Hi. I recently inherited a 22-book edition of and bout Charles Dickens, in fair condition (no book worm holes, some age related fragility in the bindings of the ones most loved, yellowed and fragile pages), uniform navy blue cloth covers with gold lettering (faded), and a printer’s imprint on the front cover of a CH for Chapman and Hall. The set includes Great Expectations, A Tale of Two Cities, Oliver Twist, Pickwick Papers, Martin Chuzzlewit, Our Mutual Friend, Sketches by Boz, Barnaby Rudge, Edwin Drood, Christmas Stories, Christmas Books, The Uncommon Traveller, David Copperfield, American Notes and Reprinted Pieces, Bleak House, A Child’s History of England, The Old Curiosity Shop, Nicholas Nickleby, Hard Times and Pictures From Italy, Little Dorrit, Dombey and Son, and the Life of Charles Dickens (by his executor John Forster), Most are illustrated throughout, and the onion skin between the illustrations and pages are intact. The covers are faded with normal age, but few have any damage. Inside, they are marked as being printso f the original works as editied by the author and there is mention of printing by William Clowes and Sons, Limited.
I am currently reading all of the novels in order. The adventure has presented much I am happy to be reminded of and much I did not know. But having also added his writings about his travels in America, his work has become more meaningful in that the real differences in 1851 between Britain and America were mostly about attitude and regional availabilities and selections of hobbyhorses, addictions and other extremes (chewing tobacco vs snuff, whiskey vs brandy.) Sadly, or gladly, this is the era to which the Tea Party would return us. (Well, with Barnaby Rudge, earlier).