London: Chapman and Hall, 1839. First Edition, first issue. First issue text, with two first issue plates; frontispiece not showing the imprint. Octavo. Bound in contemporary half brown calf over marbled paper boards, with raised bands, blind tooling and red title label to spine; all edges marbled; brown end papers. With bookseller's ticket. Binding is rubbed, worn at corners and spine ends, joints starting, boards scratched. Fairly clean inside, though the plates are foxed. Bookseller's ticket, "Charles Thurnam, Binder, Circulating Library, Carlisle", discreet ink ownership. The first of Dickens' romances, it is perhaps most famous for its extraordinary and memorable villains, Wackford Squeers and Ralph Nickleby. Item #43293
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