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Reid 4949. Volume 3 of Charles Dickens' "Oliver Twist" illustrated by George Cruikshank. Number three of three volumes bound in a marbled cover with a leather spine: "Oliver Twist. Boz. III" lettered on the spine in gold.
On the title page: "Oliver Twist or, the Parish Boy's Progress by "Boz" in Three Volumes Vol III. London: Richard Bentley, New Burlington Street. 1838."
On the verso: "Whiting Beaufort House."
With the following illustration plates (George Cruikshank lettered beneath each image and the title below.)
1.Frontispiece. Reid 1871. "The last chance."
2. Reid 1868. "The evidence destroyed."
3. Reid 1866. "Mr Fagin and his pupil recovering Nancy."
4. Reid 1867. "The Jew and Morris Bolter begin to understand each other better."
5. Reid 1869. "The Meeting."
6. Reid 1870. "Sikes attempting to destroy his dog."
7. Reid 1872. "Fagin in the condemned cell."
8. Reid 1874. "Rose Maylie and Oliver."
Lettered at the end of the text "Printed by Samuel Bentley, Dorset Street, Fleet Street."
Etched illustrations to a letterpress book
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Height: 191 millimetres
Width: 115 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Volume three of three. The illustrations to Oliver Twist were originally published in serialised form in "Bentley's Miscellany." See Reid 4947.
For further information on the various editions of Oliver Twist, see Reid "A Descriptive Catalogue of Cruikshank's Works." 4949 which states that the first edition (1838) has: "twenty-four etchings, including the new plate instead of the cancelled one; published before it was finished in the Miscellany."
Second edition 1839. Another edition 1844 The plates much altered, but not by Cruikshank; a design for the wrapper was purposely made for this issue.
For further information on editions of "Oliver Twist." see AM Cohn "George Cruikshank: A Catlaogue Raisonné" 239.
The final plate, Reid 1871 'Rose Maylie and Oliver' replaces Reid 1873 in the serialised version by which Rose and Oliver look upon the white marble tablet bearing the name "Agnes" within the altar rails of the old village church. According to Reid: "The plate was issued in 1838 when the work reappeared in lieu of the preceding, which was thought by the publisher to be of too melancholy a nature for the conclusion of the story." For the original illustration (Reid 1873) see 1900, 1231.3309. XIX Unmounted Roy.
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