With illustrations by H. K. Browne.London: Bradbury and Evans, 1853 Stock Code: 139193
First edition, bound from the parts. "As Dickens's vision of society darkened, Browne adjusted his techniques, pioneering in the use of 'dark plates', where the plate was machine-ruled in parallel grooves which printed an almost uniform tone either before or after the figures and background were hand drawn. These brooding, atmospheric designs harmonized with the gloomy, foggy world of Bleak House and Little Dorrit" (Schlicke, p. 59). A handsomely bound copy.
Octavo (221 x 138 mm). Contemporary brown half morocco, titles and elaborate decoration to spine gilt, raised bands, green marbled cloth sides, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt.
Frontispiece, engraved title page, and 38 plates, 10 of which are dark plates, all by H. K. Browne.
Some occasional foxing and browning to leaves, corners a little worn, cloth frayed at edges. A very good copy.
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