With illustrations by H. K. Browne.London: Bradbury & Evans, 1857 Stock Code: 148086
First edition, bound from the original monthly parts as issued from December 1855 to June 1857, with the stab-holes visible; handsomely bound.
Dickens's biographer declares the novel to be the author's "single most ferocious onslaught against England and English society; against its government, against its financiers, against its artists, and even against its ordinary citizens... He had of course made attacks of such a kind before but they had always been directed against specific abuses and, in Oliver Twist for example, the powers of money and benevolence together could at least rescue the doomed orphan child. In Little Dorrit, money itself is seen to be a faithless and corrupt delusion" (Ackroyd, Dickens, p. 758).
Octavo (214 x 128 mm). Late 19th-century tree calf by Mansell, twin red and brown morocco labels, spine gilt in compartments, marbled endpapers, gilt edges.
Frontispiece, engraved title, and 38 plates, of which 8 are "dark plates", all by H. K. Browne (Phiz). With front wrapper of an original part bound at front.
Joints and extremities neatly restored, light browning and foxing to plates as often else contents clean, repaired short closed tear at foot of list of plates; a very good copy.
Hatton & Cleaver 307-330; Kremers pp. 103-7; Smith I, 91-3.
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