers designed by Cruikshank: Sketches by Boz Illustrated by George Cruikshank. Chapman and Hall, 186 Strand. 1837. And, on completion, in one volume: Sketches by Boz, Illustrative of Everyday Life and Everyday People. With Forty Illustrations by George Cruikshank. New edition, complete. 1839. [For further bibliographical particulars of the Sketches, see, ante, Eckel, John C., under Bibliography, sect. I.]
The Pickwick Papers. First issued in 20  monthly parts, in green wrappers, beginning April, 1836, XIX and XX forming a double number. Title on wrappers: The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club Containing a faithful record of the Perambulations, Perils, Travels, Adventures and Sporting Transactions of the corresponding Members. Edited by Boz. With Illustrations. Chapman and Hall, 186, Strand. 1836. [A perfect copy should be made up as follows: The 19 parts (all dated 1836) with their green wrappers and advertisements. On the front wrappers to I and II, in place of With Illustrations should be read With four Illustrations by Seymour; and to III With Illustrations by R. W. Buss, which part should, also, contain the two discarded plates by that artist. The two plates in IV should be signed Nemo (not Fizz). There should be addresses by the author in II, III, X and XV; and by the publishers in XVII, XVIII and XX. The plates in I–XII should not have any written descriptions, but should have numbered page references to the subjects treated. The plates in XIII–XX should not have either descriptions or numbers. The name Weller on the inn signboard in the illustration on title-page should be spelt with a V. The extra illustrations by Crowquill, Heath, Onwhyn and Samuel Weller, and Sibson, should be bound in, together with their wrappers and advertisements complete.]
Posthumous Papers of The Pickwick Club. With forty-three illustrations by R. Seymour and Fizz. 1837. The Posthumous Papers of The Pickwick Club. With Illustrations, after Fizz. V(an) D(iemens) Land: Harry Dowling, Launceston. 1838. [The rare Tasmanian edition.] With numerous illustrations, by Sam Weller, Jr., and Alfred Crowquill, Esq. Philadelphia, 1838. With illustrations by R. Seymour, R. W. Buss, Hablot K. Browne and J. Leech. 2 vols. 1887. [The illustrations are facsimiles of the original drawings prepared for the plates.] With the 43 original illustrations and 223 additional pictures references and analogies and facsimiles. Collected and annotated by C. Van Noorden. Together with the original announcement of the work prefaces, addresses and suppressed notes, etc., repeated/reprinted from the Victoria edition, with the notes by C. P. Johnson. (The Topical Edition.) 2 vols. 1909. Illustrated by Cecil Aldin: 2 vols. 1910. Extra Illustrations: Thirty-two Illustrations to The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, from sketches at the time and places, by Mr. Samuel Weller. Grattan and Gilbert. [Frontispiece dated Nov., 1837. Published in eight parts in green wrappers; described as being by T. Onwhyn and Sam Weller. The plates were executed by Onwhyn with the assistance of various unknown hands.] Pickwickian Illustrations by William Heath. Twenty Etchings. Published by Thomas McClean. 1837. Pictures Picked from the Pickwick Papers. By Alfred Crowquill [Alfred H. Forrester]. Ackermann and Co., 96, Strand. 1837. [Issued in buff wrappers, in ten biweekly parts; the first dated I May, 1837, and the final part 9 Nov., 1837.] Thomas Sibson’s Racy Sketches of Expeditions from The Pickwick Club. I Jan., 1838. Plates  to Illustrate the cheap edition of the Pickwick Club. From original Designs by John Gilbert, Engraved by … Greenaway and Knight E. Appleyard. [1847.] Six Original Illustrations. Engraved on wood, from drawings By Fizz. [1847.] Pickwick Pictures. Original Illustrations to The Pickwick Papers (Anonymous). Published by W. Strange, Paternoster Row. [1847.] [Four parts, no date] Twenty-four Illustrations to The Pickwick Club. By T. Onwhyn. Drawn and Etched in 1847. Albert Jackson, 224 Great Portland Street. 1894. Six illustrations to the Posthumous Papers of The Pickwick Club. (By Fizz. .) Grego, Joseph (ed.). Pictorial Pickwickiana, Charles Dickens and his illustrators. With 350 Drawings and Engravings by Robert Seymour, Buss, H. K. Browne (Fizz.), Leech, Crowquill, Onwhyn, Sibson, Heath, John Gilbert, C. R. Leslie, F. W. Pailthorpe, Charles Green, etc. Notes on contemporaneous illustrations and Pickwick artists. 2 vols. 1899.
Oliver Twist. First appeared in Bentley’s Miscellany Jan., 1837, and continued in monthly portions, concluding Jan., 1838. First edition. in book form: Oliver Twist or, the Parish Boy’s Progress. By Boz. Three Volumes. Richard Bentley, New Burlington Street. 1838. [A few early copies contain the rejected Fireside plate.] Second edition. 1838. Also 1839 and 1841. The Adventures of Oliver Twist. With twenty-four illustrations on steel, by George Cruikshank. A new edition, revised and corrected. Published for the Author, By Bradbury & Evans, Whitefriars. 1846. [This edition. was originally published in 10 monthly parts bound in green pictorial wrappers designed by Cruikshank; the first number being issued Jan., 1846.]
Nicholas Nickleby. Published in 20  monthly parts in green wrappers, beginning April, 1838, and concluding with the double number containing XIX and XX Oct., 1839. On wrappers: The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby Containing a Faithful Account of the Fortunes, Misfortunes, Uprisings, Downfalls, and Complete Career of the Nickleby Family. Edited by Boz. With Illustrations By Fizz. Chapman and Hall. Forty extra illustrations, in eight parts in green and buff wrappers, were published by E. Grattan, 1839, after designs by Onwhyn. The same year twenty-four portraits of the chief characters, in six parts in illustrated wrappers, were issued by Robert Dyas(spelling?), drawn by Kenny Medowes, under the pseudonym Miss La Creevy.
Master Humphrey’s Clock; The Old Curiosity Shop, Barnaby Rudge. Issued in 88 weekly parts and 20 monthly numbers, April, 1840, to Nov., 1841; the former in white, the latter in green, wrappers. Also, in 3 vols. containing the Clock matter, Old Curiosity Shop and Barnaby Rudge. The two main stories were subsequently published as separate books. On wrappers: Master Humphrey’s Clock By Boz. [Month and year.] With Illustrations By G. Cattermole and H. K. Browne. Chapman and Hall. [From the beginning of Barnaby Rudge until the end, part of the title reads: With Illustrations By G. Cattermole & H. K. Browne. Barnaby Rudge. In parts 46–51 of the weekly issue, the name Rudge is misprinted Rudce.]
The Old Curiosity Shop; with illustrations by George Cattermole and H. K. Browne. 1841.
Barnaby Rudge; a tale of the riots of ’Eighty. With illustrations by G. Cattermole and H. K. Browne. 1841.
Martin Chuzzlewit. Published in 20  monthly parts in green wrappers, from Jan., 1843, concluding with Nos. XIX and XX in July, 1844. On wrappers: The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit His Relatives, Friends and Enemies. Comprising All His Wills and His Ways. With an Historical Record of What He Did, and What He did not’t; Showing, moreover, Who Inherited the Family Plate, Who came in for the Silver Spoons, and Who for the Wooden Ladles. The whole Forming a Complete Key to the House of Chuzzlewit. Edited by Boz. With Illustrations by Fizz. Chapman & Hall. 1843. [A few early copies have the £ on the signpost in the illustration on title-page transposed thus: 100£, afterwards altered to £100.]
Dombey and Son. Published in 20  monthly parts in green wrappers, from Oct., 1847, to April, 1848; parts, XIX and XX forming a double number. On wrappers: Dealings with the Firm of Dombey and Son Wholesale, Retail, and for Exportation. With Illustrations by H. K. Browne. Bradbury and Evans, Whitefriars. [The 40 illustrations by Fizz were supplemented by 12 extra plates by him and published in two numbers (No. I containing 8 plates and No. II 4 plates) by Chapman and Hall, 1848. A complete copy should consist of the 20 monthly parts and these extra illustrations bound in.] [Another edition, Bradbury and Evans. 1858.] With illustrations by W. L. Sheppard, New York, 1873.
David Copperfield. Published in 20  monthly parts, in green [blue] wrappers, from May, 1849, to Nov., 1850. Parts, XIX and XX in one. On wrappers: The Personal History, Adventures, Experience, & Observation of David Copperfield the Younger. Of Blunderstone Rookery. (Which He never meant to be Published on any Account.) With Illustrations by H. K. Browne. Bradbury and Evans, Whitefriars.
Bleak House. Published in 20  monthly parts, in green [blue] wrappers beginning Mar., 1852, and ending with a double number containing XIX and XX Sept., 1853. On wrappers: Bleak House. With Illustrations by H. K. Browne. Bradbury & Evans, Bouverie Street.
Times. Published in Household Words from I April to 12 Aug., 1854.
Little Dorrit. Published in 20  monthly parts in green [blue] wrappers Dec., 1855, concluding with a double number containing XIX and XX June, 1857. On wrapper: Little Dorrit. With Illustrations by H. K. Browne. Bradbury & Evans, Bouverie Street. [A printed slip correcting an oversight in the text should be found inserted between pp. 466–7.]
A Tale of Two Cities. Published simultaneously in All the Year Round and in 8  monthly parts, in green [blue] wrappers, beginning in June and ending with a double number in Dec., 1859. On wrappers: A Tale of Two Cities. With Illustrations by H. K. Browne. Chapman and Hall, 193, Piccadilly. [A few first issues have page 213 misprinted 113.]
Great Expectations. Appeared in All the Year Round from Dec., 1860, to Aug., 1861, when it was published in 3 vols. The MS. is in Wisbech Museum. Great Expectations. In Three Volumes. Chapman and Hall, 193, Piccadilly. 1861. [Clean copies of the first edition, are extremely rare, practically the whole issue having been absorbed by the circulating libraries. There are no illustrations to the original edition,]
Our Mutual Friend. Published in 20  monthly parts, in green wrappers, beginning May, 1864, concluding with a double number of XIX and XX Nov., 1865. On wrapper: Our Mutual Friend. With Illustrations By Marcus Stone. Chapman & Hall, Piccadilly. [A printed slip explanatory of the title should be found inserted at the beginning.]
The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Issued in monthly parts, in green wrappers, beginning April, 1870, and, owing to the author’s death, ending with the sixth number. On wrapper: The Mystery of Edwin Drood. With Illustrations. Chapman & Hall, 193, Piccadilly.
CHRISTMAS BOOKS AND NUMBERS
A Christmas Carol. In prose. Being A Ghost Story of Christmas. By Charles Dickens. With Illustrations by John Leech. 1843. [A genuine first issue of the original edition, should have the title-page printed in red and blue and should bear Stave I, in place of Stave One.] A facsimile reproduction of the author’s original MS. With an introduction by F. G. Kitton. 1890.
The Chimes: A Goblin Story of Some Bells that Rang An Old Year Out and A New Year In. 1845. [There are 13 illustrations: by Maclise, Leech, C. Stanfield and Doyle.]
The Cricket On The Hearth. A Fairy Tale Of Home. 1846. [Fourteen illustrations, by Leech, Doyle, Landseer and C. Stanfield.]
The Battle of Life. A Love Story. 1846. [There are four issues of the first edition with slight variants in the Illustrated title-page.]
The Haunted Man And The Ghost’s Bargain. A Fancy for Christmas Time. 1848. [Seventeen illustrations by Tenniel, Leech, F. Stone and C. Stanfield.]
Christmas Numbers of Household Words. 1850. A Christmas Tree. 1851. What Christmas is as we grow older. 1852. A Round of Stories. [The Poor Relation’s Story and The Child’s Story by Dickens.] 1853. Another Round of Stories. [The Schoolboy’s Story and Nobody’s Story.] 1854. The Seven Poor Travelers. [The First Poor Traveler and The Road.] 1855. The Holly Tree Inn. [The Guest, The Boots and The Bill.] 1856. The Wreck of The Golden Mary. [By Dickens and Wilkie Collins.] 1857. The Perils of Certain English Prisoners. [Chapters I and III.] 1858. A House to Let. [Going into Society.] Christmas Numbers of All The Year Round. 1859. The Haunted House. [The Mortals in the House, The Ghost in Master B’s Room, and The Ghost in the Corner Room, by Dickens.] 1860. A Message from the Sea. [Chapters I, II and V. Dickens’s interpolations and emendations are obvious in other portions.] 1861. Tom Tiddler’s Ground. [Chapters I, VI and VII.] 1862. Somebody’s Luggage. [i. His Leaving It Till Called For; ii. His Boots; vii. His Brown-Paper Parcel; X. His Wonderful End. Also a portion of chap. III. ] 1863. Mrs. Lirriper’s Lodgings. [How Mrs. Lirriper carried on the Business and How the Parlors added a few Words. The first Christmas number issued in a wrapper.] 1864. Mrs. Lirriper’s Legacy. [Mrs. Lirriper relates how she went on, and went over and Mrs. Lirriper relates how Jemmy topped up.] 1865. Doctor Marigold’s Prescriptions. [i. To be Taken Immediately; vi. To be Taken with a Grain of Salt; vii. To be Taken for Life.] 1866. Mugby Junction. [Barbox Brothers; Barbox Brothers & Co.; Main Line; The Boy at Mugby; No. I Branch Line. The Signalman.] 1867. No Thoroughfare. [The Overture, portions of Acts I and IV, and the whole of Act III. (See, also, post, sect. VIII, under Plays.)] Christmas Books [i.e. A Christmas Carol, The Chimes, The Cricket on the Hearth, The Battle of Life, The Haunted Man]. 1852. Another edition With illustrations by Landseer, Maclise, Stanfield, F. Stone, Doyle, Leech and Tenniel. 1869.
LESSER WRITINGS AND CONTRIBUTIONS TO PERIODICALS
Sunday Under Three Heads. As it is; As the Sabbath Bills would make it As it might be made. By Timothy Sparks. 1836.
The Mudfog Papers. [Contributed to Bentley’s Miscellany during 1837-8.]
The Mudfog Society and other sketches and stories. [1866.]
The Mudfog Papers. Now first collected. 1880. Second edition 1880.
Memoirs of Joseph Grimaldi Edited by Boz. With Illustrations by George Cruikshank. 2 vols. 1838. With Cruikshank’s illustrations and Charles Whitehead’s notes with introduction and notes by Percy Fitzgerald. 1903.
Sketches of Young Gentlemen. Dedicated to the Young Ladies: With Six Illustrations. By Fizz. 1838.
Sketches of Young Couples; With An Urgent Remonstrance to the Gentlemen of England (Being Bachelors or Widowers), On The Present Alarming Crisis. By The Author of Sketches of Young Gentlemen. With Six Illustrations by Fizz. 1840.
American Notes For General Circulation. 2 vols. 1842.
Threatening Letter to Thomas Hood, from an Ancient Gentleman. By favor of Charles Dickens. Hood’s Magazine and Comic Miscellany. May, 1844.
Pictures From Italy. 1846. [First appeared in The Daily News under the heading Traveling Sketches—Written on the Road, contributed by Dickens during his Italian tour.]
A Child’s Dream of a Star. Household Words. 6 April, 1850. With Illustrations by Hammatt Billings. Boston [U. S. A.], 1871.
A Child’s History of England. Vol. I. England from the Ancient Times to the Death of King John. 1852. Vol. II. The Reign of Henry the Third, to the Reign of Richard the Third. 1853. Vol. III. England from the Reign of Henry the Seventh to The Revolution 1688. 1854. [The
Manuscript in the Victoria & Albert Museum shows only chapters II and IV in Dickens’s handwriting; the remaining portions being dictated to, and written by, his sister-in-law, Georgina Hogarth. First appeared, at irregular periods, in Household Words.]
A Child’s History of England [Another edition] With illustrations by Marcus Stone. 1873.
To Be Read At Dusk. [Privately printed.] 1852. [First printed in The Keepsake, 1852.] With Other Sketches and Essays Hitherto Uncollected. Ed. Kitton, F. G. 1898.
A Curious Dance Round A Curious Tree. [1860.] [First appeared in Household Words, 1852. Frequently described as the work of W. H. Wills. The discovery of the original MS. in America, as described in Eckel’s Bibliography, pp. 211/212, conclusively proves that more than half was written by Dickens and the remainder revised by him.]
The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices. [Written conjointly with Wilkie Collins and printed in Household Words, 1857.] With No Thoroughfare. The Perils of Certain English Prisoners. 1890. [Chapters I and III of The Perils are by Dickens and chapter II by Collins.]
Gone Astray. Published in Household Words, 13 August, 1853. With illustrations by Ruth Cobb, and an introduction by Matz, B. W. 1912.
Hunted Down. First published in The New York Ledger, 20 and 27 Aug. and 3 Sept., 1859; afterwards in All The Year Round, 4 and II April, 1860. With some account of T. G. Wainewright, the Poisoner. [By J. C. H. i. e. John Camden Hotten.] [1870.]
The Uncommercial Traveler. 1861. [Containing seventeen sketches under this heading from Household Words.] Another edition 1866 [issued 1865 with the addition of eleven extra pieces.] (For detailed list see Eckel’s Bibliography, pp. 142/5.) Ed. Chesterton, G. K. [1911.]
In Memoriam, W. M. T. [i.e. W. M. Thackeray]. Cornhill Magazine. 1864.
George Silverman’s Explanation. Atlantic Monthly [U. S. A.]. Jan. Feb. and Mar., 1868.
Holiday Romance. First published in Our Young Folks [U. S. A.], Jan. Mar. April and May, 1868. repeated/reprinted in All The Year Round, 25 Jan., 8 Feb., 14 March and 4 April, 1868.
The Magic Fishbone. [Abstracted from Holiday Romance.] With illustrations by S. Beatrice Pearse. [1912.]
The following fragments will be found in Forster’s Life: Account of a late Expedition into the North, for an Amateur Theatrical Benefit, written by Mrs. Gamp, Inscribed to Mrs. Harris, edited by Charles Dickens. 1, Mrs. Gamp’s Account of her Connection with this Affair. 2, Mrs. Gamp is descriptive. [Memorial edition, Vol. I, chapter I, 1911.]
Mrs. Gamp with the Strolling Players. An Unfinished Sketch. By Charles Dickens. [Privately printed.] New York, 1899. [85 copies only.]
How Mr. Sapsea ceased to be a member of the Eight Club. [An unused chapter for Edwin Drood. Memorial edition, Vol. II, pages. 412–416.]
For a complete list of articles contributed to Bentley’s Miscellany, Household Words, All the Year Round, The Examiner, etc., see The Minor Writings of C. D. by Kitton. Also, bibliography at the end of The Dickens Companion, vol. XVIII of The Charles Dickens Library end of Works, ed. Hammerton, J. A. .
The Ivy Green. A Christmas Carol. Gabriel Grub’s Song. Bold Turpin vunce, on Hounslow Heath. [1837. Pickwick Papers.]
The Fine Old English Gentleman. The Quack Doctor’s Proclamation. Subjects for Painters (after Peter Pindar). [Signed W. The Examiner. 1841.]
Prologue [to The Patrician’s Daughter. 1842.]
A Word in Season. [The Keepsake. 1844.]
The British Lion. The Hymn of the Wiltshire Laborers. [The Daily News, 24 Jan. and 14 Feb. 1846.]
Lines addressed to Mark Lemon. [In a letter to M. L. in 1849 and signed T. Sparkler.]
Prologue and The Song of the Wreck. [The Lighthouse. 1855.]
Prologue [to The Frozen Deep. 1856].
A Child’s Hymn. [The Wreck of the Golden Mary. 1856.] See The Dickensian, no. 5, vol. XII, May, 1916.
The Strange Gentleman (1836). The Strange Gentleman; A Comic Burletta, In Two Acts. By Boz. First Performed at The St. James’s Theatre, on Thursday, 29 September, 1836. 1837.
The Village Coquettes (1836). Songs, Choruses, And Concerted Pieces, in The Operatic Burletta of The Village Coquettes, as performed at The Saint James’s Theatre. The Drama and Words of the Songs By Boz. The Music by John Hullah. 1837.
Is She His Wife? or, Something Singular (1837). Is She His Wife? or Something Singular. A Comic Burletta In One Act. [no date] (An American reprint is dated 1877.)
The Lamplighter (1838). The Lamplighter A Farce Now First Printed from a Manuscript in the Forster Collection at the South Kensington Museum. 1879. [Originally written as a farce for Macready, but withdrawn and afterwards revised and published as Dickens’s contribution to The Pic Nic Papers, and entitled The Lamplighter’s Story.]
Mr. Nightingale’s Diary (1851). Mr. Nightingale’s Diary: A Farce. In One Act. By —. 1851. [The joint production of Mark Lemon and Dickens.]
The Lighthouse (1855) and The Frozen Deep (1856). [Both these plays were originally written by Wilkie Collins, but were added to and considerably amended by Dickens in the course of rehearsal. To The Lighthouse he contributed the prologue and the Song of the Wreck.]
No Thoroughfare (1867). A dramatized version of the story in the Christmas number of All the Year Round, by Dickens and Wilkie Collins. No Thoroughfare. A Drama. In Five Acts. (Altered from the Christmas Story, for Performance on the Stage.) By Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins. 1867.
To the Patrician’s Daughter, a tragedy in five Acts by J. Westland Marston, produced in 1841, Dickens contributed the prologue.
The Dickens Periodicals
Bentley’s Miscellany. [1837-9.] Household Words. [1850-9.] All the Year Round. [1859. Remained under the control of Dickens until his death in 1870.] The Daily News. Dickens founded in Jan., 1846, and was the first editor of, the newspaper which now bears the title The Daily News and Leader. Acknowledgments G.A.B., Kevin Nudd, B.A.R., Encyclopedia Brittanica and various others (unknown authors)
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