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    A Clean and Bright First Issue of A Tale of Two Cities

    Charles Dickens. A Tale of Two Cities. With Illustrations by H. K. Browne. London: Chapman and Hall, 1859.

    First edition, first issue, with all of the internal flaws listed by Smith, including "affetcionately" on p. 134, line 12, and page 213 incorrectly numbered "113." Octavo. viii, 254 pages. Like the UCLA copy, the present example lacks the List of Plates at [ix]; also 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 the frontispiece and added vignette title, with tissue guards.

    Attractive modern three-quarter blue morocco over marbled boards with four raised spine bands and gilt spine decorations. Morocco spine labels lettered in gilt. Marbled text edges. Minimal rubbing to the binding. Occasional dampstain to top corner of text. Scattered thumb-soiling to margins, otherwise a remarkably clean and bright textblock and plates. Very good condition.

    "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). From the Victor Gulotta Collection.

    Eckel, pp. 86-90. Gimbel A143. Sadleir 701. Smith I, 13.


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