"For any serious Dickens collector, however, the place to start are his full-length major novels from Pickwick Papers onwards which were first serialized in monthly parts. These parts issues have traditionally commanded the highest prices. Some of his major novels diverged from the usual format. A copy of a first impression of Great Expectations in its fine original cloth binding is considered by many collectors of Dickens to be top prize.”
Other areas of interest to collectors include publisher’s deluxe bindings sold on publication date in book form at a higher price than the cloth bindings, inscribed copies, and presentation copies.
“Dickens also focused considerable energy in his later years on dramatic readings of his novels,” Douglas said. “He had some of these edited versions privately printed in limited numbers. Understandably rare, those that have come to market in recent years, such as David Copperfield, A Reading, In Five Chapters (1866), have sold for significant sums.”