Hablot Knight Browne ("Phiz"). Hard Cover. London: Chapman & Hall, 1844. First Edition. Fine.
Illustrated by Hablot Knight Browne ("Phiz"). First edition, with £100 to the frontispiece. Finely bound in contemporary three-quarter brown calf and marbled boards, with five raised bands to the spine, contrasting red morocco label lettered in gilt to the spine, with gilt decorations to the spine bands and compartments, all edges marbled. An excellent copy, with some mild rubbing and very slight wear to the extremities. Internally, very tight with some scattered foxing, mostly to the plates as usual. Overall, an extremely fresh copy in a handsome binding. Smith I, 7. Originally published serially in nineteen monthly installments 1883-1884, Martin Chuzzlewit tells the story of Martin Chuzzlewit and his upbringing under his grandfather and namesake Martin Chuzzlewit Senior. Although it was one of Dickens' favorite works, Martin Chuzzlewit was, much to his surprise, less of a popular success than his earlier novels. The plot is notable for portraying a harsh depiction of American culture and has been pegged by some to be Anti-American, although Dickens, who had just returned to Britain from the United States, considered this on par with the satirical criticisms of cultural institutions found in his other novels.