London: Chapman and Hall, 1859. [Classic Literature] FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE, (signature 'b' noted on list of plates; page 213 numbered 113; 'affectionately' misspelled on page 134; the name of 'Stryver' misspelt on plate at page 94). Octavo (22 x 14cm), pp.254, engravings by H.K. Browne. Full green morocco, spine gilt-lettered in six compartments with raised bands, marbled edges and endpapers. Occasional foxing, ownership signature to first leaf of text, plate at p.28 neatly re-inserted when bound. A near fine copy in an attractive recent leather binding. One of Dickens most accessible tales, set at the time of the French Revolution; the fortunes of two men - Charles Darnay, an exiled French aristocrat and Sydney Carton, a disreputable but brilliant English laywer - become entwined through their love for Lucie Manette. Drawn together to the streets of Paris, their fate is played out under the vengeful shadow of La Guillotine. Item #50535
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