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Dickens Charles Dombey and Son

First Edition Prices, Values and Auction Results

Dombey and Son is an underexposed Dickens novel with vivid realism and the underpinnings of a female protagonist in Florence Dombey, the neglected daughter of a shipping merchant. The first edition published by Bradbury and Evans (London) under its full title Dealings with the Firm of Dombey and Son: Wholesale, Retail and for Exportation, like many of Dickens' works was first presented in installments from October 1846-April 1847. The original 19 blue-green parts are housed in a gilt-lettered green calf box for collections garnering $1000-$2300 on the high end. Bradbury and Evans also published the first book form in 1848 with 40 engraved plates by Hablot K. Browne and gilt spine, lettering, and page edges. Minor errors to note in this version include "Capitan" instead of "Captain" on page 324 and "if" missing on page 426, line 9. Depending on condition, this version will sell for as much as $500.

We collected a sample of 33 auction results of Dickens, Charles's Dombey and Son from 3 different auction houses. The lowest overall price realized in our sample was $87 and the highest overall price realized was $2990. The overall average price was $784 and the median price realized for the book was $510. There were 12 auctions (52%) with a price realized below the low estimate, 7 auctions (30%) exceeding the high estimates, and 4 auctions (17%) within the range of the low and high estimates. Auctions of interest include: a Swann sale on November 10, 2016 of a 1847 - Bradbury and Evans edition for $2340 that in original monthly parts; a Swann sale on May 18, 2016 of a 1847 - Bradbury and Evans edition for $2340 that in original monthly parts; a Swann sale on April 10, 2003 of a 1848 edition for $2990 that in a custom-made black straight-grain morocco folding case, with a proof of the plate and publisher's letter of authenticity laid in;

Recent Auction Results:

Auction House Auction Date Author Title City Publisher Year Estimate Sale Price Auction Page Other Copies
Swann November 10, 2016 Dickens, Charles. Dombey and Son London Bradbury and Evans 1847 $1200-$1800 $2340 Swann Copies for Sale
Swann November 10, 2016 Dickens, Charles. Dombey and Son London Bradbury and Evans 1848 $350-$500 $313 Swann Copies for Sale
Swann May 18, 2016 Dickens, Charles. Dombey and Son London Bradbury and Evans 1847 $1200-$1800 $2340 Swann Copies for Sale
PBA February 14, 2016 Dickens, Charles. Dombey and Son London Bradbury and Evans 1848 $200-$300 $228 PBA Copies for Sale
Bonhams April 13, 2015 Dickens, Charles. Dombey and Son London Bradbury and Evans 1848 - $2000 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Bonhams December 10, 2014 Dickens, Charles. Dombey and Son London Bradbury and Evans 1848 - $1875 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Swann November 21, 2013 Dickens, Charles. Dombey and Son London Bradbury and Evans 1848 $1200-$1800 $1375 Swann Copies for Sale
Swann November 21, 2013 Dickens, Charles. Dombey and Son London Bradbury and Evans 1848 $1000-$1500 $625 Swann Copies for Sale
Swann November 21, 2013 Dickens, Charles. Dombey and Son London Bradbury and Evans 1848 $800-$1200 $625 Swann Copies for Sale
Swann June 20, 2013 Dickens, Charles. Dombey and Son London Bradbury and Evans 1848 $1200-$1800 $960 Swann Copies for Sale
Swann November 8, 2011 Dickens, Charles. Dombey and Son London Bradbury and Evans 1848 $400-$600 $660 Swann Copies for Sale
Swann May 12, 2011 Dickens, Charles. Dombey and Son London 1848 $1000-$1500 $2040 Swann Copies for Sale
PBA May 28, 2009 Dickens, Charles. Dombey and Son London Bradbury and Evans 1848 $200-$300 $120 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA April 16, 2009 Dickens, Charles. Dombey and Son London Bradbury and Evans 1848 $400-$600 $270 PBA Copies for Sale
Bonhams February 24, 2009 Dickens, Charles. Dombey and Son London Bradbury and Evans 1848 - $96 Bonhams Copies for Sale
PBA December 11, 2008 Dickens, Charles. Dombey and Son London Bradbury and Evans 1848 $500-$800 $330 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA August 21, 2008 Dickens, Charles. Dombey and Son London Bradbury and Evans 1848 $500-$800 $300 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA January 10, 2008 Dickens, Charles. Dombey and Son London Chapman and Hall 1848 $200-$300 $168 PBA Copies for Sale
Bonhams February 18, 2007 Dickens, Charles. Dombey and Son London Bradbury and Evans 1848 - $836 Bonhams Copies for Sale
PBA February 23, 2006 Dickens, Charles. Dombey and Son London Bradbury and Evans 1848 $300-$500 $204 PBA Copies for Sale
Bonhams February 19, 2006 Dickens, Charles. Dombey and Son London Bradbury and Evans 1848 - $896 Bonhams Copies for Sale
PBA November 3, 2005 Dickens, Charles. Dombey and Son London Bradbury and Evans 1848 $300-$500 $180 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA June 16, 2005 Dickens, Charles. Dombey and Son London Bradbury and Evans 1848 $400-$700 $240 PBA Copies for Sale
Bonhams May 22, 2005 Dickens, Charles. Dombey and Son New York Wiley and Putnam 1846 - $141 Bonhams Copies for Sale
PBA March 24, 2005 Dickens, Charles. Dombey and Son London Bradbury and Evans 1848 $400-$700 $480 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA March 24, 2005 Dickens, Charles. Dombey and Son London Bradbury and Evans 1848 $400-$700 $480 PBA Copies for Sale
Bonhams October 19, 2004 Dickens, Charles. Dombey and Son London Bradbury and Evans 1848 - $719 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Bonhams November 4, 2003 Dickens, Charles. Dombey and Son London Bradbury and Evans 1848 - $204 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Bonhams September 16, 2003 Dickens, Charles. Dombey and Son London Bradbury and Evans 1848 - $87 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Swann April 10, 2003 Dickens, Charles. Dombey and Son London 1848 $800-$1200 $2990 Swann Copies for Sale
Bonhams March 5, 2003 Dickens, Charles. Dombey and Son London Bradbury and Evans 1848 - $864 Bonhams Copies for Sale
PBA May 23, 2002 Dickens, Charles. Dombey and Son London Bradbury and Evans 1848 $300-$500 $510 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA March 28, 2002 Dickens, Charles. Dombey and Son London Chapman and Hall 1848 $200-$300 $360 PBA Copies for Sale