London: Chapman & Hall, 1864. First edition. Wraps. In the original monthly parts, dated May 1864 - November 1865. 8vo, twenty numbers bound in nineteen.
At the end of Part 19/20 is inserted 8pp for "Volume I", the half-title, title page, contents page and illustrations page. Bound in original green decorated wrappers, price 1s. Most issues in very good condition, although the 1st and last are slt. chipped & a little dusty, with some archival repair. A very good unrestored copy overall.
Forty woodcut plates by Marcus Stone. Hatton and Cleaver, 345-70. Smith I, 15.
Missing many advertisements, with some advertisements inserted upside down, as follows:
Part 1; repaired with front wrapper from Part 14, 15, 16, or 17, evidenced by:
a) erasure of a digit at top of wrapper next to "Part 1", b) the date on the wrapper having been skillfully altered to "May 1864", c) the advertisements inside the front wrapper being from Parts 14, 15, 16, or 17, not Part 1, d) the bottom of the front wrapper contains the imprint of "W. Clowes and Sons" which was not present on Part 1 of OMF but is present on all other parts. - 2 copies of the back advertisement for Thorleys are present, - back advertisement for "Fry's Cocoa" is one of the variants.
Part 3; - back advertisement for "The Directors of the North British & Mercantile Company" is not on light-green paper per H&C.
Part 4; - missing back advertisement for "Tender Feet Angus Sleigh's Salveo Pedes", - missing back advertisement for "The Queen insurance Company".
Part 6; - contains 2 sets of the back advertisements for "Albert insurance Company" and "Mutual Life Insurance".
Part 7; - missing back advertisement for "Kaye's Worsdell's...Pills", - missing back advertisement for "Thomson's Prize Medal Skirts", - missing back advertisement for "Thorley's Farmer's Almanack".
Part 8; - missing slip that follows OMF Advertiser for "New Christmas Number of All the Year Round".
Part 9; - missing back advertisement for "Mr. S. O. Beeton's Announcements".
Part 12; - missing slip that follows OMF Advertiser for "Number 313 of All the Year Round", - missing slip that follows plates for "People's Pickwick".
Part 14; - missing advertisement after plates for "Economic Life Assurance" - "particularly scarce" according to H&C. Part 16; - missing back advertisement for "Mappin Webb & Co.".
Part 17; - missing back advertisement for "Mappin Webb & Co.".
Parts 19 & 20; - missing advertisement after plates for "Economic Life Assurance", - missing back slip for "Foreign bank Notes (Nissen & Parker)" - "often found wanting" according to H&C. Item #6903