Bentley's Miscellany With First Appearance of "Oliver Twist" in Magazine Form
DICKENS, Charles. Bentley's Miscellany. Contributions: by "Boz". London: Richard Bentley , 1837-39.
First edition of this compilation and the first magazine appearance of Oliver Twist with all of the plates, many oxidized. Five octavo volumes. (Measures 220 x 137 mm).

Early brown cloth, blindstamped on covers and gilt-stamped on spines. All edges gilt. Spines stained with what looks like to be a sticker remnants that turned black. Otherwise, a very good set of this scarce compilation.

"Preface. There is much in Bentley's Miscellany that is good. The "Contributions by Boz," [presented here], "Oliver Twist," "Jack Sheppard," "Guy Fawkes," "Ingoldsby Legends," "Nights at Sea," and other stories Illustrated by George Cruikshank and John Leech are undoubtedly the best. To collect such into separate books, direct from the Miscellany, appeared to me desirable, inasmuch as, in any other form they are but re-issues of these now famous combinations of literature and art. John Waugh. Roundwood, Baildon, November 1889".

HBS # 67504 $750