THE WORKS. [with] FORSTER, JOHN. LIFE OF CHARLES DICKENS.(London: Chapman and Hall, 1890-93). 210 x 140 mm (8 1/4 x 5 1/2"). 18 volumes..
EXCELLENT CRIMSON HIGHLY POLISHED HALF CALF, HANDSOMELY GILT, BY SANGORSKI & SUTCLIFFE (stamp-signed on verso of front free endpaper), raised bands, spines gilt in compartments formed by plain and decorative rules and with swirling volute cornerpieces and small floral tools enclosing a single blossom centerpiece, each spine with two dark blue labels, marbled sides and endpapers, top edges gilt, other edges rough trimmed. With 559 full-page illustrations throughout after Cruikshank, "Phiz," and others. Spines faintly sunned to a pleasing and uniform rose, but A VERY ATTRACTIVELY BOUND SET IN FINE CONDITION, the leather especially bright and with only the most trivial signs of wear, and the text very clean, fresh, and smooth.
Issued by Chapman and Hall, the large publisher responsible for a number of Dickens' most important novels, this set of the complete works is both handsome and remarkably well preserved. John Forster (1812-76) wrote for and edited periodicals before he became famous with the printing of this biography, a work he rewrote 12 times before finally submitting it for publication. As a result of his success with this book, Forster was named secretary to the commissioners of lunacy, a position more attractive than it might seem to be, as it commanded a salary sufficient to allow him to give up editing and devote the rest of his life to literature according to his own interests. This is his best known work. (ST11462a-039)