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DICKENS, Charles
Great Expectations
London: Chapman and Hall,, 1861. In three volumes. 3 volumes, octavo (180 × 120 mm). Contemporary half calf, spines gilt in compartments, marbled sides, reddish brown endpapers, red sprinkled edges. Pencilled ownership inscriptions erased from last 2 title pages. Rubbed, marbled sides rather worn, small dampstain at foot of first front joint, a sprinkle of foxing to blanks and very slightly to titles, a very good copy. First edition, third issue (stated "third edition"). Great Expectations was first published in All the Year Round, from 1 December 1860 to 3 August 1861. According to Edgar Rosenberg (Dickens Studies Annual, 2 (1972), p. 376, n. 13), it was first published in three-volume book form on 6 July 1861, closely followed by four other so-called editions (actually issues) on 5 August, 17 August, 21 September, and 30 October. These first five issues were probably printed at a single impression and published with altered title-pages to imply and encourage a rapid sale. In all five issues, the same misprints persist, though some deterioration of the type has been noted. The genuine second edition was the one-volume "Library Edition" of 1862.
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