A Tale Of Two Cities
by Charles Dickens
(Chapman & Hall - First Edition, First Printing 1859)
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A First Edition, first printing of Dickens' tale of the French Revolution.
Originally published in instalments between April and November 1859 and first issued in book form in November of that year - this volume is bound in half calf boards with a significant part of the original ribbon marker still present at page 208.
The following first printing points have been confirmed present:
- B" printed at the bottom of the un-numbered page 1
- line 12 on page 134 contains the misprint "affetcionately"
- page 213 incorrectly numbered as page 113
- triple end-quotes on line 14 of page 238
- "T" printed at bottom of page 253
- printer at bottom of page 254 identified as "C. Whiting, Beaufort House, Strand"
- signature "b" at bottom of the list of plates at the rear
- no advertisements.
Whilst the frontispiece and Title Page vignette are both present please note that only 13 out of the 14 plates are present - the illustration "Before The Prison Tribunal" that should be opposite page 168 has been carefully removed.
Book Condition - Fair: Hardback, 8vo (approx 8.5 inches / 22 cm tall), 254 + list of plates with 15 (out of 16) plates confirmed present (frontis plate attached but loose at bottom half, moisture staining to plate edges, mostly light to moderate foxing with a couple instances of significant to heavy foxing, some light to moderate soiling).
Moderate general wear to the brown cloth-covered boards but heavy rubbing and scratching to the calf spine and corner tips (significant joint splits adjoining front and rear boards and calf corner tip missing from top of the rear board, front board top corner tip heavily worn with underlying board visible).
Front hinge broken but boards still held by four binding cords at the rear, text block uneven but firmly bound with no loose pages (a couple instances of very short closed tears to the plain inner margins where the binding is too tight), bound from the original instalments with stab holes visible at inner margins, faint remains of an erased ownership inscription on the front free endpaper (dated 1896), moderate to significant foxing / soiling to the plain endpapers, a well read copy with occasional corner creasing and several mostly short closed tears to paper edges, intermittent mostly light to moderate internal soiling (occasionally significant to heavy), overall internally Fair on lightly browned paper in a clear and easily readable condition.
A Tale Of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens (Chapman & Hall - First Edition, First Printing 1859)
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