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