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    Charles Dickens. A Tale of Two Cities. London: Chapman and Hall, 1859. First edition, first issue, with signature "b" present on the List of Plates leaf, and with all of the internal flaws listed by Smith, including "affectionately" on p. 134, line 12, and page 213 incorrectly numbered "113." Octavo (8.6875 x 5.5 inches; 221 x 140 mm.). viii, [1, "List of Plates"], [1, blank], 254 pages. This copy without the 32-page publisher's catalogue, dated November, 1859, bound at the end of some copies. Sixteen etched plates by H. K. Browne ("Phiz"), including frontispiece and added vignette title. Contemporary light brown polished calf by Morrell of London (stamp-signed on the verso of the front free endpaper). Covers with gilt triple fillet border and gilt corner ornaments, spine decoratively tooled in gilt in compartments with five raised bands and burgundy (two) and green (one) morocco gilt lettering labels, board edges and turn-ins decoratively tooled in gilt, all edges gilt. Backstrip faintly sunned. Leather at front panel shallowly scratched, running the width of the board near the top edge, with several very faint scratches. Occasional faint foxing and slight offsetting from the plates. Frontispiece just starting to split at the gutter and with a small paper repair in the gutter margin. Tiny piece torn from the upper blank corner of the plate facing p. 150. Two small stains in the gutter margin of pp. 142-147. Near fine. Housed in a green cloth slipcase. Eckel, pp. 86-90. Gimbel A143. Sadleir 701. Smith I, 13. From the Collection of Daniel J. King.

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    "A Tale of Two Cities originally appeared in the weekly journal All the Year Round from April 30 to November 26, 1859 (Nos. 1-31). It was also published in eight monthly parts, the last part forming a double number, from June-December 1859. The novel was published in book form on November 21, 1859" (Smith I, p. 98, note 3).

    "This novel was the final work which "Phiz" illustrated for Charles Dickens, a collaboration which spanned twenty-three years and included ten major novels" (Smith I, p. 98).



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