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Dickens Charles Little Dorrit

First Edition Prices, Values and Auction Results

Not to be overshadowed by other well-known works by Charles Dickens, the novel Little Dorrit is a surprising rags to riches story providing twists for both the main character, Amy Dorrit, and for readers. It holds its own against literary giants such as Oliver Twist and Great Expectations. This book was published in an installment format in 1857 by Bradbury and Evans (London) and provides collectors with options for adding the well-loved Dickens to personal inventory. The original first edition 19 blue-green parts contain illustrations by H. K. Browne. Top condition sets with all advertisements intact can expect to sell for as much as $1500-$2000, but sets are available in the $300-$500 range. The first edition book-bound 1857 publishing by Bradbury and Evans (London) is not as popular as the installments but is accessible for under $100 for a somewhat soiled and worn condition copy. This version contains an engraved frontispiece and illustrations by H.K. Browne.

We collected a sample of 44 auction results of Dickens, Charles's Little Dorrit from 3 different auction houses. The lowest overall price realized in our sample was $48 and the highest overall price realized was $2750. The overall average price was $560 and the median price realized for the book was $308. There were 12 auctions (46%) with a price realized below the low estimate, 4 auctions (15%) exceeding the high estimates, and 10 auctions (38%) within the range of the low and high estimates. Auctions of interest include: a Bonhams sale on December 10, 2014 of a 1857 - Bradbury and Evans edition for $2250 that a near fine set in original monthly parts; a Swann sale on November 18, 2014 of a 1857 - Bradbury and Evans edition for $2750 that in original monthly parts; a Swann sale on November 11, 2004 of a 1857 edition for $1955 that in original monthly parts;

Recent Auction Results:

Auction House Auction Date Author Title City Publisher Year Estimate Sale Price Auction Page Copies For Sale
PBA May 18, 2017 Dickens, Charles. Little Dorrit London Bradbury and Evans 1857 $400-$600 $270 PBA Abebooks Copies eBay Copies
PBA November 19, 2015 Dickens, Charles. Little Dorrit London Bradbury and Evans 1857 $300-$500 $480 PBA Abebooks Copies eBay Copies
Bonhams September 22, 2015 Dickens, Charles. Little Dorrit London Bradbury and Evans 1857 - $1375 Bonhams Abebooks Copies eBay Copies
Bonhams April 13, 2015 Dickens, Charles. Little Dorrit London Bradbury and Evans 1857 - $1250 Bonhams Abebooks Copies eBay Copies
Bonhams December 10, 2014 Dickens, Charles. Little Dorrit London Bradbury and Evans 1857 - $2250 Bonhams Abebooks Copies eBay Copies
Bonhams November 25, 2014 Dickens, Charles. Little Dorrit London Bradbury and Evans 1857 - $367 Bonhams Abebooks Copies eBay Copies
Swann November 18, 2014 Dickens, Charles. Little Dorrit London Bradbury and Evans 1857 $1000-$1500 $2750 Swann Abebooks Copies eBay Copies
Swann June 19, 2014 Dickens, Charles. Little Dorrit London Bradbury and Evans 1857 $800-$1200 $1875 Swann Abebooks Copies eBay Copies
PBA December 5, 2013 Dickens, Charles. Little Dorrit London Bradbury and Evans 1857 $200-$300 $132 PBA Abebooks Copies eBay Copies
PBA October 10, 2013 Dickens, Charles. Little Dorrit London Bradbury and Evans 1857 $200-$300 $132 PBA Abebooks Copies eBay Copies
Bonhams June 25, 2013 Dickens, Charles. Little Dorrit London Bradbury and Evans 1857 - $66 Bonhams Abebooks Copies eBay Copies
Bonhams October 24, 2012 Dickens, Charles. Little Dorrit London Bradbury and Evans 1857 - $334 Bonhams Abebooks Copies eBay Copies
Swann June 21, 2012 Dickens, Charles. Little Dorrit London Bradbury and Evans 1857 $400-$600 $450 Swann Abebooks Copies eBay Copies
Swann November 8, 2011 Dickens, Charles. Little Dorrit London Bradbury and Evans 1857 $250-$350 $330 Swann Abebooks Copies eBay Copies
Bonhams September 27, 2011 Dickens, Charles. Little Dorrit London Bradbury and Evans 1857 - $183 Bonhams Abebooks Copies eBay Copies
PBA June 30, 2011 Dickens, Charles. Little Dorrit London Bradbury and Evans 1857 $300-$500 $180 PBA Abebooks Copies eBay Copies
Bonhams February 13, 2011 Dickens, Charles. Little Dorrit London Bradbury and Evans 1857 - $854 Bonhams Abebooks Copies eBay Copies
PBA December 11, 2008 Dickens, Charles. Little Dorrit London Bradbury and Evans 1857 $250-$350 $156 PBA Abebooks Copies eBay Copies
PBA September 25, 2008 Dickens, Charles. Little Dorrit London Bradbury and Evans 1857 $400-$600 $240 PBA Abebooks Copies eBay Copies
PBA August 21, 2008 Dickens, Charles. Little Dorrit London Bradbury and Evans 1857 $250-$350 $180 PBA Abebooks Copies eBay Copies
Bonhams November 27, 2007 Dickens, Charles. Little Dorrit London Bradbury and Evans 1857 - $48 Bonhams Abebooks Copies eBay Copies
Bonhams October 22, 2007 Dickens, Charles. Little Dorrit London Bradbury and Evans 1857 - $510 Bonhams Abebooks Copies eBay Copies
PBA July 12, 2007 Dickens, Charles. Little Dorrit London Bradbury and Evans 1857 $400-$600 $240 PBA Abebooks Copies eBay Copies
Bonhams March 25, 2007 Dickens, Charles. Little Dorrit London Bradbury and Evans 1857 - $328 Bonhams Abebooks Copies eBay Copies
Bonhams February 18, 2007 Dickens, Charles. Little Dorrit London Bradbury and Evans 1857 - $1434 Bonhams Abebooks Copies eBay Copies
Bonhams February 18, 2007 Dickens, Charles. Little Dorrit London Bradbury and Evans 1857 - $239 Bonhams Abebooks Copies eBay Copies
Bonhams October 10, 2006 Dickens, Charles. Little Dorrit London Bradbury and Evans 1857 - $141 Bonhams Abebooks Copies eBay Copies
PBA February 23, 2006 Dickens, Charles. Little Dorrit London Bradbury and Evans 1857 $500-$800 $510 PBA Abebooks Copies eBay Copies
Bonhams February 19, 2006 Dickens, Charles. Little Dorrit London Bradbury and Evans 1857 - $956 Bonhams Abebooks Copies eBay Copies
Bonhams January 16, 2006 Dickens, Charles. Little Dorrit London Bradbury and Evans 1857 - $117 Bonhams Abebooks Copies eBay Copies
Swann April 14, 2005 Dickens, Charles. Little Dorrit London 1857 $500-$750 $360 Swann Abebooks Copies eBay Copies
PBA March 24, 2005 Dickens, Charles. Little Dorrit London Bradbury and Evans 1857 $200-$300 $420 PBA Abebooks Copies eBay Copies
Swann November 11, 2004 Dickens, Charles. Little Dorrit London 1857 $400-$600 $1955 Swann Abebooks Copies eBay Copies
Swann November 11, 2004 Dickens, Charles. Little Dorrit London 1857 $200-$300 $288 Swann Abebooks Copies eBay Copies
Bonhams November 4, 2003 Dickens, Charles. Little Dorrit London Bradbury and Evans 1857 - $235 Bonhams Abebooks Copies eBay Copies
Swann May 22, 2003 Dickens, Charles. Little Dorrit London 1857 $400-$600 $460 Swann Abebooks Copies eBay Copies
Swann April 10, 2003 Dickens, Charles. Little Dorrit London 1857 $800-$1200 $805 Swann Abebooks Copies eBay Copies
PBA April 8, 2003 Dickens, Charles. Little Dorrit London Bradbury and Evans 1857 $200-$300 $270 PBA Abebooks Copies eBay Copies
Bonhams March 5, 2003 Dickens, Charles. Little Dorrit London Bradbury and Evans 1857 - $251 Bonhams Abebooks Copies eBay Copies
PBA January 9, 2003 Dickens, Charles. Little Dorrit London Bradbury and Evans 1857 $200-$300 $120 PBA Abebooks Copies eBay Copies
PBA August 15, 2002 Dickens, Charles. Little Dorrit London Bradbury and Evans 1857 $300-$500 $192 PBA Abebooks Copies eBay Copies
PBA May 23, 2002 Dickens, Charles. Little Dorrit London Bradbury and Evans 1857 $250-$350 $270 PBA Abebooks Copies eBay Copies
PBA March 28, 2002 Dickens, Charles. Little Dorrit London Bradbury and Evans 1857 $400-$600 $450 PBA Abebooks Copies eBay Copies
PBA November 29, 2001 Dickens, Charles. Little Dorrit London Bradbury and Evans 1857 $200-$300 $192 PBA Abebooks Copies eBay Copies