The First Day's Journey (1963 Christmas Limited Edition)
The Pickwick Papers* was Charles Dicken's first novel, first published in 1836. In it, the novel's main character Samuel Pickwick, Esquire is a kind and wealthy old gentleman, the founder and perpetual president of the Pickwick Club.
He suggests that he and three other "Pickwickians" should make journeys to places remote from London and report on their findings to the other members of the club. Their travels throughout the English countryside by coach provide the chief subject matter of the novel.
It didn't start as a complete novel that you could by though because it was published in monthly numbers, containing only 32 pages in each, rendering it of utmost importance that, while the different incidents were linked together by a chain of interest, the general design should be so simple that every number should be complete in itself. It therefore took 20 months for someone to complete the series, something quite unthinkable in today's binge downloads.
Hard Cover with Cloth Slipcase
Number 1143 out of a limited Christmas edition of 1300.
Printed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
December 25, 1963
* aka The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club