Oliver Twist; or, the Parish Boy’s Progress. - Charles Dickens 1838 - Richard Bentley, London - First Edition mixed issue - 9th-16th Nov. 1838 Three volumes in original blind tooled plum cloth. Half-titles, frontispieces and 21 plates illustrated by George Cruikshank. Dickens was severely criticized for introducing criminals and prostitutes in Oliver Twist - ‘I saw no reason, when I wrote this book, why the very dregs of life, so long as their speech did not offend the ear, should not serve the purpose of a moral, at least as well as its froth and cream’.   Boz on title page indicating a printing of 9th to 16th November. Dickens disliked using his pseudonym so a new title page without it was inserted into all copies not distributed in the first week of publication. The fireside plate is not present, and the list of illustrations indicates that the plate has already been replaced. The word "pilaster" is present on line 13, page 164 of volume III. Boz came from his younger brother Augustus's through-the-nose pronunciation of his own nickname, Moses.

Dickens literary output was prodigious, in 30 years he published more than twenty novels, acted as editor for a variety of literary journals, created his own magazine, worked as a freelance reporter, and executed a series of charismatic public readings. Oliver Twist was begun in February 1837 and continued as monthly installments in Bentley’s Miscellany until April of 1839.

Three volumes. pp. [6] 331 [1] [4 adverts]; [4] 307 [1]; [2 adverts] [2] 315 [1].
  Condition: Very Good. Some foxing, light oxidising to some plates, mostly to margins, occasional marking. Bentley ad in vol.III half torn. Spines faded, slightly rubbed and soiled, corners bumped. two chips to front end-papers, half of ad torn in volume III.   Ref: 103647   Price: HK$ 15,000