First Edition, First Issue, in the Publisher's Primary Cloth BindingCharles 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 "affectionately" 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.
Publisher's primary binding of deep red morocco-grain cloth. Covers decoratively paneled in blind, spine ruled in blind and decoratively stamped and lettered in gilt. Original pale yellow coated endpapers. Cloth faded and discolored; joints rubbed, with a few short splits; cloth strengthened at head and foot of spine; hinges repaired. Frontispiece split at the gutter, but still intact; a few plates with stab-holes visible (a few neatly filled in); repaired tear to the outer margin of the plate facing p. 94, just entering the plate caption; a few tiny tears to the outer margin of the plate facing p. 137; repaired tear to the plate facing p. 168; the plate facing p. 225 is tipped to p. 224. Tiny paper flaw to the outer blank margin of B8 (pp. 15/16); small stain to L1 (pp. 133/134); short tear to the lower margin of O8 (pp. 195/196), with a small piece missing; a few marginal stains to p. 240. A good copy, extremely scarce in its original cloth in any condition.
Eckel, pp. 86-90. Gimbel A143. Sadleir 701. Smith I, 13.
"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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