A Tale of Two Cities.London: Chapman & Hall, 1859 Stock Code: 129472
"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times"First edition in book form. Dickens's great historical romance, set during the French Revolution, remains one of his best known and most widely read works. The novel was originally serialized in the weekly journal All the Year Round, from 30 April to 26 November 1859, and was also published in eight monthly parts between June and December 1859. It was first published in the present book form on 21 November 1859; this copy has the second state of the list of plates without the signature "b", and with page 213 correctly numbered, not indicating priority of issue.
Octavo (211 x 134 mm). Late 19th-century half calf by C. and E. Brown of Bayswater, black morocco label to spine, gilt motifs to compartments, brown cloth sides, marbled endpapers and edges.
Engraved frontispiece, vignette title and 14 plates by H. K. Browne.
Label slightly chipped not affecting text, front hinge split but firm, small mark at foot of title page, a few instances of faint finger-soiling, a couple of gatherings standing slightly proud. A very good copy.
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