"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..."
Charles Dickens. A Tale of Two Cities. With
illustrations by H.K. Browne. London: Chapman and Hall, 1859. First
edition, first issue. Page 134 line 12 showing the misspelling of
"affetcionately" and page 213 shows incorrect pagination ("113.")
Octavo. viii, , 254 pp. Sixteen inserted plates by "Phiz,"
including frontispiece and vignette title. In the rare original
publisher's full red cloth, boards elaborately ruled and
paneled in blind, spine ruled and decoratively stamped in gilt.
Spine browned and worn, tailcap strengthened, boards dull, rubbed
and soiled, hinges starting, evidence of bookplate removal from
front pastedown, some pages roughly opened, a few pages a bit
loose, a few pages with short marginal tears or small chips, page
81/82 has a large marginal chip (not affecting text). Text quite
shaken. A fair copy in the rare original cloth.
Smith I, 13.
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