Wednesday, Feb 01, 2023

Described in the 1930s as “one of the three or four most remarkable books in the whole course of English literature”, perception of that status may have changed a little in the century since, but Pickwick, Dickens’ great and sympathetic classic remains a highpoint of both literature and collecting. 

Dickens’s first novel, his fame actually developed during the course of its publication. A few hundred copies were printed of the first few parts of Chapman and Hall’s first publication of The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club; during the course of the publication its fame exploded and by the end of the venture tens of thousands of copies were needed of each part.

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