Davenport Dunn
Davenport Dunn Davenport Dunn
£1,250.00
London: Chapman and Hall. 1857-1859.

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.