Dicks' English Library of Standard Works, 1883 to 1886, 8 volumes in 4
including Frankenstein by Mary Shelley and Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
Eight volumes bound into four, hardback, half-leather with marbled boards and contrasting leather title label to spine. All volumes have a separate title page and frontispiece illustration of the authors. Each is 28 × 21cm, and each volume is 416pp (so 8 × 416pp).
This is the first eight volumes of Dicks' English Library, a hugely successful late Victorian publication that reprinted classic works with illustrations. The number of works contained here is impressive:
Vol 1: June 1883-December 1883 (26 issues). Five complete novels and fifty-five selecetd short stories, with 81 illustrations. Ernest Maltravers by Lord Lytton, illustrated by Gilbert; Alice, or The Mysteries by Lord Lytton, illustrated by Gilbert; Charles O'Malley by Charles Lever, illustrated by Phiz; Jack Bragg by Theodore Hook, illustrated by Leech; A Shabby Genteel Story by W M Thackeray, illustrated by Proctor; The History of Samuel Titmarsh and the Great Hoggarty Diamond by Thackeray, illustrated by Proctor. With short stories by M H Barker, Charles Dickens, Edward Howards, Michael Burne Honan, Thomas Ingoldsby, Douglas Jerrold, William Jerden, Richard Johns, M Paul de Kock, Edward Mayhew, Paul Pindar and Mrs Trollope.
Vol 2: Dec 83—June 84 (26 issues). Seven complete novels and 31 stories, with 95 illustrations. Night and Morning by Lord Lytton, illustrated by Gilbert; The Paris Sketchbook by W M Thackeray, illustrated by the author; Jacob Faithful by Captain Marryat, illustrated by Buss; Life and Adventures of Michael Armstrong by Mrs Trollope, illustrated by Hervieu & Onwhyn; The Hunchback of Notre-Dame by Victor Hugo, illustrated by Gilbert; Leila by Lord Lytton, illustrated by Maclise etc; Catherine by W M Thackeray, illustrated by the author. Short stories by Lord Byron, M H Barker, T H Bayly, Countess of Blessington, T C Grattan, Charles Dickens, Leigh Hunt, H Holl, Capt Medwin, Richard Johns, Douglas Jerrold, Thomas Ingoldsby, W H Maxwell, N P Willias, and Charles Whitehead.
Vol 3: June 84—Dec 84 (26 issues). Seven complete novels and 48 selected stories, 80 illustrations. Zanoni by Lord Lytton, illustrated by Gilbert; Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe, illustrated by Stothard; Queen Margot by Alexander Dumas, illustrated by Gilbert; Calderon, the Courtier by Lord Lytton, with one illustration; Frankenstein by Mary W Shelley, illustrated by Gilbert; Zastrozzi by Percy Bysshe Shelley, with one illustration; Pascal Bruno by Alexander Dumas pere, illustrated by Gilbert. Stories by Albert Smith, Madame Cottin, Dalton, Bryan o'Halloran, The Pilgrim of London, Thomas Ingoldsby, Dr J Langhorne, Samuel Lover, Phelim O'Toole, Paul Pindar, Leigh Hunt, Isabella F Romer, V P Rippingille, George Soane and M H Barker.
Vol 4: Dec 84—June 85 (26 issues). Six complete novels and numerous selected stories, 94 illustrations. The Lady of the Camelias by Alexander Dumas filsm illustrated by Gilbert; Godolphin by Lord Lytton, illustrated; Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe, illustrated by Proctor; Mansfield Park by Jane Austen, illustrated by Gilbert; Susan Hopley by Mrs Crowe, illustrated by Proctor; Diane de Lys by Alexander Dumas fils, illustrated by Gilbert; Tales from Shakespeare by Charles Lamb, illustrated; The Yellowplush Correspondence, Fashnable Fax and Polite Annygoats by Thackeray, illustrated by the author. Stories by Douglas Jerrold, M H Barker, Capt. Medwin, and Thomas Ingoldsby.
Vol 5: June 85—Dec 85 (26 issues). Five complete novels & short stories, 94 illustrations. The Last of the Barons by Lord Lytton, illustrated by Gilbert; Jack Hinton, The Guardsman by Charles Lever, illustrated by Phiz; Belinda by Maria Edgeworth, illustrated by Proctor; The King's Highway by G P R James, illlustrated by Proctor; Devereux by Lord Lytton, illustrated by Gilbert. Stories by Douglas Jerrold and Thomas Ingoldsby.
Vol 6: Dec 85—March 86 (13 issues). Six complete noves and short selected stories, 47 illustrations. The Disowned by Lord Lytton, illustrated by Gilbert; The Colleen Bawn, or The Collegians by Gerlad Griffin, illustrated by Proctor; The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, illustrated by Cranston; Handy Andy by Samuel Lover, illustrated by Proctor; Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen, illustrated by Cranston; The Phantom Ship by Captain Marryat, illustrated by Cranston. Stories by Maria Edgeworth and Douglas Jerrold, and A Sentimental Journal Through France and Italy by Laurence Sterne.
Vol 7: March 86—June 86 (13 issues). Three complete novels, 52 illustrations. The Water-Witch; or the Skimmer of the Seas by J Fennimore Cooper, illustrated by W A Cranston; The History of Tom Jones, A Foundling by Henry Fielding, illustrated by D H Friston; Pope Joan; or The Female Pontiff by G W M Reynolds, illustrated by F Gilbert, and Part I of The Wandering Jew by Eugene Sue, illustrated by H Valentin.
Vol 8: June 86—Sept 86 (13 issues). Three complete novels, 50 illustrations. Whitefriars by Emma Robinson, illustrated by F Gilbert, The Adventures of Mr Ledbury and His Friend Jack Johnson by Albert Smith, illustrated by John Leech; Arthur O'Leary by Charles Lever, illustrated by G Cruikshank. And Part II of The Wandering Jew by Eugene Sue, also Popular Tales by Maria Edgeworth.
This set is in very good condition. There is some light rubbing to the leather at the spine and boards' edges, and light foxing to some of Vol 3, and all page edges but the inner bindings are secure and the pages are for the most part, very clean.
Postage will have to be by courier as the set weighs nearly 7kg.