DescriptionCharles Dickens. The Battle of Life. A Love Story. London: Bradbury & Evans, 1846. First edition, fourth state of the vignette title. Illustrated. Publisher's deep red horizontally-ribbed cloth. Very good.
First edition, fourth state of the vignette title, with "A Love Story" etched in viny letters on a scroll that is part of the plate not carried by a cupid, and with no publisher's imprint. Small octavo. , 175, [1, printer's imprint], [2, advertisements] pages.
Wood-engraved frontispiece and added vignette title; eleven wood-engraved text illustrations. Covers decoratively stamped in blind with two double-line borders interspersed with twelve floral designs, front cover lettered in gilt and decoratively stamped in gilt with two cherubs about to battle while mounted on wasps above a decorative spray, spine lettered in gilt within an oval garland of leaves and flowers with a cherub on a wasp at top and bottom. All edges gilt. Original pale yellow coated endpapers. No silk ribbon marker present. Moderate wear and soiling to boards. Spine cocked. Joints with short splits at the spine ends, which are a bit frayed. Corners exposed. Previous owner's inscription on the front free endpaper. Occasional light spotting. Over-opened at page 32.
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