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The monthly cover or wrapper for the novel's nineteen parts for The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, Containing a Faithful Account of the Fortunes, Misfortunes, Uprisings, Downfallings and Complex Creer of the Nickleby Family edited by "Boz," first published serially between April 1838 and November 1839. Wood-engraving 22 cm high by 14 cm wide (8 ⅝ by 5 ½ inches), vignetted.

Source: Steig, plate 28; by permission of the author

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Relevant Passage from "The Preface"

There is only one other point, on which I would desire to offer a remark. If Nicholas be not always found to be blameless or agreeable, he is not always intended to appear so. He is a young man of an impetuous temper and of little or no experience; and I saw no reason why such a hero should be lifted out of nature. (October 1839)

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Dickens, Charles. The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby. Illustrated by Phiz (Hablot Knight Browne). London: Chapman and Hall, 1839.

Steig, Michael. Dickens and Phiz. Bloomington & London: Indiana U. P., 1978.

Vann, J. Don. "The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, twenty parts in nineteen monthly installments, April 1838-October 1839." New York: Modern Language Association, 1985. Page 63.

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