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Bleak House.
London: Bradbury and Evans, 1853 - Octavo (211 x 136 mm). Late-19th century red half morocco, titles gilt to spine in compartments, marbled paper sides, brown coated endpapers, edges speckled red. Contemporary ownership inscription to front free endpaper. Light fading to spine, wear to extremities, slight rubbing to sides, foxing to plates; a very good copy. Frontispiece, engraved title page, and 38 plates. First edition bound from parts, with the first-issue textual points as listed by Smith. H. K. Browne had experimented with the "dark plate" technique in Dombey and Son (1848) but in Bleak House their sombreness added a new tone to the illustration of Dickens's books. "As Dickens's vision of society darkened, Browne adjusted his techniques, pioneering in the use of 'dark plates', where the plate was machine-ruled in parallel grooves which printed an almost uniform tone either before or after the figures and background were hand drawn. These brooding, atmospheric designs harmonized with the gloomy, foggy world of Bleak House and Little Dorrit" (Robert Patten in The Oxford Companion to Charles Dickens, 2011, p. 59). Smith I.10. [Attributes: First Edition]
      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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