A Child's History of England.London, Bradbury & Evans, 1852-4 [i.e. 1851-3] Stock Code: 138215
NotesFirst editions in book form, first issues with the advertisements at the ends of each volume with the relevant points. Dickens's history of England for children, "intensely anti-aristocratic and anti-monarchical" (ODNB), originally appeared anonymously in Household Words between January 1851 and December 1853, with the volumes published in book-form in the December of those years, post-dated to the following years. In style, subject and composition, the book differed from all Dickens's other works.
3 volumes, large sextodecimo. Original reddish-brown cloth, gilt titles and decoration to spines, blind stamped border and gilt pictorial decoration to front covers, marbled endpapers and edges.
Each volume with the half titles and engraved frontispieces by F. W. Topham.
Contemporary ownership signature to half-title of vol. I. Loss at head of spine of vol. I, front hinges just starting, some light foxing to contents. A fresh set, cloth bright.
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