New York, NY: Sheldon and Company, 1862. FINELY BOUND. In four volumes. Crown octavo, pp. 322 ; pp. 312 ; pp. 306 ; pp. 336 . With a steel engraved frontispiece to each volume. In later burnt orange half morocco with raised bands, gilt titles and gilt decoration to spines. Top edges gilt; brown cloth boards. Very lightly browned, otherwise very good indeed, in a handsome binding. This landmark novel weaves together a number of stories concerning a self-important merchant and his two children. Dickens takes aim at arranged marriages, and along the way deals with child cruelty, broken and abusive familial relationships, and the fears elicited by the advent of the railway - which, towards the end of his life, Dickens was to experience for himself while writing Our Mutual Friend. Item #48388
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