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Great Expectations.
London Chapman & Hall 1861 - Fifth "edition" [impression], 3 vols, 8vo., vol. 1: title and dedication leaves +344pp., vol. 2: title and dedication leaves + 351pp, vol. 3: title and dedication leaves + 344p., without publishers catalogue at rear of vol. 3 but Smith states that 'some copies of the first five issues did not contain catalogues', modern half green calf over marbled boards, maroon lettering pieces, gilt, closed tear to lower part of p.217 of vol. 1, the odd light spot here and there but very few, otherwise and exceptionally clean, bright set in very attractive and sympathetic bindings. Although the title-page states 'Fifth Edition', in fact the first five editions are really only different impressions of the same edition. Apart from the title-pages the only differences are in the text where the type in the earliest impressions shows fewer signs of wear and damage. The title-pages were altered as it became apparent that the publishers had underestimated demand. It is probable that most copies of Great Expectations that purport to be first impressions (about 1,000 are considered to have been printed) are in fact later impressions with the title-pages altered or faked or supplied from genuine first impressions in poor condition. All of the traditional issue points are in fact common to all five impressions and the only reliable guide is to be found in the Clarendon Edition of Great Expectations which includes full bibliographical details including the latest research by Kathleen Tillotson, Margaret Cardwell and Brian Lake. Smith I, 14. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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