Charles Dickens. American Notes for General Circulation. London: Chapman and Hall, 1842. First edition, first state.

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    Charles Dickens. American Notes for General Circulation. London: Chapman and Hall, 1842. First edition, first state with second contents page in volume 1 misnumbered 'xvi'; lacking half-titles and publisher's ads. Two octavo volumes (7.375 x 4.5 inches; 187 x 114 mm). Contemporary half tan calf over marbled boards, spines tooled in blind and gilt in compartments, five raised bands, gilt dark green morocco spine labels, all edges marbled. Printed paper bookplate affixed to front pastedown of volume 2. Very minor marginal soiling. Leaf X1 misbound between leaf T8 and leaf U1 in volume 2. Overall a very good copy. A lovely copy of Dickens' American Notes, a travelogue based on the journal that Dickens kept during his trip to North America in 1842. Dickens suppressed his preface after friends suggested it might be misunderstood by his American readers; however, because the preface had already been printed, when it was excised from the preliminaries the original pagination remained -- hence, in the first state as here, page 'x' is numbered 'xvi'. In the second state of the first edition the preliminaries were reprinted with the correct pagination. Howes D316. Clark III:151. Hubach, p. 94. Smith II, 3

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