Oliver Twist; or, The Parish Boy's Progress. By Boz. With other Tales and Sketches, from Bentley's Miscellany and The Library of Fiction.
Philadelphia: Carey, Lea and Blanchard, 1837. Soft cover. The first appearance of Oliver Twist in America. The first two chapters of Oliver Twist were published in Bentley's Miscellany in February 1837. By April of the same year the American publisher Carey, Lea and Blanchard, eager for new Dickens material, published a selection of extracts from Bentleys, with pride of place going to the first two chapters of Oliver Twist. Podeschi records that 2000 copies were printed in April of 1837 (B45, p.161). The worn original binding is in poor condition, with the front board and spine coming loose, exposing the gatherings entirely. Mild foxing throughout. See photos. 186 pp., followed by two pages of new publications, including Carey, Lea and Blanchard's edition of Pickwick Papers. A scarce work, and a significant record of the early printing and reception of Dickens' works. Poor. Item #2023-P87