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DescriptionCharles Dickens. Bleak House. London: Bradbury & Evans, Mar. 1852-Sept. 1853. Original serial issue. Twenty parts in nineteen. Octavo (8.875 x 5.5 inches; 225 x 142 mm.). Eight to twenty-four pages of preliminary ads in each part; text continuously paginated 1-624; eight leaves of preliminaries follow text in Part XIX/XX. Vignette title-page, frontispiece, and thirty-eight additional inserted plates, ten of which are "dark" plates, by H. K. Browne, all with tissue guards (majority appear to be contemporary though those in Part XIX/XX are later). Original blue illustrated paper wrappers. Majority of backstrips with subtle repairs, particularly toward ends, only Part IX appears to be completely rebacked; some repairs extending just into wrapper corners; regular edge wear, nicking, rumpling, scattered short tears, and light foxing and soiling to wrappers; Part XII with penciled signature and Part XV with inked signature, both to head of front wrapper. Ads complete but for Part I, which is lacking first two rear ads, Part VI, which has a version of the rear Oak Life Insurance slip not accounted for in Hatton & Cleaver (possibly later), Part XIV, which is lacking four pages of the rear Ali Ahmed slip, and Part XVI, which is lacking the "Grace Aguilar's Works" slip at rear. General light edge wear with occasional scattered rumpling, spot-staining, foxing, thumbsoiling, and evidence of dog-earing; a few leaves roughly opened; two parts with text completely unopened; two sets of plate edges browned, with remaining plates showing some minor offsetting from tissue guards. Very good to about near fine. Includes "Village Pastor" advertisement in Part XV. Housed in custom red cloth-covered slipcase, spine panel lettered in gilt, with red leather book label of Florence & Edward Kaye. A Haycraft Queen Cornerstone. Hatton & Cleaver, pp. 275-304.
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