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Bleak House
London, Bradbury and Evans. 1853., 1853. FIRST EDITION, First Issue, octavo, pp. 624. Elegantly bound in contemporary half black morocco, gilt, over pebble-grained cloth sides, coated yellow eps., a.e.g. Some acceptable spotting and browning to illustrations, with good early impressions of the 'dark plates'. Boards and edges rubbed, owner name to flyleaf, inner paper joints have parted. A very good copy indeed, in a distinguished Victorian binding. Illustrations throughout by H.K. Browne. Although many of Dickens most famous works are crawling with crime, it is just this title that can be firmly placed in the murder mystery category; 'Bleak House' is essentially a classic whodunit, professionally solved, which became only the second entry (after Poe's 'Tales') in the Haycraft-Queen cornerstone list of crime fiction. Dickens returned to crime fiction for his highly-rated final story, the 'Mystery of Edwin Drood' but this was unfinished and the case unsolved.... Within 'Bleak House' the author experiments with dual narrators and the story ranges from the dark and filthy Victorian slums to the landed aristocracy; Inspector Bucket is one of the earliest detectives to appear in fiction and was probably based on C.K. Field of the recently formed Scotland Yard. An essential mystery novel. Podeschi; Gimbel Catalogue Grolier Club Exhibition Catalogue (1913). Collins; Dickens and Crime (1962).Queen's Quorum. Book Collector No.273, p34. Graham Greene & Dorothy Glover; Victorian Detective Fiction (1966).
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