The first issue of Part Three of Pickwick Papers contains two plates drawn and etched by R.W. Buss with the page numbers (69 and 74) on them.   This item is the first of the two Buss plates, to face page 69 of the text.  The two plates, when they appeared together in Part Three of Pickwick Papers serve as illustration points that distinguish the first issue of this number.  Richard Seymour was the first artist selected to illustrate Pickwick Papers.  However, after completing sketches for only two numbers, Seymour committed suicide and the prominent artist R. W. Buss was selected to replace him.