First Issue of A Tale of Two CitiesCharles Dickens. A Tale of Two Cities. With Illustrations by H. K. Browne. 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 "affetcionately" on p. 134, line 12, and page 213 incorrectly numbered "113." Octavo. 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. Handsomely bound in full red crushed morocco by an unknown but skilled binder. Covers with gilt triple fillet border, spine decoratively tooled and titled in gilt in compartments with five raised bands, gilt board edges, and elaborately gilt-tooled inner dentelles. Marbled endpapers. Top edge gilt. Hinges repaired. Very light occasional foxing. A near fine copy.
"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).
Eckel, pp. 86-90. Gimbel A143. Sadleir 701. Smith I, 13.
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