London: Thomas Nelson and Sons, Ltd. Illustrated. Hardcover. Octavo [19.5 cm] Red cloth covered boards with gilt stamped titles on the spines, and blind stamped designs on the covers. All volumes are in good or very good condition. The edges of the covers are gently bumped and rubbed. Many of the boards and spines have large moisture stains on the bottom edges. The stains are wide and tend to run around 1 and 1/2 inches high. The edges of the text block are heavily foxed. The endsheets are subtly darkened. The top edge of most of the front free endsheets has been cut out, most likely in order to remove a former owner's name. Some of the rear pastedowns have a bookseller's small labels. The bottom edges of the endsheets and the pages are occasionally lightly moisture stained. Many of the pages are still very clean. The pages are very mildly browned. The dust jackets are in good condition, with foxing and moisture staining. Most of the moisture staining is on the spine and bottom edges. The spines are darkened. There are occasional small losses from the edges, and the edges have sporadic small closed tears. Item #26638
Fifteen of the eighteen volumes are present. Missing Tale of Two Cities, Edwin Drood Etc., and David Copperfield. With all the original illustrations. As a prolific 19th Century author of short stories, plays, novellas, novels, fiction and non, during his lifetime Dickens became known all over the world for his remarkable characters, his mastery of prose in the telling of their lives, and his depictions of the social classes, mores and values of his times. Some considered him to be a mouthpiece for the poor, and he definitely brought much awareness to their plight.Extra charges apply due to size and weight.