Printed 1844: First Edition In Book Form Of Dicken's Martin Chuzzlewit For SalePRINTED 1844: FIRST EDITION IN BOOK FORM OF DICKEN'S MARTIN CHUZZLEWIT
THE WORK DICKENS THOUGHT TO BE HIS BEST
DICKENS, Charles . The life and adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit. Chapman and Hall, London, 1844. FIRST EDITION. 8vo. 22 cm x 13.5 cm. [ii], xiv, , 624 pp. Contains 40 illustrations by Phiz. The frontis exhibits a corrected issue point of £100pounds on signpost with a 10 line errata. Modern calf with raised bands and marbled boards. Frontis and plates with heavy foxing and toning, paste-downs and blanks renewed or added."The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit (commonly known as Martin Chuzzlewit) is a novel by Charles Dickens, considered the last of his picaresque novels. It was originally serialized in 1843 and 1844. Dickens thought it to be his best work, but it was one of his least popular novels. Like nearly all of Dickens' novels, Martin Chuzzlewit was released to the public in monthly instalments. Early sales of the monthly parts were disappointing, compared to previous works, so Dickens changed the plot to send the title character to America This allowed the author to portray the United States (which he had visited in 1842) satirically as a near wilderness with pockets of civilization filled with deceptive and self-promoting hucksters.The main theme of the novel, according to a preface by Dickens, is selfishness, portrayed in a satirical fashion using all the members of the Chuzzlewit family. The novel is also notable for two of Dickens' great villains, Seth Pecksniff and Jonas Chuzzlewit. It is dedicated to Angela Georgina Burdett-Coutts, a friend of Dickens"
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