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THE WANDERING JEW - Sue, Eugène - 1844. [1274329]
1844 - [In Three Volumes.] London: Chapman and Hall, 1844/-45/-45. 16 pp Vol III ads dated Aug 1845. Original blind-stamped green-grey cloth. First English Edition in book form, secondary issue. Chapman and Hall issued THE WANDERING JEW in weekly numbers and also in bimonthly parts during 1844-45, concurrent with its appearance in the original French in Paris; the three volumes were issued separately, as the tale was completed serially.~Marie-Joseph Eugène Sue did for France what Charles Dickens did for England: establish the concept of the serial novel, with each part ending with a cliff-hanging predicament. His two most famous works are THE MYSTERIES OF PARIS (90 parts, 1842-1843), followed by this one, LE JUIF ERRANT -- a tale of a family hunted all over the world, and curiously beginning with the protagonist and his sister crying out to each other across the Bering Strait.~The primary issue of THE WANDERING JEW was bound in red cloth pictorially decorated in gilt, and included plates by various artists, engraved by Heath. Then (to quote from Sadleir), "Late in 1845 (but with title pages unaltered) the three-volume book edition was re-issued, without the plates, and bound in dark green fineribbed cloth." This is such a copy.~It is in near-fine condition (quite clean and bright, though with one front cover faintly spotted and edge-dented, another with a few tiny pinholes, and all three endpapers with a 1951 signature). This is rather remarkable condition for 1845 volumes still in original cloth; most copies that turn up today are rebound. Sadleir 3159 (note). [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: Sumner & Stillman [ABAA]]
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