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Dickens Charles The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby

First Edition Prices, Values and Auction Results

In this early expose of English boarding schools, Charles Dickens tells the story of a young man who must become the man of the family to look after his mother and sister when his father dies, but he learns there is no financial support due to some unwise investments by his father. When an uncle is called upon for guidance, their lives get complicated. Early editions include Chapman and Hall's first edition (London 1839) in 20 installments with 40 plates by Phiz (Hablot Knight Browne). Mixed issue collections may command approximately $700 at auction; complete first issues command more. A second issue in book form (also by Chapman Hall) is accessible in the $100-$400 range.

We collected a sample of 4 auction results of Dickens, Charles's The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby from 1 different auction houses. The lowest overall price realized in our sample was $120 and the highest overall price realized was $732. The overall average price was $320 and the median price realized for the book was $214. There were 0 auctions (0%) with a price realized below the low estimate, 0 auctions (0%) exceeding the high estimates, and 0 auctions (0%) within the range of the low and high estimates. Auctions of interest include: a Bonhams sale on June 23, 2010 of a 1839 - Chapman and Hall edition for $732 that in a custom cloth clamshell case;

Recent Auction Results:

Auction House Auction Date Author Title City Publisher Year Estimate Sale Price Auction Page Other Copies
Bonhams June 23, 2010 Dickens, Charles. The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby London Chapman and Hall 1839 - $732 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Bonhams March 11, 2008 Dickens, Charles. The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby London Chapman and Hall 1839 - $120 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Bonhams November 15, 2005 Dickens, Charles. The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby London Chapman and Hall 1839 - $125 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Bonhams October 19, 2004 Dickens, Charles. The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby London Chapman and Hall 1839 - $303 Bonhams Copies for Sale