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Little Dorrit - Charles Dickens - 1857. 
Bradbury and Evans 1857 - First Edition / First Printing / First Issue. FIRST EDITION BOUND FROM THE PARTS. 625 pages. 8vo. Complete with 40 engraved plates (including the 8 "dark" plates) by Hablot Knight Browne (Phiz) including frontispiece and vignette title with latter, title page. Each Part carefully signed in ink on the first page by the original owner, Henry Ingalton, a retired Builder from Eton, who was churchwarden at Holy Trinity Church, Ventnor, Isle of Wight 1869-72. He died in February 1877. Henry is commemorated by a delightful stained glass window in Holy Trinity. All plates foxed as usual, other contents very good. Binding and all pages tight. Original full brown calf with newer spine. The spine in 6 sections with bright gilt lettering; DICKENS on a red calf background; LITTLE DORRIT on a green calf background and FIRST EDITION 1857 at the base. Some minor bumps to covers and slight rubbing to edges. No bookplates or library stamps. Usual bookseller marks in pencil. A handsome volume indeed which looks very well in the bookcase. 1 vol., 5-3/4" x 8-5/8" (22cm x 14.7cm). Dated 1857 on the title page. Vignette title page. All first Issue points present hence no page number 573. Original three line Errata on page xiv, without the later 9-line list on p467. With "Rigaud" for Blandois on pages 469-473. "William" for "Frederick" on page 317, line 27. Quotation marks missing before "because" 7th line from bottom on page 377. "B2" on page 371 instead of BB2. Octavo. xiv, -625, [1, blank] pp. The Contents and List of Illustrations were originally housed in the last issue of the Parts. Here they are bound into the front of the volume as pp ix-xiv. Little Dorrit is a wonderfully rich novel rich in ideas, rich in characterization, rich in incident, and written in a richly imaginative prose many critics regard it as Dickens' masterpiece (Watts, 108). "So it is that in Little Dorrit Dickens mounts his single most ferocious onslaught against England and English society; against its government, against its financiers, against its artists, and even against its ordinary citizens In Little Dorrit, money itself is seen to be a faithless and corrupt delusion. Even when the Dorrits become rich, they cannot escape their past. The only hope is to be found in endurance, which was precisely the message [Dickens] was giving to some of his correspondents in the same period" (Ackroyd, 758). 'Little Dorrit' was the last of the big novels issued by Bradbury & Evans. Their business relationship with Dickens ended with this novel. Like "Pickwick", this novel was an assault on the horrors of imprisonment for debt. The debtors' prison in this case is the 'Marshalsea' in Southwick, London where Dicken's own father had been imprisoned. More photographs are available from Pelaw Books drop us an email. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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