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DICKENS, Charles
Dombey and Son
London: Bradbury & Evans, 1848. Spine a bit sunned, some light wear at the corners and ends of spine, slightly cocked in binding, but cloth generally fresh and bright. Internally some occasional foxing but overall clean, pp. 234-36 roughly opened with loss to margin not affecting text, bright and crisp. Contemporary Hungarian ownership inscription on front free endpaper.. 8vo (21 x 13.6 cm). xvi, [2], 624 pages. Half-title, 8-line errata leaf. Engraved frontispiece, title, and 38 plates (including the first example of a 'dark plate', and the first use of horizontal plates) by Hablot K. Browne, with tissue guards preserved. Bound from the parts, with stab-holes visible at gutter, in contemporary cloth: bluish-green cloth, the covers with wide gilt panel, smooth spine gilt-decorated and -titled, pale yellow endpapers, all edges gilt. FIRST EDITION IN BOOK FORM, IN AN APPARENTLY BESPOKE CONTEMPORARY CLOTH BINDING. The present binding is not mentioned by Smith: the two variants he describes are both decorated in blind, not with the richly-gilt panels found on the present copy. With the following issue points: frontispiece with hook on Captain Cuttle's left arm, "bird's-eye" not hyphenated on p. 61, p. [xv] with no page number for frontispiece and vignette, and with all of the errors detailed by Smith as earliest issue except for those on pp. 220, 336 and 431. Eckel, pp. 71-76; Grolier Dickens 155; Podeschi/Gimbel A103; Sadlier I: 687; Smith 8. In entirely original, unsophisticated condition.
Bookseller: Riverrun Books & Manuscripts [United States]
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