A Tale of Two Cities.London: Chapman and Hall, 1859 Stock Code: 147826
"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times"First edition, bound from the original monthly parts as published from June to December 1859, with the stab-holes visible; this copy with the earlier state of p. 213 misnumbered "113" and the signature "b" present on the list of plates, as preferred by collectors.
Dickens's great historical romance, set during the French Revolution, remains one of his best known and most widely read works. The novel was also serialized in the weekly journal All the Year Round from 30 April to 26 November 1859, and published in book form on 21 November 1859.
Octavo (214 x 132 mm). Late 19th-century tree calf by Mansell, twin red and brown morocco labels, spine gilt in compartments, marbled endpapers, gilt edges.
Engraved frontispiece, vignette title and 14 plates by H. K. Browne (Phiz); extra-illustrated with an engraved portrait of Dickens by R. Graves after W. P. Frith, and with the front wrapper of original part II bound at front.
Faded early presentation inscription to title page. Joints and extremities neatly restored, contents washed and clean save for small patch of browning to plate facing p. 50, repair to slight nick to plate facing p. 109. An excellent copy.
Eckel, pp. 86-90; Gimbel A142; Hatton & Cleaver p. 331; Kremers pp. 108-112, Sadleir 701; Smith 13.
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