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Centennial Edition Heron Books 1970

The Heron Books Complete Works of Charles Dickens The Centennial Edition

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Published by Heron Books in 1970 to celebrate 100 years after the death of Dickens, this was a superb complete set of Charles Dickens Works. This set came in two editions, namely the Standard Green Faux Leather Edition and the De-Luxe Burgundy Soft Faux Leather Edition

The novels were illustrated by a mixture of the brilliant work of the original illustrators – Phiz, Tenniel, Cruikshank etc. and some modern contemporary illustrators.

This set was primarily sold by Mail Order Subscription with back copies always available. Each Novel Came With A Novel Summary giving a Short Introduction And Providing A Short Summary Of The Novel

This Classic Set Comprised Of The Following 36 Volumes;

  • A Child’s History of England
  • A Tale of Two Cities
  • American Notes/ Pictures from Italy
  • Barnaby Rudge I
  • Barnaby Rudge II
  • Bleak House I
  • Bleak House II
  • Christmas Books
  • Christmas Stories I
  • Christmas Stories II
  • David Copperfield I
  • David Copperfield II
  • Dombey & Son I
  • Dombey & Son II
  • Great Expectations
  • Hard Times
  • Little Dorrit I
  • Little Dorrit II
  • Martin Chuzzlewit I
  • Martin Chuzzlewit II
  • Miscellaneous Papers I
  • Miscellaneous Papers II
  • Nicholas Nickleby I
  • Nicholas Nickleby II
  • Oliver Twist
  • Our Mutual Friend I
  • Our Mutual Friend II
  • Pickwick Papers I
  • Pickwick Papers II
  • Reprinted Pieces
  • Sketches by Boz I
  • Sketches by Boz II
  • The Mystery of Edwin Drood/Master Humphrey’s Clock
  • The Old Curiosity Shop I
  • The Old Curiosity Shop II
  • The Uncommercial Traveller


  • Publisher Heron Books, London; 1970
  • Standard Set – Green Kidron (Faux Leather), Decorative Board And Spine, With Title In Gilt Lettering, Gilt Design On Front Board And Yellow Ribbon Marker.
  • De-Luxe Set – Burgundy Soft Faux Leather, Gilt Page Tops, Decorative Board And Spine, With Title In Gilt Lettering, Gilt Design On Front Board And Red Silk Ribbon Marker.
  • Superbly Illustrated Throughout
  • Individual Book Size 210 x130mm

Specific Points to Look Out For When Buying This Set;

  • The covers on the Green Faux Leather Edition can dry out giving a tendency to split the cover at the external folds near the spine, you may also find losses at the edges where the Kidron has gone brittle.
  • It is fairly common to find loss of Gilding to the Titles, this has two known causes, 1) Fading by Sunlight, 2) Fading by Poor Cleaning as the Gilt can Rub Off

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