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Davenport Dunn

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Davenport Dunn

by LEVER, Charles

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London: Chapman and Hall 1857-1859, 1857. First edition, first issue. The twenty-two original monthly shilling parts in twenty-one (the final issue containing two parts), as issued, published between July 1st 1857 and April 1st 1859. 8vo. Pink paper wrappers printed in black with illustration on upper cover of each issue by "Phiz" engraved on wood by T.Bolton. Each issue consists of a number of pages of publisher's, trade and commercial advertisements (with a heavy leaning towards health and medical matters), two facing etched plates (save for part VI which has none and parts VII and XXI/XXII which have four) by "Phiz" with tissue guard. Each issue has 32pp of text paginated continuously, save for parts XXI/XXII which have 54pp of text followed by the dedication to the Marquess of Normanby and the table of contents and list of illustrations. The twenty one issues are in excellent condition with some soiling and rubbing to the paper wrappers. Internally they are fine throughout with two of them unopened. The parts are housed in a brown cloth covered folding card box and inserted into a brown cloth covered slip case backed in brown morocco and lettered in gilt. There is some marking to the cover of the slip case and scuffing to the morocco but overall it is in very good condition. Each issue measures 220x135mm and the slip case 236x152x88. Sadleir regarded as the rarest of the octavo novels first published in parts and this is a particularly fine copy. Davenport Dunn is a rogue, loosely based on the notorious Irish politician and swindler John Sadlier. In Lever's novel, Dunn is a tycoon banker who has enriched himself at the expense of his fellow Irishmen after the calamities of the 1840s.


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LEVER, Charles
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About Voewood Rare Books

Simon Finch has been a Rare Book Dealer since 1980. He has had shops in Notting Hill Gate, Mayfair and Holt, Norfolk. His firm has handled a wide variety of material from the First Folio of Shakespeare to the wilder shores of the counterculture and everything in between. In 1998, Simon bought Voewood, one of the finest Arts and Crafts and houses and brought it back to life with an eight-year programme of renovation and restoration. Voewood Rare Books, which operates from Voewood, is the continuation for Simon of a long career in the book trade. It also represents an important link with the House. Voewood is always beautiful, surprising, mysterious and perhaps a little disorientating and we aim to bring something of this spirit to the bookshop. Whilst our focus in on the visual arts, literature and the counter-culture, we deal also in a broad range of antiquarian and modern rare books across all subject areas. Our collection can be found here at Biblio and on our website. We are open by appointment and can always be contacted by email.


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A state in which all or some of the pages of a book have not been separated from the adjacent pages, caused by a traditional...[more]
The decorative application of gold or gold coloring to a portion of a book on the spine, edges of the text block, or an inlay in...[more]
A book in fine condition exhibits no flaws. A fine condition book closely approaches As New condition, but may lack the...[more]
Morocco is a style of leather book binding that is usually made with goatskin, as it is durable and easy to dye. (see also...[more]
slip case
A protective sleeve, often made of decorative cardboard or leather which houses a book. It is open on one end, so as to allow...[more]
First Edition
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The paper covering on the outside of a paperback.  Also see the entry for pictorial wraps, color illustrated coverings for...[more]
Abrasion or wear to the surface. Usually used in reference to a book's boards or dust-jacket.
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