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A TALE OF TWO CITIES (Fine Example of the First "Cheap" Edition in Original Cloth)
Chapman & Hall, London 1864 - Dickens, Charles. A TALE OF TWO CITIES. Frontispiece by Marcus Stone. London: Chapman & Hall, 1864. Original blind-stamped blue-green publisher's cloth with spines elaborately decorated in gilt. First "Cheap" Edition (actually a first issue volume from the first and most important collected works of Dickens, with a new 1pp introduction by Dickens and a specially commissioned new frontispiece). Begun in 1847 with writings already published, Dickens added further titles to his "works" as he went along. Despite being called "cheap" -- these volumes are just as high quality in texture and ornamentation as his first editions; there are 18 titles in total, we've never seen a complete set in fine original condition and individual volumes in collector's condition are scarce. This copy is FINE, with bright gilt, and excellent eye appeal. It would hard to find a better example of this traditionally, yet inexplicably, undervalued volume from Dickens's carefully-designed, newly prefaced and illustrated, first collection of his works. This is one of the more scarce titles from the series. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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