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Dickens, Charles
1859. With Illustrations by H.K. Browne. London: Chapman and Hall, 1859. Original blind-stamped olive-green cloth. First Edition of Dickens's famous novel sited during the French Revolution. It first appeared in Dickens's weekly periodical All The Year Round between April and November 1859, closely followed (but illustrated) in eight-in-seven monthly serial parts from June through December 1859; this first edition in book form was published on November 21st. A TALE OF TWO CITIES was illustrated by "Phiz," Hablot K. Browne -- marking the end of the Boz-Phiz collaboration that spanned 23 years and ten novels. This copy is in a secondary binding not noted for this title by Smith -- olive-green diaper cloth with blind-stamping that includes 16 little beads around each cover's outer margin -- which had recently served as the primary binding for DAVID COPPERFIELD (1850), BLEAK HOUSE (1853) and LITTLE DORRIT (1857). As with all copies in secondary bindings (according to Smith), this copy does have p. 213 properly paginated, there is no signature mark on the List of Plates, and there is no ad catalogue. This copy is in very good-plus condition, with only minor wear at the binding extremities; the original pale-yellow endpapers are still in place, though the front one has a hairline crack. An early engraved portrait of Dickens has been tipped onto the frontispiece recto (this book was issued without a half-title), and a leaf of glassine has been loosely inserted to protect each plate -- apparently doing the job well, as the 16 plates are remarkably clean and free of foxing. … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Sumner & Stillman [United States]
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